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English historical notes / The plural of octopus
« on: Today at 02:45:24 PM »
We all know that an octopus has eight tentacles, but supposethere are eight of the animals - what is the plural? The standard English plural is octopuses ( sometimes misspelt as octopusses ), but the word is derived from the Greek word oktṓpous, and thus the plural should be octopodes. This usage is pretty rare, and the assumption that it is of Latin origin is far more common. In this case the plural isassumed to be octopi. However, if the word had come from the Latin, it would be derived from octopes (eight footed), and the plural should be octopedes.

Isn't English fun! So after all that, I would suggest that you use the common form of octopuses,rather than any of the affectations.

I like Carl from The Moon, and in this video he discusses the current price, and the probability of a breakout, but in which direction?

Practice threads / Immigration and emigration
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:11:55 PM »
There seems to be a certain amount of confusion about these two words, and I often see people saying things such as " I want to immigrate to America". So lets clarify the situation.

Immigration is the act of moving to another country, so the new arrival is an immigrant. Emigration is the act of leaving your country to live in another, and as you go you become an emigrant. So if you leave the US to move to England, then as you leave the US, you are an emigrant emigrating to England. Upon arrival in England, you become an American immigrant.

General Discussion / New board here.
« on: August 08, 2018, 01:28:50 PM »

Use it to practice starting threads for posting in the Bitcoin Talk forum, and let ushelp you to maximise its impact.

As far as I can see, it was a gas appliance that blew up in a nearby flat ( appartment ).

Suggested improvements / I've just changed the smilie set
« on: August 05, 2018, 04:41:57 PM »
It's now set to Yarex animated. What do you guys think of this new set?

 ;D or  :'(

Suggested improvements / I'm thinking of adding a voice chat server
« on: August 05, 2018, 09:21:47 AM »
I'm thinking of paying for a VPS and licence for Teamspeak. This would allow members of Fit to Talk English to practice their English conversation, and it would mean that you wouldn'thave to worry about spelling. :) You can find out more about Teamspeak here -

To use it, you would have to download the teamspeak client, and you would need to be a member of the Fit to Talk teamspeak club. It will be a closed facility.  You will also need headphones and a microphone, and this will allow you to continue working on your computer while you chat.

Let me know if you think this will be a useful addition here.

Not just the Caribbean / How popular is Dash in Venezuela
« on: August 03, 2018, 06:41:22 PM »
I gather that the privacy is a big benefit. How popular is Dash in fact?

Some time ago I started a translation project to help non-English speakers to gain merits in the Bitcoin Talk forum. This project is still active, but there haven't been any takers for a few months, I'd like to revive it, and would be grateful for any contributions. As most of you know, as Jet Cash I am a merit source, so there is no shortage of merits available for quality translated posts. We will help you with the translation here, but you will get all the credit when the post/thread is posted in the Bitcoin Talk forum.

ps. Have you guys noticed that you can now fly your country's flag in your profile info if you want to.

We seem to have quite a few things going on at the moment. The refusal of permission for the Winklevoss ETF is blamed for today's drop in the price of Bitcoin, Ivan on Tech discusses it here -

Facebook's internal problems has caused it's price to drop by $1.2billion, that's almost 20%, and it is the lagest one day price drop in History. More information from the money GPS here -

John Gray, a well spoken English philosopher, speaks about the state of the European Union and Brexit. He has an excellent command of the English language, and a well reasoned statement about the European Union.

I've always thought that majoring on electric cars is the wrong way to go. They just export pollution from the cities into the countryside, and don't offer major environmental advantages when all factors are considered. This two-stroke opposed piston diesel engine looks as if it could be an interesting concept to improve the efficiency of internal combustion engines.

The United Kingdom and the European Union / The Greek fires
« on: July 24, 2018, 04:52:07 PM »
I've read a number of reports about the fires in Greece, but this one from Al Jazerra gave me some food for thought.

Spain and Cyprus seem to be offering help, and the US has provided an unmanned drone, but no help from the EU itself. With multiple fires starting at the same time, one wonders who is coordinating the 'attack' if there is one.

There have been a few strange things happening with Visa cards and payments, and I want to put together a site to discuss these events, Hopefully, I'll be able to get some answers from Visa or the banks. It is my belief that they are making a few experiments in preparation for the move to cashless economies, and a move away from the current fiat monetary system.

I've got a number of banking related names, but I wanted something that is a bit more interesting. One of my names is, and I quite like this. It implies that there are many levels that you have to peel away to get to the heart of the matter. What do you guys think? Is it too obscure, or is it a nice catchy name?

Jeeves and Wooster is based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse. The stars - Peter Laurie and Stephen Fry are graduates of Cambridge University, and started their theatrical careers in the footlights club there. Bertie Wooster is a wealthy young man with Jeeves as his manservant. Lots of lovely old cars, and insight into English life in the last century.

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