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SauceyBlueConfetti
01-24-2014, 09:09 AM
First the Mayor
Then the Beibs

now this (http://screen.yahoo.com/broken-news-daily/rat-infested-ghost-ship-headed-224503964.html)

Cannibal Rat Infested Ghost Ship Set Loose by Canada!

Experts believe an unmanned, missing Russian cruise ship might be making an unexpected landing in Europe soon. The crew of the Lyubov Orlova deserted the ship after it was impounded over unpaid debts in Newfoundland in 2010. Two years later, the Canadian government was towing it to scrap in the Dominican Republic. When the towline broke in heavy North Atlantic seas, the Canadian government decided to just let her go. After several recent storms have hit the North Atlantic, experts now fear that the ghost ship might be heading for landfall in Ireland, Scotland or the southern tip of England. And that's not even the worst part. The worst part is that the ship is probably carrying horrible cannibal rats.

DahLliA
01-24-2014, 09:27 AM
Not so nice after all, eh?

GonzoTheGreat
01-24-2014, 09:52 AM
Which of those three is worst, though?

A mayor, a Bieber and a cannibal rat walk into an Irish pub ...

Nazbaque
01-24-2014, 09:55 AM
But if cannibalism spreads among rats, won't that make rat problems better?

ShadowbaneX
01-24-2014, 10:06 AM
I blame Harper.

Ivhon
01-24-2014, 10:22 AM
Yannow, this is exactly the bizarre creepy scenario that starts zombie apocalypses...

Nazbaque
01-24-2014, 10:48 AM
Yannow, this is exactly the bizarre creepy scenario that starts zombie apocalypses...

Oh well at least we won't have to pay taxes anymore

GonzoTheGreat
01-24-2014, 11:04 AM
You think that zombie lawyers won't vote to levy taxes?

Nazbaque
01-24-2014, 11:10 AM
You think that zombie lawyers won't vote to levy taxes?

No just that there won't be anyone to enforce it since the armies and the police are the first to go down

Davian93
01-24-2014, 11:24 AM
But if cannibalism spreads among rats, won't that make rat problems better?

Last rat standing?

http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/Skyfall-Movie-Review-9.jpg?1351413903

Khoram
01-24-2014, 11:37 AM
I blame Harper.

Really? I'd blame Marois and her Pequistes floozies.

ShadowbaneX
01-24-2014, 11:49 AM
Really? I'd blame Marois and her Pequistes floozies.

I'm not against blaming the PQ so how about we blame both?

Davian93
01-24-2014, 11:54 AM
The Quebecois are always to blame.

Khoram
01-24-2014, 01:38 PM
The Quebecois are always to blame.

Correction: The "Quebecois" are always to blame. That is, those people claiming to be only Quebecois instead of Canadians/Quebecer.

Stupid Pequistes... :mad:

Terez
01-24-2014, 02:55 PM
http://assets-s3.usmagazine.com/uploads/assets/articles/69828-justin-bieber-arrest-stars-tweet-reactions-mugshot-jokes/1390500405_justin-bieber-mugshot-467.jpg

ShadowbaneX
01-24-2014, 04:59 PM
ugh, god, T, sblock that or something.

SauceyBlueConfetti
01-24-2014, 05:37 PM
Pic of lifeless empty shell set adrift in the world, abandoned by anyone who could control it?

ShadowbaneX
01-24-2014, 05:59 PM
more than likely it did the abandoning, and not the other way around.

pops taer
01-24-2014, 10:07 PM
Beeeeberr needs his butt busted big time and maybe even more. 2500 bond is ridiculous. Pocket Change. Poor Little Rich Boy!!! Dumb Arse he is!!!!

ShadowbaneX
01-25-2014, 12:21 AM
If it weren't for the fact that he'd have to come back to Canada, I say that the US should definitely deport him. I wonder if they could manage to confine him to Toronto. They utterly deserve him.

