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Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from SirLee
Review:
Oh, grammatical gender can be _way_ weirder than that... yeah, "milk" is masculine in Portuguese and feminine in Spanish, making for torrid dairy affairs all along the Brazilian and Portuguese borders... but let me talk about propellers. In Portuguese, "hélice" (helix, also used as the common word for the propeller in a ship, airplane or even household fan) is *usually* feminine... EXCEPT in ships. Talk to a stuffy Navy officer, and he will INSIST that his ship's propeller is DEFINITELY masculine.

About ease of learning English... well, English is easy to LEARN but hard to MASTER. But the funny thing is that the parts of it that are generally deemed "hard" by natives can be comparatively easy for foreigners, particularly if one comes from a background related to one of the languages English borrowed a lot.

You see, English has this Anglo-Saxon root but it borrowed quite heavily from Romance languages -- particularly Latin, French and Spanish -- in the past. So those borrowings don't fit the general English structure and are considered "hard" for native speakers... but quite "easy" for Romance-language speakers. I had this weird experience as an exchange student... our English teacher regularly did this "improve your vocabulary/spelling" thing where she passed around a list of "hard" words to be researched. I hardly ever had to crack a dictionary -- those were almost all Romance borrowings which I could figure out at a glance.

I expect that native speakers of other heavily-borrowed languages, like German, might have similar experiences.
Comments from author:
The only words my SO ever misspells are words which sound very similar in German, like yogurt.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [11 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from Zeviz
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Another excellent chapter.

About language: "English is one of the most difficult languages on earth to learn because it is taken from everyone of the others and follows none on their rules with any consistency."

Actually, English is generally considered one of the easiest to learn for foreigners, which is probably one of the reasons it's become the main language of international commerce and the Internet. And the language's disregard for rules is one of the main reasons for it: there is no grammatical gender (why is "armchair" masculine in German, but neuter in Russian, while the opposite is the case for "house"), no conjugation (trying to get all the adjectives, verbs, and nouns to have correct endings can be almost impossible for a non-native speaker), a very lax attitude towards tenses (a high school English teacher told me that past perfect and simple past are fully interchangeable (which isn't what my English teachers in Russia had said)), etc.

English is hard to learn to read for native speakers because of its non phonetical spelling, but for foreigners that's less of an obstacle than differing grammatical genders, complicated conjugation rules, and other problems that are encountered when learning other complicated languages. As for obscure quirks like "i before e except ...", every language has them.

EDIT: And now I am thinking of a story of an Israeli table meeting a French table on vacation, and a cute little coffee table that arrived a few months later. :D
Comments from author:
And 'table' is feminine in France but masculine in Israel. Where do the Israeli tables go on holiday to meet those sexy French female tables? The Riviera? :D
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [10 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from SilverWave
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Just spotted that this was being updated again...

Cool :-)
Comments from author:
:D Yeah, I update it *every* second Monday. Like clockwork. Or like a really obsessive-compulsive person. :D
Review By [SilverWave] • Date [10 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from DieselDriver
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The conversation about vaudeville, reminded me of a conversation I had with a co-worker, longer ago than I like to think about, in which we were discussing the News Reader at the TV station in Santa Barbara who had been born with a deformity of the hands in which she only had what were basically pinkies and sort of thumbs. I mentioned that she was lucky to be born in a time when society could support someone like her. My co-worker was incensed that I thought society was supporting her, why, she had a good paying job, made more money than both of us was the C-W's statement. She could not get it through her head that the News Reader was supported by society because it could afford to pay someone to sit and read the news on TV. Similarly, the vaudevillians were supported by society as are we all. In past times we would be working so hard just to get food and clothing, shelter etc., that there was no energy or resources to do extraneous things for fun. Things like sitting and reading these stories for hours on end.

Thank you society.

Interesting word "vaudevillians"... "vaude" means nothing to me but "villians" is the bad guys. Diane, what does the "vaude" part mean?

Comment to your reply: Seriously, I wasn't serious.

Another thing, "I" before "E" except after "C", unless it looks wrong (most of the time).
Comments from author:
The part 'villian' has nothing to do with villains, but is a noun postfix. A vaudevillian does vaudeville in the same sense that a person from Nashville is a Nashvillian. Nashvillians are not villains unless you have a personal hatred of country-western music. :D

No one really knows where the word 'vaudeville' comes from. The texture of the word suggests that it comes from French. One of the popular theories is that it comes from the French 'voix de ville' or 'voice of the city', but this may be folk etymology.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [10 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from JediKnight
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Very nice work on he latest update. How many more chapters of this arc are there?
Comments from author:
Only a couple. And then we're going to move to the DC Universe (Cat Tales version) again.
Review By [JediKnight] • Date [10 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from VillageOrchid
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Good transition sequence... and effective cross-thought exposition. Liz thinking she'd like to have him as a CO, and Sidney pointing out that she probably won't be able to leave the base while they are blended, thus ipso facto making her probable CO in the future.

