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sharper
Sharper  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 5)
Sun, 18th Mar '07 11:58 PM

UNFAIR QUESTION

I'm quite annoyed. I recently lost a substantial wager on TQOTD when the question under the banner of "Vocabulary" asked for the meaning of a word in Spanish. I sent a message of complaint to the disputed answers address but received no reply. If you are going to allow questions like that, where do you draw the line? The Urdu word for "rainbow"? The Japanese word for "little sister"? Given that Sploofus is an English-language site, I reckon I wuz robbed. Any editorial comment?

Steve

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 19th Mar '07 12:33 AM

Poop. I was waiting for a vocab question for a wager. Now I'm skeered.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Mon, 19th Mar '07 12:49 AM

Editors are now able to help get through the enormous pile of support tickets sent in to Justin. Please have patience and your problem will be resolved! We were just discussing that very problem yesterday from someone else's support ticket.

aslan
Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Mon, 19th Mar '07 7:35 AM

OK. Now you've done it. I can't find the Urdu word for 'rainbow' or the japanese for 'little sister'.

Inquiring (yet feeble) minds want to know.

soldotna
Soldotna  (Level: 27.7 - Posts: 145)
Mon, 19th Mar '07 8:59 AM

I know Eskimo for seal flipper. More study is apparently called for.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 19th Mar '07 9:38 AM

I ran "seal flipper" through Babelfish to Eskimo, but when I translated back what they'd said, it came out "laminate dolphin".

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 19th Mar '07 10:31 AM

Now you know why the Vogons destroyed Earth and all its languages.

mikebo
Mikebo  (Level: 138.9 - Posts: 14)
Mon, 19th Mar '07 4:04 PM

I would just like to support Sharper - I received a TQOTD which required whether I knew Pakistan was Urdu for "Land of the Pure". The other choices were Hindi translations.
I don't mind hard questions, but the expectation in such questions is hardly fair especially if wagering a load of points on it.

sharper
Sharper  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 5)
Tue, 20th Mar '07 4:39 AM

I was just grabbing examples out of the air, although I do know that the Japanese for "little sister" is "imooto".

re Pakistan, I thought that it was a deliberate semi-acronym made up from the initial letters of Punjab, Afghan Frontier and Kashmir + stan for "land", so you may have even more grounds for complaint.

Steve

soldotna
Soldotna  (Level: 27.7 - Posts: 145)
Tue, 20th Mar '07 5:38 AM

The seal flipper that you "eat", in Eskimo, is Oogarook. I can also tell you what it tastes like but it wouldn't be prudent. I'll just say that it took 6 months to get that taste out of my mouth. Susan

cypressriver
Cypressriver  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 160)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 12:03 AM

The Urdu word for "rainbow" is "quzah."

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.0 - Posts: 3777)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 8:17 AM

What is another English word for synonym?

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 9:28 AM

equinym


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