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  1. 10 days ago on MythTickle

    Not a problem to make light of.

  2. 10 days ago on Monty

    Nah. Waaay too many consonants.

    (Apparently, Danish actually has about 20 consonant sounds. The problem is that, to an untrained foreign ear such as mine, they all sound like variations on the speaker trying to swallow their uvula…)

  3. 10 days ago on Monty

    Yup. I grew up in Yorkshire. When my wife’s brother married a Swedish girl and we went over for the wedding, I bored everyone at the wedding rigid with just how much of northern English/lowland Scottish dialect was clearly Norse in origin; every second sentence or so I’d notice a new word that I already knew. There are enough similarities that my wife and I even had an extended conversation in an embroidery shop in one town with the elderly lady who ran it; she didn’t speak any English, and at that time neither of us spoke any Swedish either. We still managed at well above the “point and gesture” level.

  4. 11 days ago on Monty

    Problem is, they’re trying to calm him in Swedish, but the Viking’s trying to kill them in Danish, which requires a Masters degree in gargling to pronounce. Put down the IKEA catalog, go get a cookbook. Repeat after me: “rødgrød med fløde”.

    (And kudos to Jim for the correct, different orthography!)

  5. 11 days ago on Monty

    It’s changing a little of late, but for most of its existence everything you’ve been able to buy in IKEA has either been named after a place (the “-by” in the middle tells you that this is one of those) or has had a very down-to-earth, descriptive name (their current range of artificial “plants”, for instance, is called “Fejka” – pronouced “fey-ka”).

  6. 11 days ago on That is Priceless

    Meh. It’s a big ocean.

  7. 11 days ago on Beardo

    I told my now-wife very early on not to ask that sort of question of me if she didn’t want my honest answer, because I’m not going to lie to her. I’ve stuck to that. We’re somewhat over 40 years married now, so I guess it’s worked out. I try to be slightly tactful when I think it’s appropriate, but she always gets my genuine, considered opinon.

    Although at this point in the Beardo conversation, trying to get HER thoughts on the matter is often a good way to defuse the boobytrap. Neutral reply supporting both possibilities, what’s going through her mind to make her consider going long? That sort of thing. And – honestly? On this it doesn’t matter. She’ll be radiant whichever way she goes; she should just do whatever makes her feel happy, and he should tell her so.

  8. 21 days ago on Gray Matters

    Based on the cartoon that’s not “a word that shows you’re no longer ’cool’”, that’s “a word that you clearly never understood in the first place”. A “rigmarole” is a long, rambling story or unneccessarily long and complex process that you have to go through to get something done. You could go through the rigmarole of untangling all your cords, but the tangle isn’t a rigmarole – there’s nothing to “make sense” of. And there’s nothing outdated about using it (where I live, at least); it’s merely a sign that you have a richer vocabulary than most.

  9. 21 days ago on Betty

    It’s only “being engrossed in a series” the first time through. If you go back at any time and do it again, it’s bingeing.

  10. 22 days ago on Stone Soup

    I suspect it’s possible, albeit probably a bit of an edge case. Some fruit/veg will ripen faster if kept together in sufficient quantity, even in a fridge. It’s down to concentrations of ethylene – some produce ripening is sensitive to it, some produce emits it (bananas being a case in point). And if the fridge weren’t particularly cold in the first place, spoiling is possible as well. Washing it before storage and then not drying it well is another possible contributor. I certainly wouldn’t bet against the possibility that, if you were to set up just the right combination of conditions, you could potentially end up with something in the fridge spoiling faster than something outside. But it’s certainly not normal, or a good rule of thumb to live by; if it’s happening, it’s a sign you’re doing something wrong.