Isabel
01-25-2014, 03:17 AM
If it weren't for the fact that he'd have to come back to Canada, I say that the US should definitely deport him. I wonder if they could manage to confine him to Toronto. They utterly deserve him.

that's not nice to Ishara!

Nazbaque
01-25-2014, 03:31 AM
that's not nice to Ishara!

Well it's like in the bible. That like wicked city was like going to be destroyed and god like let the one good guy leave it first.

Khoram
01-25-2014, 09:17 AM
Well it's like in the bible. That like wicked city was like going to be destroyed and god like let the one good guy leave it first.

And his wife just had to go back outside and watch the city burn, which resulted in her turning into a salt pillar.

Can we petition Harper to have him deported to the Ukraine? Maybe the middle of the conflict in Kirv? Either that, or the middle of the Atlantic.

GonzoTheGreat
01-25-2014, 10:03 AM
Either that, or the middle of the Atlantic.
Then we'd get the sequel Poor Willy, starring both that Orca (or a couple of specially trained stand ins) and the Bieber. Is that really a good idea?

ShadowbaneX
01-25-2014, 11:18 AM
What about antarctica? Or are you gonna complain that's not fair to the penguins? Still exile is good, but I'm still for Toronto (sorry Ishy).

GonzoTheGreat
01-25-2014, 11:25 AM
Penguins are cute. Toronto does seem to have the least impact on the environment.

Davian93
01-25-2014, 03:26 PM
The Bieb
Bryan Adams
Celine Dion

Stop foisting your crappy singers on us, Canada!

Khoram
01-25-2014, 04:17 PM
The Bieb
Bryan Adams
Celine Dion

Stop foisting your crappy singers on us, Canada!

You guys took Shania Twain from us, too. :(

GonzoTheGreat
01-26-2014, 01:25 AM
You guys took Shania Twain from us, too. :(
Don't worry, we're willing to keep her.

Tomp
01-26-2014, 02:44 PM
Well it's like in the bible. That like wicked city was like going to be destroyed and god like let the one good guy leave it first.

Makes me think of:
Prince Edmund: Tell me, Brother Baldrick, what exactly did God do to the Sodomites?

Baldrick: I dunno, my lord. But it can't have been worse than what they used to do to each other.

Tomp
01-26-2014, 02:48 PM
A mayor, a Bieber and a cannibal rat walk into an Irish pub ...

Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, or a weird porn movie.

Khoram
01-26-2014, 07:25 PM
Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, or a weird porn movie.

Great. The next we hear of Rob Ford and Justin Bieber, they'll be starring in a gay porn movie called The Best Gaym You Can Name. :shudder:

ShadowbaneX
01-27-2014, 12:41 PM
Here's some nightmare fuel. (http://i.imgur.com/dq3AR8K.jpg)

(do spoiler blocks not work any more?)

Terez
01-28-2014, 04:42 PM
Schnee!

(Seemed like an appropriate thread in which to celebrate.)

ShadowbaneX
01-28-2014, 11:02 PM
Getting some weather down there?

Sarevok
01-29-2014, 03:50 AM
Schnee!

(Seemed like an appropriate thread in which to celebrate.)

You can keep it! :)

GonzoTheGreat
01-29-2014, 04:34 AM
You can keep it! :)
Allegedly, we have snow of our own, somewhere far up north, in earthquake country.

Weird Harold
01-29-2014, 04:53 AM
Here's some nightmare fuel. (http://i.imgur.com/dq3AR8K.jpg)

(do spoiler blocks not work any more?)
spoiler tags only work on text, not on images or emoticons. :D

Ishara
01-29-2014, 07:30 AM
To be fair, Bieber isn't from Toronto, and nor am I.

That kid needs to hear the word NO occassionally, if ever. We'll see how it plays out, but I think I'll the rat-fuelled zombie apocolypse over the odds that he gets some merited jail time/ consequences.

As for Mayor Ford...le sigh.

