Night at the museum with Sami

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Dinosaurs, as seen by fakeologist Sami and K.



Show Notes (in chronological order)…

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10 thoughts on “Night at the museum with Sami

  1. Carole Thomas

    Fossils are things you dig out of the ground.
    The biggest fossils come from the so-called terrible lizards.
    Terrible lizards used to be organic.
    Dead organic things are limited in number.

    Oil is something you dig out of the ground.
    It’s a hydro-carbon.
    The Geneva Congress in 1892 classified hydro-carbons as organic.
    Oil is therefore limited.

    Dinosaurs only exist as fossils today.
    Oil is a “fossil fuel”.
    What is the connection?
    Answers on a postcard.
    Clue: a railway baron with a name etymologically related to petroleum.

  2. babette

    Constructive Criticism:

    Would it be possible to have a transcript of this conversation? Once the innumerable “um-ums,” “like, like, likes,” and “ya knows,” are eliminated (and the detestable “valley speak” silenced) one is left with a passably interesting, hour-long gabfest amongst teenaged girls (includes the guy) about dinosaur fakery.

    That’s unfortunate because the topic is fascinating.

    1. Carole Thomas

      I thoroughly enjoyed spending a night at the museum with Sami and love the way both Sami and K. communicate. Dinosaur hoaxing is an endlessly interesting topic:-)
      @babette You sound miserable! Do you need a hug? Why else make such needlessly hurtful comments?

      1. babette

        Carole: I simply hold to higher standards than you do. Find a more effective way of urging people to improve their speaking skills and ’tis I who shall give you a hug.

        1. Carole Thomas

          I’m like into grammar too, Babette, but … uhm … I guess a bit differently!

          For me grammar is useful as a descriptive, rather than prescriptive tool.
          Colloquial hedges ( e.g. “like” as deployed in my first sentence above) are used by conversational partners in utterances to calm nerves, diffuse tension and accommodate discourse partners (cf Grice’s maxims of Conversational Implicature, especially the Maxim of Cooperation).
          And btw the non-standard (i.e. not approved of by grammar authorities for written speech) use of “like” by no means started as valleyspeak. R. S. Stevenson used “like” as a filler in his 1896 novel Kidnapped:
          What’ll like be your business, mannie? (p 7)
          ‘What’s, like, wrong with him?’ said she at last. (p 193)

          Discourse particles ( e.g. “uhm” as an interjection) are perfectly normal fillers in unrehearsed utterances – just the kind of conversation I want to listen to as a fakeologist.

          My constructive suggestion to you would be to simply stop listening if an abundance of colloquial hedges, discourse markers and non-standard adverbials irks you as a prescriptivist. My standards aren’t necessarily lower than yours. As a descriptivist, they are … uhm … just, like … different:-)

          PS Here’s some bedtime reading:

          1. ab Post author

            Wow Carole you put my grammar knowledge to shame! Babette has awakened the grammar giant in you. Nice exchange. Love to hear an audio from both of you. The more people talking the better. Let’s encourage audios as much as possible.

    2. ab Post author

      Don’t forget everyone here is an amateur, including myself. The fact that they make a (great) effort is enough for me to overlook any speech deficiencies. That said good on you for listening… I haven’t had a chance yet but intend to perhaps today.

      1. babette

        You are too modest, Ab. You hone your speaking skills every day and Fakeologists everywhere should do likewise. Incidentally, don’t rush to applaud my fortitude. One hour sufficed to bring on grand mal seizures…


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