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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.

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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?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeJkOzOcVGI

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Hi, and welcome to the forum.

The ETF situation is interesting. I think they will postpone approval a few more times. If I remember the last ETF to gain approval was a physical backed copper based one. It is also important to differentiate between ETFs ( Exchange Traded Funds ) and ETNs ( Exchange Traded Notes ). Given the bankers distrust of cryptos, the application by VanEck may be the first one to receive approval. That one is based on the 'physical' ownership of Bitcoin. It may well be that they are manipulating the price to acquire coins at a lower price.

We are certainly in interesting times at the moment, and whilst the long term prospects are very rosy in my opinion, we are in for a bit of a roller coaster on the way.

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Suggested improvements / Re: A Sand box
« on: August 10, 2018, 06:20:18 PM »
I you look at the thread that Dr Gomez started, that will give you an idea of how it works. He started it on a closed board here in case his government might have misunderstood his message. We sanitised it and anglicised it, and he copied it onto the political board in Bitcoin Talk. It earned him a few merits, and he got full credit for it.

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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.

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Thanks for trying.

I think we should just tick over with the members we have got, and wait for others to join if thery want to.

We need to start another thread similar to the one started by Dr Gomez though.

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General Discussion / New board here.
« on: August 08, 2018, 01:28:50 PM »
https://fittotalk.com/english-talk/index.php?board=27

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

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Suggested improvements / Re: I'm thinking of adding a voice chat server
« on: August 08, 2018, 10:40:57 AM »
I am pretty aware of that but that is the term we usually used here. To a common people here, English refers to the language while British refers to people from the UK or even to the one who came from England. We seldom used "He is an English guy". I know that it is wrong but we are used to it and nobody here corrected us. 

"British" has become such a debased description now. So many supposedly British people can't even speak English, and benefits claim forms have to be printed in a multitude of languages. It is unfortunate that it has become politically incorrect for an Englishman to declare his nationality as English.

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English historical notes / Re: Flash in the pan
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:17:28 AM »
His excellent first post describing an ATM fraud turned out to be a flash in the pan, all his subsequent posts have been bounty spamming rubbish.

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Suggested improvements / Re: I'm thinking of adding a voice chat server
« on: August 07, 2018, 03:37:06 PM »
There is no such thing as a British accent. Great Britain is a collection of countries including England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and others. The accent that most people consider to be a "British" accent is actually received English, and this was sometimes referred to as a BBC accent. That was before the BBC became politically correct. Even in England there are a number of regional accents and dialects. One interesting dialect is the cockney backslang, and as its name implies, every word is spelt backwards. For example "sugar" becomes "ragus".
Another interesting variant is the source of the breath that is used to create speech. It used to be that the higher the social standing of a person, the further down in the body the breath was started. Unfortunately there seems to be a trend towards an unfortunate nasal intonation in modern speech. So much so that some female announcers produce harsh, sharp speech, and I find this almost impossible to listen to. I have had to shut off many interesting you tube videos because I can't handle the speakers enunciation.

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We don't have any restrictions based on country of origin, politics, language, sex, religion or any of tht stuff. The topics are pretty general as well, as long as they are 'family friendly' of course. You can't promote bounties, ICOs, airdrops or any other signature campaigns here, and you can't beg for merits. However, we will work with you to create good posts that may earn you merits in the Bitcoin Talk forum. The posts will have to be crypto or political in nature.

We like to keep a mix of nationalities here, so why not suggest that a few of them join to see how they fit in to the general mix?

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

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Suggested improvements / Re: I've just changed the smilie set
« on: August 05, 2018, 07:08:06 PM »
There is a library of sets, but I don't want to spend time editing or merging them.

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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  :'(

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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 -
https://www.teamspeak.com/en/

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.

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