Terez
01-29-2014, 10:25 AM
Getting some weather down there?
Yes, it's very exciting. We got so much sleet yesterday afternoon that it piled up like snow. It looks like snow from a distance but up close you can see it's little ice pellets. It doesn't completely cover the ground, though; it's mostly piled up in the shady spots and on the cars and roofs. Still, it's more than we've gotten here on the coast in more than ten years. I think the last time it snowed, it melted a lot quicker. We were supposed to get actual snow last night but I'm not sure if we did. Still looks like ice pellets to me.

ShadowbaneX
01-29-2014, 10:31 AM
heh, and now I'm reminded of that 6.0 Earthquake that rolled through here a couple of years back.

Tomp
01-29-2014, 11:39 AM
Getting some weather down there?

Well light a match or get some air fresheners.
If it's really bad you should maybe go to the doctor.

:p

:D

Terez
01-29-2014, 11:51 AM
Sneauxmageddon 2014! They were supposed to come get our garbage yesterday, but that didn't happen. There was, however, a hobo-looking dude that came by yesterday in a silver truck that looked much too nice for him. He stole all our cans.

https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1/971684_10151968583912252_1691416970_n.jpg

GonzoTheGreat
01-29-2014, 11:53 AM
Perhaps the Global Warming deniers are right after all, and a new Ice Age has begun. Have you seen any mammoths, yet?

Tomp
01-29-2014, 02:34 PM
Who's stashed "The Bowl of the Winds" in their attic and forgotten to turn it off?

GonzoTheGreat
01-30-2014, 04:36 AM
Toronto is on to us, it seems. And it has come up with a dastardly plan to foil our designs (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25954645).

Southpaw2012
01-30-2014, 05:40 PM
Bieber is on a tear. Egging houses in Cali, racing in Florida, and now whooping up on limo drivers in Toronto. New York and Texas better be ready.

Davian93
01-30-2014, 08:01 PM
Bieber is on a tear. Egging houses in Cali, racing in Florida, and now whooping up on limo drivers in Toronto. New York and Texas better be ready.

Looks like its going to be a good harvest this year.

Khoram
01-30-2014, 08:50 PM
Has he really not done anything of note in Vegas yet?

Nazbaque
01-30-2014, 09:27 PM
Probably, but you know "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas".

Khoram
01-30-2014, 10:06 PM
Well, not everything. :rolleyes:

Ishara
01-31-2014, 08:57 AM
He's wanted in 3 states, kid's a badass. Yeah.

ShadowbaneX
01-31-2014, 09:18 AM
Wanted? Not really since he's been arrested in those states. There's probably a Canada/Canadian joke in there, but I'm still too asleep to find it.

GonzoTheGreat
01-31-2014, 09:22 AM
Wanted: in three different states, preferably each on a separate continent.

Uno
01-31-2014, 09:31 AM
On a related note, one might perhaps be forgiven for suggesting that the intense attention the police gives to the childish prank of egging a rich person's house is indicative of how law enforcement works to uphold the interest of the ruling class.

Davian93
01-31-2014, 09:46 AM
On a related note, one might perhaps be forgiven for suggesting that the intense attention the police gives to the childish prank of egging a rich person's house is indicative of how law enforcement works to uphold the interest of the ruling class.

On many occasions (especially as I get older) I tend to wonder if the human brain is simply hard-wired to want a class society where their perceived "betters" rule over them.

Democracy & equality seem to be the exceptions to the rule if viewed across the full span of human civilization.

GonzoTheGreat
01-31-2014, 10:05 AM
It is and isn't. Humans are not quite as simple as they appear at first* glance.

* or second, or third, or ... come to think of it, you may need to do quite a bit of glancing to spot this. Still, it can be done.

SauceyBlueConfetti
01-31-2014, 10:08 AM
I read it wrong the first time.

LIMBO driver assault


Seems more on par with his antics that way though

Nazbaque
01-31-2014, 11:55 AM
He's wanted in 3 states, kid's a badass. Yeah.

Well we could give one his head, the second his limbs and the last his torso. Everyone would be happy.

Tomp
01-31-2014, 04:25 PM
He's wanted in 3 states

3 states you say.

