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(South China Morning Post)   The printer isn't working, so come back next week to finalise your divorce: The excuses made by Chinese marriage registry clerk credited with thwarting 500 divorces   (scmp.com) divider line 21
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2013-05-21 09:29:49 AM
That's a spousal-murder...
 
2013-05-21 09:31:09 AM
That's a marriage registry clerk murder...
 
2013-05-21 09:31:56 AM
What it may look like if the printer isn't working...

thehacktory.org

/dnrtfa
 
2013-05-21 09:35:28 AM
tangent: why do Europeans seem to always replace the Z with an S in words? "analyse", "finalise", etc? do they hate the letter Z ?
 
2013-05-21 09:40:28 AM
A similar thing happens with suicide, where incredibly minor inconveniences like climbing over a three foot fence that's blocking off a popular jumping spot have been shown to decrease overall suicide rates for the area. Countries where guns are harder to get have significantly lower suicide rates than countries where guns are easy to get (accounting for other variables), because shooting yourself is easy and painless.

It's kinda ridiculous how prone people are to making enormous life-changing decisions based on how they're feeling at a particular point in time.
 
2013-05-21 09:41:12 AM

imtheonlylp: tangent: why do Europeans seem to always replace the Z with an S in words? "analyse", "finalise", etc? do they hate the letter Z ?


Having 26 letters of the alphabet is the "Imperial" system.  25 letters are metric.
 
2013-05-21 09:45:06 AM

imtheonlylp: tangent: why do Europeans seem to always replace the Z with an S in words? "analyse", "finalise", etc? do they hate the letter Z ?


Because the UK has got the English language concession for Europe.
 
2013-05-21 09:49:57 AM

Gunther: A similar thing happens with suicide, where incredibly minor inconveniences like climbing over a three foot fence that's blocking off a popular jumping spot have been shown to decrease overall suicide rates for the area. Countries where guns are harder to get have significantly lower suicide rates than countries where guns are easy to get (accounting for other variables), because shooting yourself is easy and painless.

It's kinda ridiculous how prone people are to making enormous life-changing decisions based on how they're feeling at a particular point in time.


On the other hand, it's perfectly consistent with history as we've seen it, and politics as we continue to see it.
 
2013-05-21 09:50:58 AM

imtheonlylp: tangent: why do Europeans seem to always replace the Z with an S in words? "analyse", "finalise", etc? do they hate the letter Z ?


Because Noah Webster was an American and the English didn't listen to him when he made his spelling changes.
 
2013-05-21 10:04:48 AM

wrs1864: imtheonlylp: tangent: why do Europeans seem to always replace the Z with an S in words? "analyse", "finalise", etc? do they hate the letter Z ?

Because Noah Webster was an American and the English didn't listen to him when he made his spelling changes.


Pretty much. American spelling is just another way of saying spelled wrong.
 
2013-05-21 10:50:52 AM

wrs1864: imtheonlylp: tangent: why do Europeans seem to always replace the Z with an S in words? "analyse", "finalise", etc? do they hate the letter Z ?

Because Noah Webster was an American and the English didn't listen to him when he made his spelling changes.


But Oxford apparently listened
 
2013-05-21 11:13:14 AM
Russ1642:  Pretty much. American spelling is just another way of saying spelled wrong.

Excuse me, but "centre" for example strikes me as a spelling mistake a kindergartner would make rather than a legitimate alternate spelling of the word.
 
2013-05-21 11:22:39 AM

ukexpat: wrs1864: imtheonlylp: tangent: why do Europeans seem to always replace the Z with an S in words? "analyse", "finalise", etc? do they hate the letter Z ?

Because Noah Webster was an American and the English didn't listen to him when he made his spelling changes.

But Oxford apparently listened


One of the reasons English is such a farked up, confusing language to learn is that people keep trying to simplify it and their changes get partially adopted, thus making it more confusing than it was originally.

Webster et al have a lot to answer for.

local vagrant: Excuse me, but "centre" for example strikes me as a spelling mistake a kindergartner would make rather than a legitimate alternate spelling of the word.


Whereas the American pronunciation of "herb" makes perfect sense.
 
2013-05-21 12:23:47 PM

Gunther:  the American pronunciation of "herb" makes perfect sense.


Haha, touche
 
2013-05-21 12:27:19 PM

Gunther: ukexpat: wrs1864: imtheonlylp: tangent: why do Europeans seem to always replace the Z with an S in words? "analyse", "finalise", etc? do they hate the letter Z ?

Because Noah Webster was an American and the English didn't listen to him when he made his spelling changes.

But Oxford apparently listened

One of the reasons English is such a farked up, confusing language to learn is that people keep trying to simplify it and their changes get partially adopted, thus making it more confusing than it was originally.

Webster et al have a lot to answer for.

local vagrant: Excuse me, but "centre" for example strikes me as a spelling mistake a kindergartner would make rather than a legitimate alternate spelling of the word.

Whereas the American pronunciation of "herb" makes perfect sense.


www.dvdactive.com

Because there's a farking H in it.
 
2013-05-21 12:44:39 PM
How many of the women are still alive next week when the printer is fixed?
 
2013-05-21 12:47:23 PM
打印机怎么不工作?
Why doesn't the printer work?

Just learned this phrase in a Chinese podcast I listen to.
 
2013-05-21 01:07:15 PM
Must be no divorce lawyers in China. She would never have gotten away with this.
 
2013-05-21 01:35:10 PM
I wonder, if my printer didn't work if I would still be married; the ex Mrs. Morgellons wasn't a gleaming example of patience, or practicality...

/Legalzoom FTW
//Or FTL, depending
 
2013-05-21 03:52:23 PM
Q: Why are divorces so expensive?

A: Because they're worth it.
 
2013-05-21 09:01:01 PM
When I passed my driver's test, the power was out and so they told me to take my paperwork to another facility to be processed.

Why wouldn't those unhappy couples go elsewhere?
 
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