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[Poll #1166612]

My results prior to this:
Number of people asked: 6. 3 of them technically proficient, one proficient but not technical, 2 computer illiterates.

So far they have all said "mice". Only one of them says he's even heard of anyone else refer to them as "mouses".

I'm mostly hoping to gather enough data points to prove (for a certain value of prove) that the use of "mice" is the common usage these days and isn't just industry jargon, as my Ling lecturers seem to think. Of course, I could also be proven wrong, in which case I'll still email my lecturer with the results so that she can be amused at my expense. Either way, if you have any additional data points to add, go for it.

PS: I am aware of why the 'correct' plural is "mouses". And I still think that because it's an extension of an existing noun rather than the introduction of a new one it should follow the plural of the original.

PPS: I also think it should be "dynamic systems" rather than "dynamical systems". Any explanation as to why would be enlightening.
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Let's say Person A is doing something that is annoying/inconvenient to you. They do it often enough that it's not something you can easily ignore. It's not imperative that they stop this behaviour but it does grate on your nerves a bit and you would be happier if they didn't do it. How would you deal with it?

A. Say nothing to A. It's not that big a deal after all and not worth the trouble of a confrontation
B. Say nothing to A but complain about it to friends/acquaintances/LJ. It's not a huge deal but better to vent your feelings somewhere safe than make it into a bigger problem.
C. Say nothing to A then explode at them X amount of time down the road. You don't want to bitch about it behind their back because it's rude/your problem to deal with/it might get back to them/it seems like such a small thing to complain about but if A does it again while you're in the wrong mood or they just keep doing it and doing it and doing it then, well, you're only human after all, and you didn't really mean to yell at them.
D. Say something to someone else and get them to mediate between you and A. It'll be easier to talk about with a third party there who isn't involved in the behaviour.
E. Mention in to A but casually, lightly, or only in passing. Hopefully they'll pick up on it and address it without it turning into a confrontation.
F. Talk about it with A using polite, tactful language. They should realise that this is something they should address, but there's no need to throw it in their face and/or back them into a corner about it.
G. Be completely honest with A. If there's a problem there's no point trying to whitewash it. Better to confront it now than let it fester.
H. Something else not listed here

It's times like this I wish I had a paid account so I could post proper polls.

Anyway, I've tried to list all the methods I can think of and the rationale for using them. Obviously I agree with some more than others, and I'm almost 100% sure that no one ever intends to do C ;) And there are drawbacks to virtually all of them that I can think of that I haven't listed. But mostly I'm interested in a) what your own methods are, and b) what obvious stuff I've missed (and I'm sure I have since I'm fairly socially inept. This is an experiment to see how far I am in understanding other people's motivations)
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The Poll
When you sing the Australian National Anthem, how do you pronounce the word 'advance'?
A: To rhyme with 'pants'
B: Advarnce, to be assonant with the word 'path'

For myself, I have no idea. I read both pronounciations and they both sound correct to me.

Random Linguistics

I finally discovered why I've occasionally been mistaken for Canadian/British!

From the Wikipedia article on Australian English:

Cultivated Australian English has many similarities to British Received Pronunciation, and is often mistaken for it. Cultivated Australian English is now spoken by less than 10% of the population.

I find this strange though because I don't consider my word usage to be very.. cultivated, to say the least. In fact I often seem to go out of my way (without really meaning to) to use some really weird or earthy turns of phrase and pronounciation. Sometimes I think that it's my subconscious need to distance myself from the speech patterns of people who I don't like, so my mum's strange idioms are in, my high schools' South African phrases and accents are out, and in between is a healthy sprinkling of random phrases that seemed particularly apt to me when I heard/read them. Oh and growing up with a reading vocabulary far beyond your spoken can lead to some really strange pronounciations :) I'm still coming across them nowadays (who the hell uses that word anyway? Other than me)

Anyway, I guess that puts my accent mostly in General Australian English but sometimes straying into Cultivated. Woot!

The requests

1. Does anyone know where I can buy dreidels? At some point I'll probably go check Gold's near Bondi Beach but I have no idea where else one could possibly buy these. And Gold's has a reputation for being expensive, so an alternate source would be nice. Heck, any source would be nice, I don't even know if Gold's has them.

2. If I wanted to read the Christian Bible (ie. the New Testament, Gospels, etc) what version(s) would you recommend I read?


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