1 Asleep
2 Neutered
3 Dead

(or make up your own)

Khoram
01-31-2014, 05:41 PM
3 states you say.

1 Asleep
2 Neutered
3 Dead

(or make up your own)

He has to be awake when he's being neutered. Otherwise, what's the point?

ShadowbaneX
01-31-2014, 07:12 PM
He has to be awake when he's being neutered. Otherwise, what's the point?

Are we sure that's appropriate? I mean, wouldn't spaying be more correct?

Terez
01-31-2014, 11:29 PM
How about we just break him in half like the boy he is and throw him off this balcony?

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1412669!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/101607pcnex-bieber.jpg

Khoram
02-01-2014, 12:06 AM
Are we sure that's appropriate? I mean, wouldn't spaying be more correct?

I guess spaying is more appropriate.

GonzoTheGreat
02-01-2014, 03:24 AM
How about we just break him in half like the boy he is and throw him off this balcony?[/IMG]
Michael Jackson would be the obvious choice to do that, but he's a bit not available anymore. Who else has the guts to do something like that?

Terez
02-01-2014, 02:53 PM
Michael Jackson would be the obvious choice to do that, but he's a bit not available anymore. Who else has the guts to do something like that?
This guy, apparently:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoZR5vr6JYg

GonzoTheGreat
02-02-2014, 03:31 AM
That's an American. Does that mean that the USA is formally volunteering to take care of Bieber?

Khoram
02-02-2014, 09:29 AM
Aren't there petitioners to deport him?

ShadowbaneX
02-02-2014, 09:40 AM
Aren't there petitioners to deport him?
Probably. That said, there are probably counter-petitions to keep him around...or has his popularity dropped amongst his fanbase?

Khoram
02-02-2014, 11:33 AM
There are a bunch of reasons for his popularity in his fan base to drop, and to drop significantly, but I doubt it.

Nazbaque
02-02-2014, 11:37 AM
There are a bunch of reasons for his popularity in his fan base to drop, and to drop significantly, but I doubt it.

As most of those reasons are founded on humans being reasonable, I'd say your doubts are justified.

Terez
02-02-2014, 10:47 PM
That's an American. Does that mean that the USA is formally volunteering to take care of Bieber?
We'd have to trick Bieber into asking him a question about his legal troubles.

GonzoTheGreat
02-03-2014, 02:36 AM
We'd have to trick Bieber into asking him a question about his legal troubles.
Tricking Bieber shouldn't be too difficult, I would think. So no problems there.

Sei'taer
02-04-2014, 07:36 AM
Ahh the Bieb (funny, that autocorrects to Biden) anyway, he hit on my little sister and she shot him down and he's been doing dumb shit since that day. I blame her.

GonzoTheGreat
02-04-2014, 07:41 AM
Ahh the Bieb (funny, that autocorrects to Biden) anyway, he hit on my little sister and she shot him down and he's been doing dumb shit since that day. I blame her.
So if she'd been more reasonable then he would now have been your brother in law?

Nazbaque
02-04-2014, 08:13 AM
So if she'd been more reasonable then he would now have been your brother in law?

I think Sei's plans involved the phrase "till death do you part". That's what Bieber is for. Gets rich marries and dies so that someone else can make use of his money.

Davian93
02-04-2014, 08:57 AM
Something's got to be done...if Canada can't police its own problems, perhaps we'll have to go with Plan B:

http://www.invadecanada.us/path4.gif

Nazbaque
02-04-2014, 09:14 AM
Something's got to be done...if Canada can't police its own problems, perhaps we'll have to go with Plan B:

You know I can't get over the irony of US politicians saying stuff like that (Them actually meaning it instead of saying it with humorous intent) It's like the ultimate pot calling the kettle black situation.