Thanks for continuing.
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading. Liz and Sydney make an interesting and effective team.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from fanreaderonetwo
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"And from H. Beam Piper

English is the product of a Saxon warrior trying to make a date with an Angle bar-maid, and as such is no more legitimate than any of the other products of that conversation.
Fuzzy Sapiens (1964)"

****

Thanks for the corrected version! Its been many years since I read it.
Comments from author:
I believe there are even older cracks about the English language.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from fanreaderonetwo
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"Liz reached into the cabinet and pulled out what she wanted. Two trinium sabers. No Goua’uld would use such a thing. No Goua’uld knew martial arts for sabers. They were there as gifts for Itchy’s First Primes.

No one had bothered to tell Itchy that Sidney’s new host knew martial arts for something similar enough to twin sabers. But he was about to find out."

****

nit

If the Goa'uld and their Jaffa didn't use swords, _why_ would they be used as gifts?
It would be like a European military official giving out "combat boomerangs" as gifts to officers who had never touched one before and had zero knowledge of their use.

As compared to the Australian SpecOps troops possibly using special "combat boomerangs" (think Russian SpecOps troops and sharpened shovels, ballistic knives and other "odd" weapons) and them issued as gifts or awards being more reasonable.

Methinks I smell authorial fiat to get Liz a couple of "fun" weapons....... grin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_knife

Oops, apparently the Russians _don't_ use them.......
Comments from author:
Just because the Jaffa use them and would treat them as a gift does not mean that the Goua'uld would consider them important in any way. Note that the Jaffa use staff weapons a LOT but do Goua'uld know how to use them? No. (At least in general.)

Liz is pointing out that Ishkur is not going to expect another Goua'uld to have any idea how to use dual sabers effectively, and Ishkur certainly won't. She is not saying that Jaffa can't use them, or that Goua'uld can't reward their First Primes with trivial things a Goua'uld wouldn't care about.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from Starfox
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Good chapter. Love the internal dualogue and the external action and especially Jack's antics.
Comments from author:
Jack just cannot behave himself. How did he get through the Air Force Academy? How did he get into it?
Review By [Starfox] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from RevDorothyL
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Loving this even more! Especially adore the insights Liz and Sidney are sharing with each other about the dynamics between Jack and his team -- including the sneaky Teal'c humor touches and O'Neill's determination to bear the brunt of any torture by being the taunting-est guy in the bunch, should they be captured by Goa'uld. :)
Comments from author:
Jack does seem to do that a lot.

"Ba'al? As in 'bocce'?" ~ Jack, while being tortured by Ba'al
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from Keshkreature
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Loving it!
Comments from author:
Thanks. There's only a couple more chapters before we move to the next story in the series.
Review By [Keshkreature] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from Zorgdub
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I'll add that he was about to find out from *painful* first hand experience.

Good chapter.
Comments from author:
In the words of ABC Sports (or Spiderman), 'up close and personal!'
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [9 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from Riniko
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English is one of the most difficult languages on earth to learn because it is taken from everyone of the others and follows none on their rules with any consistency.
Comments from author:
Yes. Even the so-called rules don't hold for long. Even the 'i before e, except after c...' rule has so many exceptions it is not useful.
Review By [Riniko] • Date [8 Dec 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from hmhughes
Review:
I love the inner dialog! 2 thumbs up :)
Comments from author:
Thanks. Liz/Sidney is fun to write.
Review By [hmhughes] • Date [8 Dec 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "SG-1 and an Agent, part XIV" from dcarson
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In 1990, in the Usenet group rec.arts.sf-lovers, James Nicoll wrote the following epigram on the English language:

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary.

And from H. Beam Piper

English is the product of a Saxon warrior trying to make a date with an Angle bar-maid, and as such is no more legitimate than any of the other products of that conversation.
Fuzzy Sapiens (1964)
Comments from author:
:D And really, 'loanword' makes it sound as if we would ever give it back or trade something reasonable for it. We're really a lot more like "That's a nice li'l phrase ya got there. Be a shame if somethin' happened ta it."
Review By [dcarson] • Date [8 Dec 14] • Not Rated
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