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学习英语 / Loserdom
« on: November 09, 2015, 01:25:16 AM »

Loserdom

Loser + -dom = loserdom. Noun.
1. (informal) The state or condition of being a loser.
2. (informal) The world or sphere of losers.
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/loserdom (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

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Learn Chinese / Chinese word for 'crisis'
« on: November 08, 2015, 11:34:50 PM »

The Chinese word for crisis

  It's a popular topic. The Chinese word for 'crisis' is 危机.
 More:
"The Chinese word for "crisis" (simplified Chinese: 危机; traditional Chinese: 危機; pinyin: wēijī) is frequently invoked in Western motivational speaking as being composed of two Chinese characters respectively signifying "danger" and "opportunity". Some linguists have criticized this interpretation as a kind of etymological fallacy and because the primary meaning of the character pronounced jī (simplified Chinese: 机; traditional Chinese: 機) is not "opportunity".

Usage
American linguist Benjamin Zimmer has traced mentions in English of the Chinese term for "crisis" as far as an anonymous editorial in a 1938 journal for missionaries in China.[3][1] But its use probably gained momentum in the United States after John F. Kennedy employed this trope in speeches in 1959 and 1960:
In the Chinese language, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters,
one representing danger and the other, opportunity.
Its meaning was further reinforced when Richard M. Nixon and others employed its use in their own public oratory.
Referencing the word has since become a staple meme for American business consultants and motivational speakers, as well as gaining popularity in educational institutions, politics and in the popular press. For example, in 2007, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice applied it during Middle East peace talks. Former Vice President Al Gore did so both in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, in the introduction of An Inconvenient Truth, and in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance lecture.
Benjamin Zimmer attributes the appeal of this anecdote to its "handiness" as a rhetorical device and optimistic "call to action", as well as to "wishful thinking".

Public mistranslation
Chinese philologist Victor H. Mair of the University of Pennsylvania states the popular interpretation of wēijī as "danger" plus "opportunity" is a "widespread public misperception" in the English-speaking world. While wēi (危) does mean "dangerous" or "precarious", the element jī (机) is highly polysemous. The basic theme common to its meaning is something like "critical point". "Opportunity" in Chinese is instead a compound noun that contains jī, jīhuì (机会, literally "meeting a critical point")."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_word_for_"crisis" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_Attribution-ShareAlike_3.0_Unported_License
 So, remember: danger + opportunity ≠ crisis. :)

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Learn Chinese / Chinese word for 'tiger'
« on: November 08, 2015, 11:10:32 PM »

The Chinese word for tiger

  I'll tell you the Chinese word for tiger. It's 老虎 (a two Chinese characters word).

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Learn Chinese / Chinese word for 'dragon'
« on: November 08, 2015, 11:08:19 PM »

The Chinese word for dragon

  I'll tell you the Chinese word for dragon. It's .

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Learn Chinese / Chinese word for...
« on: November 08, 2015, 11:03:55 PM »

Chinese word for this and that

  We're happy to help you, if you want to know some certain Chinese words. Just let us know! 8)
 I'll start with some popular words.

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  Hi, pro-voat and anti-voat readers! I wanted to come back and visit this topic again. Now that the attention is probably off it, it will be maybe less noticeable for its responses. I saw an interesting opinion and I'll represent it here in my way, adding some more info from me, based on my experience. So, both those of the so called SJW ("social justice warriors") as well as those opposed to them, use pretty much the same methods! For instance, over at Voat is this thing about abusive mods (of course I do agree some of the mods are really abusive like that The_Penis_Wizard in  voat.co/v/fatpeoplehate). So, it is a witch hunt, a witch hunt plain and simple. The heads will claim that you are 'abusing' your mod privileges, if/when some action (such as removal of a post that doesn't belong in the flock) occurs. This is the usual excuse. And disagreeing with their methods is another reason. What will happen then is they'll make a big post somewhere on the issue at their flock, add the @-sign in front of your nick (to 'call you out' on the action). If you ignore them, then will come the hordes (including the downvote brigades) downvoting everything you post (it may also happens, if you answer them). They will at the same time lie to your face that there is any sort of organized group against you (or something else; honesty is not their priority). They either communicate else where on the net or the mention without response is the key to go into downvote mode. They'll continue this until they drag you into their little drama party, where you're invited to the dogpile (about the term dogpilehttp://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dog+Pile)  with you being the underdog. After they ran off all the major contributors that did not agree with them, suddenly it was about actions not people.
The person I mentioned at the beginning was one of those and it's not because there was ever a deleted thread, nor so much as a banned member in his sub. Their issue with him was he calling them out on their methods which were no better than those they are opposed to!
 Good to have more information about the problems in Voat (voat.co), which is not going to be a leading website.

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Social network | SEO - Social network / What is Guang ming
« on: November 02, 2015, 06:03:27 AM »

Guang ming

  Do you know about Guang ming (or 'Guangming')? It's a name of newspapers, locations in China, etc. See all: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangming.

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Other topics / I had imaginary conversations with her
« on: November 02, 2015, 04:16:32 AM »

I had imaginary conversations with her

I miss my grandma. And I had imaginary conversations with her.

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Other topics / %bc%ab%cf%de%cc%f4ս
« on: November 02, 2015, 04:06:08 AM »

%bc%ab%cf%de%cc%f4ս

And I saw this: %bc%ab%cf%de%cc%f4ս. No idea what's that.

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Other topics / abcdefghijklmnopqrs
« on: November 02, 2015, 01:37:26 AM »

About the abcdefghijklmnopqrs

I met and interesting nickname online. It's abcdefghijklmnopqrs. The abcdefghijklmnopqrs is a big part of the English alphabet.

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Other topics / Halloween Boo
« on: October 15, 2015, 03:18:16 PM »

About the Halloween Boo

You know Halloween and you know boo, so you probably know Halloween boo?
 Some of you need these:
  • Halloween boo letter
  • Halloween boo poem
  • Halloween boo game
  • Halloween boo signs
  • Halloween boo images
  • Halloween boo basket
  • Halloween boo... etc.
Well, I may be useful about the Halloween boo sign like this: -- Halloween ghost, Halloween pumpkin (Jack-o-lantern), Halloween bats and a 'Boo!'... isn't it a good Halloween Boo sign?
 You may tell me what do you think about it! Thank you in advance!

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Other topics / Promovate01, Storeforlol -- accounts deleted
« on: October 12, 2015, 09:07:21 PM »

Promovate01, Storeforlol -- deleted


  Promovate01, Storeforlol -- accounts deleted. REASONS: no posts, multi-accounting!

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Other topics / clydekk18, corneliatx16 -- accounts deleted
« on: October 03, 2015, 08:47:41 AM »

clydekk18, corneliatx16 -- deleted


  clydekk18, corneliatx16 -- accounts deleted. REASONS: no posts, multi-accounting! (As usual. :()

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Internet / ASCII pig
« on: October 03, 2015, 04:28:11 AM »
If you need some ASCII piggy, here you may find one: ASCII pig.

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Internet / ASCII pig face
« on: October 03, 2015, 04:23:42 AM »

↖(^ω^)↗

Lovely, happy, hugging (?) piglet (an ASCII pig)! :-* An average sized ↖(^ω^)↗ and a big sized: ↖(^ω^)↗. :) :)

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