Khoram
02-04-2014, 09:54 AM
Why would you go into Quebec? Everybody knows that we aren't part of Canada. -_- :rolleyes:

GonzoTheGreat
02-04-2014, 10:29 AM
Why would you go into Quebec? Everybody knows that we aren't part of Canada. -_- :rolleyes:
Exactly. They'll obviously fail in the "real Canada", just as happened in Iraq, Vietnam and so forth. But they can conquer Quebec and then declare victory. Real Canada won't contest that (being happy to let go of Quebec), so it is an obvious win-win for everyone. Apart for whoever gets stuck with Quebec, but American politicians don't look that far into the future, so that doesn't worry them.

Isabel
02-04-2014, 11:01 AM
Exactly. They'll obviously fail in the "real Canada", just as happened in Iraq, Vietnam and so forth. But they can conquer Quebec and then declare victory. Real Canada won't contest that (being happy to let go of Quebec), so it is an obvious win-win for everyone. Apart for whoever gets stuck with Quebec, but American politicians don't look that far into the future, so that doesn't worry them.

Lol, gonzo, you make me laugh:)

SauceyBlueConfetti
02-04-2014, 11:15 AM
Something's got to be done...if Canada can't police its own problems, perhaps we'll have to go with Plan B:

http://www.invadecanada.us/path4.gif

No No No.

You enter quietly from the North (Detroit)wearing hockey sweaters and talking about curling to the guys in the booth.

Khoram
02-04-2014, 11:23 AM
Exactly. They'll obviously fail in the "real Canada", just as happened in Iraq, Vietnam and so forth. But they can conquer Quebec and then declare victory. Real Canada won't contest that (being happy to let go of Quebec), so it is an obvious win-win for everyone. Apart for whoever gets stuck with Quebec, but American politicians don't look that far into the future, so that doesn't worry them.

Just like how the Americans lost when they got Texas?

ShadowbaneX
02-04-2014, 11:24 AM
If that's they're reasoning they're welcome to it. It'll be really funny to watch someone else having to deal with Quebec for once.

GonzoTheGreat
02-04-2014, 11:55 AM
If that's they're reasoning they're welcome to it.
Translated into English:
"If that is they are reasoning they are welcome to it."

SauceyBlueConfetti
02-04-2014, 12:11 PM
I find it funny you people are more concerned with the Beibs than with ZOMBIE RATS LOOSE IN THE ATLANTIC !!!


Don't say I didn't warn you.

Brita
02-04-2014, 12:47 PM
This made me laugh. From Global Post (http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/140129/russian-ghost-ship-cannibal-rats-hoax-satire):

Last week many news sources asked many versions of this question: Is a ship full of rats headed your way? It wasn't. Here’s a short dialogue between the media and its readers.

Is a ship full of rats headed your way?
I hope not?

Is a ship full of rats headed your way?
Well, you’re the news, so, can you tell me?

Is a ship full of rats headed your way?
Maybe you could ask one of your reporters? I mean, is someone on this?

Is a ship full of rats headed your way?
Is a ship full of rats headed your way?

Is a ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
So now they’re cannibal rats?

Is a ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
Do you mean, like, me specifically?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
A ghost ship?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
Is this a ride at Disney?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
I have to ask. What are your sources?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
You know you’re on a news website, right?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
And not in the nightmare of a cat?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
Well, I just did a tad research, and it turns out no one knows where the ship is. None of the coast guards are worried about it. And the thing about the rats was just speculation from one Belgian salvage hunter.

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
Is a storm of rattlesnakes headed your way?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
Is a hot air balloon full of alien blood floating over your house?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
Is a bear going through your things?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
Is there a terrifying wooden doll on your pillow?

Is a Russian ghost ship full of cannibal rats headed your way?
Authorities are now saying the ship probably sank.

Oh.

But, you know, thanks for all the good work you do.
You’re welcome.

ShadowbaneX
02-04-2014, 01:21 PM
Translated into English:
"If that is they are reasoning they are welcome to it."

Thanks Gonzo. I was still half asleep when I wrote that.

Terez
02-04-2014, 06:07 PM
If that's they're reasoning they're welcome to it. It'll be really funny to watch someone else having to deal with Quebec for once.
I like Quebec. Quebec is helping me learn French!

