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'yorz
1252411.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:20 am Reply with quote

@ GuyBarry - you mentioned that subject box and your attempts to change subject in such manner. Its non-functioning doesn't bother me in the slightest, nor does it bother anybody else, and we all are happy to leave things as they are. I only suggested possible removal because you brought it on. Whether it is possible - I do not know.

I cannot remove it; as I told you umpteen times before, I can only remove spam and ban spammers.

 
monzac
1252417.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:31 am Reply with quote

... or bam spanners as the case may be.


Just being silly :)

 
Bondee
1252420.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:34 am Reply with quote

monzac wrote:
... bam spanners ...


They're what we use when suze has gone home and taken ye olde Dobbynge Stycke with her.

 
GuyBarry
1252421.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:34 am Reply with quote

@'yorz: As I said, it's no big deal. I remember the first time I tried to use it to signal a change of topic, and noting that the new title didn't appear; I thought maybe I'd made an error, but clearly I hadn't. Now that I know it's a bug in the software, I won't use it any more.

 
'yorz
1252438.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:55 am Reply with quote

Even better - you can't use it.

 
Baryonyx
1252444.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:00 am Reply with quote

This argument just keeps smouldering...

 
GuyBarry
1252445.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:01 am Reply with quote

@'yorz: What do you mean? I can use it, but I now know there's no point in doing so.

@Baryonyx: Sorry, what argument? There's no argument about it - the feature doesn't work.

 
'yorz
1252457.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:19 am Reply with quote

GuyBarry wrote:
@'yorz: What do you mean? I can use it, but I now know there's no point in doing so.

@Baryonyx: Sorry, what argument? There's no argument about it - the feature doesn't work.

 
GuyBarry
1252464.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:29 am Reply with quote

Oh, this is just semantics. I can type text in the Subject box if I want to, but I know there's no point in doing so, so I won't. That's all I was saying.

Any chance we can move off this particular sub-sub-sub-topic now?

 
Baryonyx
1252465.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:30 am Reply with quote

What's everyone having for lunch?

 
monzac
1252480.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:56 am Reply with quote

Lunch!!! It's way past my dinner time.

So now we're onto ambiguous use of time zones. To make time even more of a construct, we've just begun daylight saving, so that the time on my computer doesn't agree with the time stamp of forum posts.

I actually thought when I first read the title of this thread that we were going to raise points about the lack of specificity of English second person pronouns.

That probably would have been a shorter discussion though.

 
barbados
1252483.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:59 am Reply with quote

Baryonyx wrote:
What's everyone having for lunch?

I think Iíll just grab some popcorn

 
monzac
1252487.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:09 am Reply with quote

But, while I'm here, I'll tell you about a colleague who was teaching his German class the parts of the verb sein.

To start he was going to show them the verb in English. He wrote up a table with rows for first, second, third person and columns for singular and plural, and added the English pronouns.

'Sir, you've made a mistake.'
'Huh?'
'You've put you twice. That one should be yous.'

He said the whole class was convinced that he was wrong in saying they were same in singular and plural :/

Trouble is, when they left that lesson, they probably still thought that he'd got it wrong, the power of numbers being on their side.

 
Baryonyx
1252492.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:17 am Reply with quote

barbados wrote:
Baryonyx wrote:
What's everyone having for lunch?

I think Iíll just grab some popcorn


 
'yorz
1252496.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:19 am Reply with quote

Thanks for killing off this thread, Baryonyx! It was getting tiresome.
Lunch indeed. :-D

 

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