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by XeO3
Sat May 18, 2024 3:13 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 'Tourist Traps'
Replies: 17
Views: 387
Botswana

Re: 'Tourist Traps'

Or is it no longer a tourist trap because it does this openly and honestly? Are tourist traps only those that are/were once simply beautiful places? Maybe I was not so artful in choice of terms: I was thinking of things or places that are deemed a 'must see' or rated #1 with visitors. But you have ...
by XeO3
Fri May 17, 2024 10:56 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 'Tourist Traps'
Replies: 17
Views: 387
Botswana

Re: 'Tourist Traps'

I don't enjoy crowds, especially hordes of tourists. So mega-cities are not doable for me. It was fun for a while to participate in the throngs in Tallinn's Old Town, but as the day wore on, more & more & more busses from the cruises ships kept disgorging more & more people. I retreated ...
by XeO3
Fri May 17, 2024 10:42 pm
Forum: Jeg snakker norsk (Bokmål)
Topic: Glade 17. Mai!
Replies: 4
Views: 134
Botswana

Re: Glade 17. Mai!

Did you mean to say "Happy 17 May"? In that case, you would use "god" not "glade"... Glade is more used for sentences like "happy people", whereas "god" (good) is used to holidays like xmas, easter and May 17th. Anyways.. Gratulerer med dagen, alle ...
by XeO3
Fri May 17, 2024 3:27 pm
Forum: Jeg snakker norsk (Bokmål)
Topic: Glade 17. Mai!
Replies: 4
Views: 134
Botswana

Glade 17. Mai!

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by XeO3
Thu May 16, 2024 10:52 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 'Tourist Traps'
Replies: 17
Views: 387
Botswana

Re: 'Tourist Traps'

I'm fairly sure I would not survive the trip up to Macchu Picchu :) :D Machu Picchu is not too high, as far as the Andes go - "just" 2400 meters above sea level. The city of Cuzco is higher (3100 m), and lake Titicaca at 3800 m. Unfortunately, Machu Picchu is so overrun with tourists that...
by XeO3
Thu May 16, 2024 12:48 am
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 'Tourist Traps'
Replies: 17
Views: 387
Botswana

Re: 'Tourist Traps'

PtolemysXX wrote: Wed May 15, 2024 6:10 pm

The first places that came to my mind were Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. Both are beautiful sites and definitely worth seeing yet I am putting up with dozens of great pictures I have seen around on the web.

I'm fairly sure I would not survive the trip up to Macchu Picchu :)

by XeO3
Thu May 16, 2024 12:46 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Beware False Cognates
Replies: 84
Views: 59770
Botswana

Re: Beware False Cognates

proper
This means nearby in Catalan...

by XeO3
Wed May 15, 2024 12:11 am
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 'Tourist Traps'
Replies: 17
Views: 387
Botswana

'Tourist Traps'

Is there a tourist attraction you are just not into & do not care to see, even though it seems like the whole world seems to rave about it? For me, if I were in Barcelona the one thing I would not see would be 'Sagrada Família.' Not sure why - I definitely want to see other examples of Gaudí's w...
by XeO3
Wed May 15, 2024 12:01 am
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: ♫ Music is good for everything ♫
Replies: 399
Views: 2433314
Botswana

Re: ♫ Music is good for everything ♫

A couple o' tunes from Piaras Ó Lorcáin -

by XeO3
Tue May 14, 2024 11:53 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Trivial grumps
Replies: 30
Views: 1144
Botswana

Re: Trivial grumps

I am hopelessly addicted to the show Ancient Aliens , even though the show infuriates me. It is a treasure trove of inaccuracies, full of logical fallacies & pretty insulting to faith, many branches of science & ancient cultures. And, apparently some of contributors cannot get along with one...
by XeO3
Mon May 13, 2024 12:17 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Share your memes or quotes
Replies: 101
Views: 7208
Botswana

Re: Share your memes or quotes

The Roman Empire as a movie series:
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by XeO3
Sun May 12, 2024 9:42 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Brand names of cars
Replies: 9
Views: 272
Botswana

Re: Brand names of cars

Also (like the thicko in A Fish Called Wanda), every time I come across the name 'Portia', I think why would someone name their daughter after a car?

by XeO3
Sun May 12, 2024 3:47 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Share your memes or quotes
Replies: 101
Views: 7208
Botswana

Re: Share your memes or quotes

Some quotes from my relentless British TV viewing: I died as I lived, an ineffectual sex symbol. - Ivo Graham No two Sean Lock holidays are the same, mainly since I'm never allowed back anywhere. -Sean Lock No one told me there would be social interaction or I would not have come. -Richard Ayoade Cr...
by XeO3
Sun May 12, 2024 3:28 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Trivial grumps
Replies: 30
Views: 1144
Botswana

Re: Trivial grumps

I must mute the TV or change the channel every time an ad with Kevin Hart comes on. His voice is even more obnoxious than his personality.

by XeO3
Sat May 11, 2024 10:57 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Dialect Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Botswana

Re: Dialect Issues

Davey944676 wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 8:55 am

And Jon Richardson a Northerner, too.
A Yorkshireman, no less.