ShadowbaneX
02-04-2014, 06:32 PM
Hate to tell ya T, but that's not French, it's Quebecois. You try to speak that in France and they'll laugh at you.

Terez
02-04-2014, 06:34 PM
Fortunately, Dom seems to be familiar with the differences. :) And pronunciation doesn't matter much for my task.

Khoram
02-04-2014, 10:53 PM
Hate to tell ya T, but that's not French, it's Quebecois. You try to speak that in France and they'll laugh at you.

You try to speak that in any French-speaking country, and they'll laugh at you. My dad was in Switzerland and he started speaking french to somebody, and she started to laugh at him.

Our accents are so bad that it's difficult to understand each other, sometimes. Especially if you're from the backwater towns up north.

ShadowbaneX
02-04-2014, 11:01 PM
Not to mention how horribly it is laden with English. "Je vais prendre le truck pour aller a le McDonalds pour un Hamberburger," is a perfectly valid Quebecois sentence.

The pure French side of it is archaic stuck in like the 17th century almost as bad as speaking Victorian English would be these days.

Khoram
02-04-2014, 11:20 PM
Not to mention how horribly it is laden with English. "Je vais prendre le truck pour aller a le McDonalds pour un Hamberburger," is a perfectly valid Quebecois sentence.

The pure French side of it is archaic stuck in like the 17th century almost as bad as speaking Victorian English would be these days.

Yep. Old-fashioned French is what we speak. :D

Terez
02-04-2014, 11:26 PM
Right now I'm trying to translate some bits of the correspondance of Franz Liszt and Marie d'Agoult. Liszt was a Hungarian, but he was raised in Germany/Austria and France, so he could speak both French and German. Marie's background was similarly bilingual, and both of them dabbled in English, so while their letters are mostly French, quite often they are a very interesting mix of the three. They wrote in English when they were being particularly secretive or romantic, which is hilarious. Especially when Marie declares passionately, "This is to be! To be!"

ShadowbaneX
02-04-2014, 11:49 PM
Yep. Old-fashioned French is what we speak. :D

Bastardized with a bunch of English words.

GonzoTheGreat
02-05-2014, 03:40 AM
Right now I'm trying to translate some bits of the correspondance of Franz Liszt and Marie d'Agoult. Liszt was a Hungarian, but he was raised in Germany/Austria and France, so he could speak both French and German. Marie's background was similarly bilingual, and both of them dabbled in English, so while their letters are mostly French, quite often they are a very interesting mix of the three. They wrote in English when they were being particularly secretive or romantic, which is hilarious. Especially when Marie declares passionately, "This is to be! To be!"
It is well known that English is the language of love. It has a lot of four letter words to deal with the subject and it's sub-topics.

Davian93
02-05-2014, 07:18 AM
Yep. Old-fashioned French is what we speak. :D

Yeah, I was talking to this French exchange student that my SO was in class with and he was pretty rough about the Quebecois...something about "backwoods hicks" I believe is what he said about their French. He could understand it but basically said they all sounded like rubes trying to speak. Said their accent was hilariously bad.

Khoram
02-05-2014, 09:47 AM
Yeah, I was talking to this French exchange student that my SO was in class with and he was pretty rough about the Quebecois...something about "backwoods hicks" I believe is what he said about their French. He could understand it but basically said they all sounded like rubes trying to speak. Said their accent was hilariously bad.

It's absolutely awful. We all learn proper French in school, but once you're on the street, it takes a completely different turn. Joile is what we call our version of French. And yes, it is much worse in the more remote areas of Quebec.

GonzoTheGreat
02-05-2014, 10:05 AM
Joile is what we call our version of French.
If you had spoken proper French, then you would've known that the word to aim for was "jolie".

Khoram
02-05-2014, 11:35 AM
If you had spoken proper French, then you would've known that the word to aim for was "jolie".

