Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Malificus, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow

    So there I was, browsing the interblags and I was wondering, "how does the dictionary define the word 'is'"

    Well, to my dismay, when I googled is, there was no quick dictionary definition in the corner like ususal.

    Rather, I got

    for a result. None of these relating to the word 'is'

    So I googled 'is dictionary' and the browser completely scraps the word 'is'

    So I look up 'is' in the dictionary, and the first definition is
    luckily, be has like, 58 results, so that's no problem, but what the heck do 'pres.' and 'indic.' mean?

    Damn abbreviating it words into absurdity.

  2. Hoosier_Daddy

    Hoosier_Daddy Registered Member

    Denoting present tense; indicative of, or to indicate

  3. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow

    Also, the second definition was

    — is. as1 (def. 25).

    Which annoys me because it uses is
    cool, thanks
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  4. ExpectantlyIronic

    ExpectantlyIronic e̳̳̺͕ͬ̓̑̂ͮͦͣ͒͒h̙ͦ̔͂?̅̂ ̾͗̑

    This reminds of E-Prime, which is a modification of the English language, that simply eliminates the verb form "to be". Supposedly, it makes it a lot harder to use the language to vague and deceitful ends. So instead of saying "that bird is blue," you might say "that bird looks blue."
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  5. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow

    I approve of this post.
    That seems like it makes for an interesting exercise for discussion.
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  6. Obsessiforge

    Obsessiforge - Diderot Reborn -

    yeah, shakespeare would have had trouble with E. Prime though...
    "to exist, or not to exist?!"
  7. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow

    How about "to exist or not to exist, that question confounds me on a regular basis?"
  8. Obsessiforge

    Obsessiforge - Diderot Reborn -

    sure, but you've got to keep the iambic pentameter in mind. without that, Ol' Billy Shakes was nothing!
  9. Malificus

    Malificus Likes snow

    To live or not to live, I feel confused?
    To live or not to live, I do not know?
  10. Obsessiforge

    Obsessiforge - Diderot Reborn -

    masterfully done. but what about the next line?

    Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

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