You have to speek the language.

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Another thread with much concern about the use of words and grammar was on the board a few days back. I got to thinking about my distaste of the term "dizzy" used for a distributor and realized it wasn't any different than others problems with other terms used here on the board.

I thought the thread did cover the topic very well in that "build" and "kit" were words/ terms used frequently here on the board, making them, pretty much colloquial ( characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.)

Looking back through the years Hot Rod magazine writers have continually tried ( sometimes successful, sometimes not ) to introduce new words to the hobby. For what it's worth, you wont find the term Hot Rod once in any issue of the magazine Throttle ( predecessor to Hot Rod by several years). You will also be hard pressed to find the term "Gow Job" in any Hot Rod magazine before the 2000's.

My point is our language as our hobby is forever changing. Like it or not. Boy this makes me dizzy. :P

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This topic will make us DIZZY!

Maybe we could talk about the term "Rat Rod" more, that should wake the natives.

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Speek the language?

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Speek the language?

Yes i was wondering what speek is as well!

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Is the past tense of speek spook?

:lol:

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Well Greg did say speak and not spell it :lol:

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I had a speek and spell that never spoke. :D

(sorry Greg...it's just too tempting sometimes)

Are sure its not spoking the spell while speeking :lol:

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Is this a modeling forum or a "Think Tank" ?

Seriously ... Let build something and have fun !

Steve B.

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Is this a modeling forum or a "Think Tank" ?

Seriously ... Let build something and have fun !

Steve B.

The question mark is supposed to be inside the quote marks.

And we are having fun! :lol:

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Is this a modeling forum or a "Think Tank" ?

Seriously ... Let build something and have fun !

Steve B.

This the general section of this forum, there is no rule that says we have to talk about models on here 100% of time, and after your thread about leaving and going on about freedom of speech, you say what you just did. Ok then

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Your makin me Dizzy

My head is spinnin

Like a worrlpool

It's never ending.

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Is the past tense of speek spook?

:lol:

I just busted a gut Harry! But then, hey, what does it mean to "bust a gut"??

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I just busted a gut Harry! But then, hey, what does it mean to "bust a gut"??

Not sure... but please be sure to clean up after yourself... :lol:

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If it rains cats and dogs. Do the dogs chase the cats once they land?

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:unsure: Would it be the cats meow to watch the dogs slip?

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Now, now guys, you we should be talking about models 100% of the time around here :lol:

So with that being said, what about the monkeys?, do they chase the cats or dogs?, or do dogs chase the moneys?, and what monkeys and footballs? :lol: :lol:

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Is the past tense of speek spook?

:lol:

Only if you're a ghostwriter :D

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Only if you're a ghostwriter :D

Yeah, the Outlaws had a big hit with that. Ghostwriters in the sky! :lol:

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I have a :monkey-faced weasle-cat. Does that qualify for way freakin' off topic?

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I have a :monkey-faced weasle-cat. Does that qualify for way freakin' off topic?

Sure why not, now how would one know if a ghost is writing? can you only see the ink ?

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There has to be a gas leak in here....... :P

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Ooops, that should have read, "Dey's gots ta be a gaz leek all up in er!"

Edited by Ben

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I had a speek and spell that never spoke. :D

I used Spic and Span on my Speak & Spell 'cuz it was spewing dirty words. :huh:

Edited by Monty

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It gets old quick when others constantly feel the need to point out others spelling errors. Every one of us has been guilty of mispelling a word at one time or another, whether it be from a fat finger, common language, in a hurry or just plain are not a gifted speller. Some of us who learned to read phonetically are not gifted spellers at all. I learned to read using phonics while my brother learned to "sight read" he never has to look up any word to spell it correctly while I have to carry a dictionary in my back pocket. My wife who is a teacher tells me there have been numerous studies to back up reading methods as fact.

Now on to the topic at hand -

Dizzy, I first encountered the word dizzy used in place of distributor when I first started playing with Brittish cars. Apparently they have been using the term for some time as it is found in their technical repair manuals. The Brits use all sorts of things which are odd to us (North Americans). They say Boot instead of Trunk. A Wing is a Fender. A Spanner is a Wrench. A Cookie is a Bisquit. Sometimes it is a matter of spelling. They Spell Tire as Tyre. Colour is Color and the list goes on and on. To me it is like I learned in a Technical Writing class. One of the first rules of Technical Writing is to consider your intended audience. Common Terminology, common language, reading level, technical level, you could carry that exercise out as far as you wish to slice and dice it. In short to me what matters is "does the person you are trying to communicate with understand what you are saying, speaking or writing?" I find that I can overlook a lot of things if the person I am comunicating with is trying to communicate with me in the same terms or language that I am.

Edited by Skip

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Me thinks Harry is the ghostwriter. Has anyone ever met him?

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