Our French is anything but jolie. :rolleyes:

Ishara
02-05-2014, 11:49 AM
Okay, but at what point does it stop being a bad accent and become it's own language, like Creole/ Cajun? Like, it's a regionally specific thing. I don't study languages, but it seems that at some point there must be a saw-off, non?

GonzoTheGreat
02-05-2014, 11:59 AM
Okay, but at what point does it stop being a bad accent and become it's own language, like Creole/ Cajun? Like, it's a regionally specific thing. I don't study languages, but it seems that at some point there must be a saw-off, non?
May be the same thing that determines when two varieties are counted as separate species: when they no longer can mate with each other and produce viable offspring*. Then again, I'm not all that well versed in linguistics, and there might be another relevant criterion.

* Edited to add: mind you, biologists also had to drop, or at least amend, that rule when they found that actual animals may ignore it when it suits them. There's two elephant species that can mate and produce viable offspring but don't if they have any choice about it. Was rather a surprise, when people realised they'd been overlooking an elephant species for all of recorded history.

ShadowbaneX
02-05-2014, 04:03 PM
Okay, but at what point does it stop being a bad accent and become it's own language, like Creole/ Cajun? Like, it's a regionally specific thing. I don't study languages, but it seems that at some point there must be a saw-off, non?

I think the word you're looking for is dialect.

Terez
02-05-2014, 04:19 PM
We had a similar conversation lately re: Afrikaans. Cajun French probably deviates from the original language a great deal more than Afrikaans does, but Cajun French never became anyone's official language.

Nazbaque
02-05-2014, 04:23 PM
Okay, but at what point does it stop being a bad accent and become it's own language, like Creole/ Cajun? Like, it's a regionally specific thing. I don't study languages, but it seems that at some point there must be a saw-off, non?

Well the academic side of languages is really my mom's area, but I discuss the subject with her at times and if I remember correctly language is devided to vocabulary, pronounciation and grammar. I don't remember what the numbers were but if two languages have enough similarities in vocabulary and grammar they are related languages, if they have more they are different dialects of the same language and if the only real differences are in pronounciation they are two different accents of the same language.

That is the gist of my mom's old professors' opinions, but she has also mentioned the other major school of thought which agrees with the first up to the dialect part, but defines the accent as a mispronounciation typical to people to whoom the language isn't native. As an example according to this school thought there is no American accent in the English language, but there are American dialects. An accent is what Germans, French, Spanish, etc. have when they speak English, but Americans and Australians speak different dialects of English.

Sarevok
02-06-2014, 08:43 AM
... and if the only real differences are in pronounciation they are two different accents of the same language.


That might explain why Afrikaans (which a Dutch speaker can mostly understand) is considered a language but there are Dutch dialects where I don't understand a word. :rolleyes:

Frenzy
02-06-2014, 08:55 PM
When my husband was going to college in Vermont, they regularly invaded Canada. They called it a beer run.

Khoram
02-06-2014, 11:39 PM
When my husband was going to college in Vermont, they regularly invaded Canada. They called it a beer run.

It's only invading if they stay. That's why Quebec has invaded Florida. :p




Well whadya know. Quebec took more land from the States than the rest of Canada has. :D

Sei'taer
02-11-2014, 02:44 PM
You try to speak that in any French-speaking country, and they'll laugh at you. My dad was in Switzerland and he started speaking french to somebody, and she started to laugh at him.

Our accents are so bad that it's difficult to understand each other, sometimes. Especially if you're from the backwater towns up north.

So...Swamp People Louisiana Cajun French should fit right in?

http://youtu.be/wvPqifZqjM4

Let me know so I can listen and practice before we go into Quebec.

Khoram
02-11-2014, 05:54 PM
There's some that I can follow, but it isn't the same. But there's also some of the French we speak up here that I have trouble following sometimes. It depends on where you're from.

Ishara
02-12-2014, 09:49 AM
Taer, that's exactly it, though. Cajun as a dialect is directly derived from the Acadian population that was expelled from eastern (French-speaking) Canada. They settled down yonder, but their French was originally very similar to the French spoken in France.