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17 March 2011 @ 10:20 am
 
I learned something new today: if you fall asleep ON your alarm, it very well may not wake you up.

At least if your alarm is your phone.

Especially if it doesn't vibrate as part of the alarm.

Yup. So, what was supposed to be a productive-all-nighter-with-a-nap became more of a sleep and now I am trying very hard to not feel screwed.

Can't believe I slept on my alarm. How ridiculous!

At least I can probably work during lecture today.

...I am still sleepy.

(Just looked up learned vs learnt and realised a lot of it is American English vs British English, but it's changing, possibly due to Americanising of the British language. For instance in my three university years I have not heard a single one of my English peers use 'learnt' and we're in a learning environment, so opportunities to use it have definitely occurred through the years. Ah, the evolution of language. Oh! And the lecture last night brought up the idea of a sort of Darwinian 'fitness' / natural selection of words, which I mentioned a long while back regarding "the f word" and how I thought in today's world it is a very 'fit' word that is adaptable, has many variants and often wins out over other words in its niche yet still holds power. Fun that I accidentally stumbled into a subject that many incredibly neat people have been studying!)


Kiwi

"The bluebird sings a lullaby; the firefly gives a light; the twinkling stars are candles bright; sleep, Faeries all, Good Night."
[Elizabeth T. Dillingham; "A Faery Song"]
 
 
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CaroRulescarorules on March 17th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
You need a back up alarm!
Maggiemagnetic_pole on March 17th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
I learned something new today: if you fall asleep ON your alarm, it very well may not wake you up.

You don't have a system of back up alarms, each placed a bit further from the bed? *wry smile* M.
gerristgerrist on March 17th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
The Kings Speech
Your comments about language made me think of the movie "The Kings Speech". One day, when you have time, I believe you will enjoy this movie.

Your comments also caused me to notice a word which always appears above this little box I'm typing in ... "default" because it looks like DuFault. And we were talking about word derivations, so obviously, this is why I noticed it. Anyway that similarity caused me to bump into this little snippet from the paper in Dec.: "Selectmen voted to approve the appointment of Fred Dufault to the Youth and Family Services Advisory Board. Dufault is a retired teacher who taught at Norfolk County Agricultural High School."

So he's helping out in his community. Big surprise : ).

Normally, I'd apologize for that strange line of thought, but I don't consider it necessary with you as I believe it may actually have tracked easily for you : ). xo



Kiwi Crocus: Cookie Monster || Om nom nom.cranky__crocus on April 3rd, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Re: The Kings Speech
I really do need to sit down and watch The King's Speech at some point! So many films I have to catch up on.

Awwr, Mr. Dufault back in action with youth! That's nice on the heart. (: I'm glad he's doing something so he doesn't feel he's just wasting time.

Certainly easy enough line of thought to me! Not that I ever mind hearing about old beloved teachers!
Crockycrocky_wock on March 18th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
I have never used "learnt", always "learned", even though I knew both is possible. In my early years as a learner of English, I didn't used to discriminate so much between BE and AE, as long as it was technically correct what I was saying. Then, after I'd been to England for a year, I consciously went for BE forms. But I also found that, given the choice, without knowing a word's or construction's origin, I'd often choose BE over AE. Which I thought was awesome. Hehe.

On a related note, "didn't used to" is specificially British, isn't it? If not, I'll lose it again on account of sounding ungrammatical.
Ah, the instinct is broken. :P
gerristgerrist on March 18th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
!Note - The general rule is when there is did or didn't in the sentence, we say use to (without d) when there is no did or didn't in the sentence, we say used to (with d).

http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/usedtotext.htm

I have heard this phrase used in the US (often incorrectly : ).