Sep. 11th, 2026 @ 01:13 pm
(Yes, I'm ignoring "Patriot Day." Please ask me why offline).
I found this in my scrapbook last night:
Atul: i really imprreesed abt ur first line.( about me in ur profile)
i like smart people like u.
wlii u become my smart fried ?
Waitng for ur reply till, i will not proceed for joining with others.
take care, bye.
Honestly, I have no idea of what about a third of that even means
For reference, here is my crotchety "About Me" blurb:
about me: If you're 25, and you write like you're 7, I'm not going to friend you. Please don't bother.
I wanted to see if he was taking it as a challenge, so I went to his profile. He didn't have an age down, but his job decription is "legal advisor for a pharma company", and he has firm beliefs about relationships (Have fun parsing this: "In real love u want d other persons good, in romantic love u want d other person."), so I'm guessing he must at least be in his mid-twenties. I want my scrapbook to have a "Denied" button.Edit:
I'm not trying to poke fun at the ESL crowd. I know many wonderful asians with less than perfect English who are nevertheless perfectly understandable. However, it seems like the majority of guys on Orkut that ping me are either phenomenally bad at English or just not trying.
|Date:||September 11th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)|| |
I've seen a lot of beginner-intermediate english speakers online - they usually mangle grammar and vocabulary, but it's possible to figure out what they're trying to say. Nobody can mangle english like a native speaker.
(Native speaker is the correct term, I know, but every time I type it, my head breaks. What does it mean to be native to a language?)
Doesn't "native" just mean to be born into something? You're born into a language as much as you're born into a country or an ethnicity, aren't you?
|Date:||September 11th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)|| |
I guess. It sounds weird to me, though. Maybe it's because people use "native" in so many different ways - I was born in California, but it'd be weird for me to call myself a California native. So would a native English speaker be somebody who was born into an English-speaking family, or someone born into a predominantly English-speaking ethnicity?
What do you consider to be a proper use of "native"?
I'd say a native English-speaker is someone who is born into an English-speaking family and picks that language up during language acquisition. Which means that someone who is taught two languages during language acquisition could be natively bilingual. Someone born in California would be a native Californian.
(But someone born in the United States is a natural-born American, since "Native American" is reserved for the race of people who were on the land first.)
|Date:||September 12th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)|| |
|(Link)|Nobody can mangle english like a native speaker.
Seriously! And true for all languages! I admit I don't know Portuguese, but most of it's pretty easy to read (not so much hear) with my knowledge of Spanish...EXCEPT that all these damn Orkut Brazilians mangle their own language horribly by changing letters, abbreviating short words to one letter (not always a letter contained in the word), and typoing like mad fools. Now I probably know more Brazilian Portuguese IM-slang than I do the actual language (yes, for some stupid reason I do try to read the crap they leave me...sometimes it's about bands I haven't heard yet...though Brazilian metal is not so pleasing to my Scandinavian ears...yeah).
|Date:||September 11th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)|| |
Why limit it to Orkut? I prefer the simpler hypothesis that the majority of people are idiots.
|Date:||September 12th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)|| |
By the questionable measures known as IQ, academic success, job market value, and intellectually-interesting-to-me, the majority of people score well below me, so I support this hypothesis.
But I think on Orkut the idiots are just a bit louder. And they're talking to us personally
I don't think it's much better on any social networking site. Argument in point: MySpace.
Most IM networks are cluttered up with the same sort of thing.
|Date:||September 11th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)|| |
Hmm... let's see...i really imprreesed abt ur first line.( about me in ur profile)
He liked your first line so much, he went and got a wax tablet and impressed it into it. As thanks, he'd like you to write about him specifically and put it in your profile.i like smart people like u.
wlii u become my smart fried ?
He's a secret agent, and "u" is a code-name for someone else. This someone has uploaded himself into the next-generation Nintendo console ("wlii" is actually a typo for "Wii") and he needs to get a hold of the console and destroy it. To do so, he intends to deep-fry it and mold it into a question mark. The only interpretation of this could be Art, so he'll be covering his tracks as no one will wonder about it.Waitng for ur reply till, i will not proceed for joining with others.
The coded reply that will instruct him to go ahead and meet with the rest of the secret agents must apparently be sent from a cash register.take care, bye.
Ok, that one's self-explanatory.
|Date:||September 11th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)|| |
You're fantastic! It makes so much more sense now!
|Date:||September 12th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)|| |
>about me: If you're 25, and you write like you're 7, I'm not going to friend > you. Please don't bother.
Dude Brilliant! Does this work on a sliding scale? eg. a 32 writing like a 11 year old?
|Date:||September 12th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)|| |
I guess I should say 25+. I don't really expect writing skills to increase with age. (At least, in my tech-crowd experience, the inverse seems to be happening. )
Speaking of spelling, it's one word: nevertheless. Odd, but true.
|Date:||September 12th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)|| |
Huh.. I was actually about to look that up when I first wrote it, and thought "Can't be...". Thanks!
No problem -- I'm all about being annoyingly nit-picky. (Okay, actually I usually try to keep it to myself. But a post involving spelling was irresistible.)
|Date:||September 12th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)|| |
I generally like it when people nit-pick, even obvious typos (though I'm likely not to fix it if it doesn't change the meaning). And, its true, my recent posts are totally asking for it =)