August 5th, 2015

More Odd Sentences from Duolingo Dutch

I've been lazy, and mostly just maintaining everything golden on Duolingo, with very occasional forays into Babbel. Sentence of the day, courtesy Duolingo:

"Ik zou nooit over wapens zingen"

Of course, haven't we all, at some point, sung about weapons?

"And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting mid air"?

Or, for the more foolish and less patriotic among us, sung along with Warren Zevon:

"Send lawyers, guns and money"

I'm sure you can come up with more, like, say, this gem from very early in the 2008 presidential election, in which John McCain abused a Beach Boys refrain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-zoPgv_nYg

It's all well and good to say you never will sing about weapons, but honestly, good fucking luck with that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battle_Hymn_of_the_Republic#Lyrics

"He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword"

ETA: Bonus, from Spanish Duolingo

"Tu oso bebe cerveza."

Your bear drinks beer. Sounds like a problem, honestly.

Funny observations about languages

And by "funny", I mean they made me laugh. You will scratch your head and go, whatever.

The word for Saturday in Spanish is "sábado". It's like they're all Adventists or something.

The word for "month" in Spanish is "mes". The word for "knife" in Dutch is "mes". Make of that what you will. But you could definitely imagine some issues Back in the Day when the Spaniards had control of the Netherlands.

ETA: Minor aside, not about language. Watch told me, hey, stand up already. Because I was attempting to convince my daughter to leave with the sitter, I went upstairs and am working at my desk. So, I stood up, used the lever to bring my desk up to standing height, and kept working. Well, I will, after I finish typing this and responding to a text message. Still, kinda cool.

In Which We Visit El Huipil

We like El Huipil, and their ac is more than adequate. So we went there for dinner since we had two sitters. They have recently gotten a liquor license.

Watch out for those margaritas. At some point, Maynard's Board of Selectmen is gonna crack down on them, in much the same way they put Daniela's out of business here in Acton. In the meantime, think of their margaritas as effectively a triple or stronger.

Tasty food as always. I had the veggie burritos and they were yum. As a result of the margaritas, by the time I left my lips and toes were numb. But before the alcohol rendered my tastebuds completely indifferent to what I was consuming, I really enjoyed the guacamole.

ETA: I made some phone calls after El Huipil and its powerful margarita. The margarita made the phone calls sooooo much easier.