I've been to Yorkshire. I cannot recommend the national airline highly enough...

by XeO3
Fri May 10, 2024 11:47 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Dialect Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Botswana

Re: Dialect Issues

There is a an episode of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown where 2-3 native British English speakers arguing this (both pronunciations were used). I forget which was the minority usage; it was something to do with Jon Richardson saying you just can't manage an affair willy-nilly, you must have a sche...
by XeO3
Fri May 10, 2024 10:17 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Dialect Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Botswana

Re: Dialect Issues

https://www.italki.com/en/blog/english-accents A tiny bit of that italki one needs editing - we (in the UK) say "SKED-ual", not "SHED-ual". :) There is a an episode of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown where 2-3 native British English speakers arguing this (both pronunciations wer...
by XeO3
Thu May 09, 2024 10:39 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Dialect Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Botswana

Dialect Issues

I started watching British comedy panel shows as a a Covid pastime on both Amazon via Britbox & on Youtube ( Taskmaster is my favorite; The Last Leg is my most recent find). Some of them have many seasons & go back 12 years or more. Anyway, I always find it funny when either people on the sh...
by XeO3
Thu May 09, 2024 10:23 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Brand names of cars
Replies: 9
Views: 272
Botswana

Re: Brand names of cars

Some car makers use brand names whose origin may be quite interesting. Here's the story about the origin of 'Mercedes": Originally, the brand name was "Daimler" (still used in Germany as well). The name "Mercedes" goes back to the Austrian Emil Jellinek. He traded in Daimle...
by XeO3
Wed May 08, 2024 12:01 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Correct, But Inelegant?
Replies: 4
Views: 144
Botswana

Re: Correct, But Inelegant?

The "a man" specifies one man and not "all man" which changes the whole context of the quote. It should be regarded as an achievement for all mankind not just one person, as thousands participated in the process of getting there.. I'll just patiently sit here and wait for "...
by XeO3
Tue May 07, 2024 10:53 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Correct, But Inelegant?
Replies: 4
Views: 144
Botswana

Correct, But Inelegant?

I was watching an old episode of a British show the other the other night & David Mitchell went off on a rant about Neil Armstrong's famous (mis)quote (he can be somewhat pedantic; Victoria must be a saint). He said one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind not only sounds better but ...
by XeO3
Tue May 07, 2024 10:39 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Languages you’ve enjoyed the most and/or were intuitive to learn?
Replies: 41
Views: 2564
Botswana

Re: Languages you’ve enjoyed the most and/or were intuitive to learn?

I just read that someone enjoys Romanian, and I understand that it is similar to Spanish. My husband has a Romanian colleague. She says that she understands Italian without any problems though she never learned it. And since Italian and Spanish are similar, that probably also applies to Romanian an...
by XeO3
Mon May 06, 2024 11:10 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 6 Years Ago Today...
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Botswana

Re: 6 Years Ago Today...

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bazn%C4%ABca#:~:text=Etymology,bo%C5%BE%D1%8Cn%D1%8A%20(%E2%80%9Cdivine%E2%80%9D). My guess was wrong then - it is a borrowing, not common roots. It is interesting how philologists can determine the time when a word was borrowed... Odd it is not a Western European bor...
by XeO3
Mon May 06, 2024 8:35 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 6 Years Ago Today...
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Botswana

Re: 6 Years Ago Today...

What confused me was the 100th independence day. Technically, it is something like the restoration of independence day. The real independence day is sometime in November. So, counting from 2018, it was 100 years of nationhood, choosing to ignore 70-some years of occupation. Things like this were al...
by XeO3
Mon May 06, 2024 8:07 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 6 Years Ago Today...
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Botswana

Re: 6 Years Ago Today...

Yes - the pic shows all the touristy destinations I have just noticed that your picture is almost identical with one of the photos in the link provided by @MoniqueMaRie . I got curious and tried to figure out where it was made. With help of Google's satellite view, when I draw a straight line from ...
by XeO3
Mon May 06, 2024 12:32 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 6 Years Ago Today...
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Botswana

Re: 6 Years Ago Today...

This is a photo of Riga, looking southwards. Labdien! Yes - the pic shows all the touristy destinations I meant to hit, but did not. The worst thing I could say about Riga was that it felt like everywhere I went, I seemed to be following obnoxious English stag parties. If they had stuck to the bars...
by XeO3
Sun May 05, 2024 10:35 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: 6 Years Ago Today...
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Botswana

6 Years Ago Today...

...I was enjoying my first full day in new (to me) country, 20 years after I had last left my country. It was a warm, sunny Saturday. Everything was green & in bloom. The day I arrived had been their 100th Independence Day. The people were young & friendly in a grave sort of way. I only knew...
by XeO3
Sun May 05, 2024 10:25 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: Trivial grumps
Replies: 30
Views: 1144
Botswana

Re: Trivial grumps

I will just add that: An electric mower is definitely more environmentally friendly than a petrol mower! It is powered by electricity, does not emit exhaust gases, does not cause the need to inhale fumes! The advantage of an electric mower over a petrol mower is: lighter weight, ease of handling an...
by XeO3
Sun May 05, 2024 10:23 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Writing systems around the world
Replies: 16
Views: 727
Botswana

Re: Writing systems around the world

@XeO3 I just looked at the Old Uyghur alphabet which the Mongolian script was adapted from and was surprised it was basically the same as Hebrew. Interesting Mongolian has their own punctuation system: ᠀ Birga Marks start of a book, chapter, passage, or first line ᠀᠋ ᠀᠌ ᠀᠍ ᠂ 'Dot' Comma ᠃ 'Double-d...
by XeO3
Sun May 05, 2024 4:39 pm
Forum: Random Thoughts
Topic: ♫ Music is good for everything ♫
Replies: 399
Views: 2433314
Botswana

Re: ♫ Music is good for everything ♫

This is referred to as a Livonian and a Latgallian folk song; the video shows a Livonian flag. The two languages are spoken in Latvia but are not related. Livonian is related to Estonian & Finnish; Latgallian often is considered a dialect of Latvian... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWBbcidspFc

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