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Apr. 1st, 2014

10:14 am - In which I do organisey stuff and prolongate my domain

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Hey, I just realised it's the first of April. I think that means it's a new tax year. Which means I have to do something about the whole apartment/renting/expenses situation.

I've never done that stuff before, because I've never rented out property before. The way I understand it the rent counts against my income, but I can claim maintenance expenses, expenses associated with leasing, and interest on the mortgage against the rental income. Given how early in the mortgage we are, I'm gonna take a wild stab in the dark and guess we'll probably get some tax back this year.

But I also think that I'll have to wait for all the other involved parties to get their shit together and send statements and whatnot before I can do anything. Because not everyone is quite so anal about getting that kind of thing the fuck over with so I can forget about it as soon as possible. Damn them.

And in the vein of being all organised and stuff, I just renewed my domain. Domain renewal is one of those things that you don't think about for years and then you have to do it and you've forgotten all your login details, moved house, got a new debit card, and generally forgotten how the site works. I use Joker.com, and they are ok. They are German, and I just received an email saying that I have 'successfully prolongated my domain registration.'

I looked it up, prolongated is totally a word. It means the same as prolonged. Why does English do this, and who told the Joker people that prolongated was the right terminology? I mean, it's not wrong, but it's unusual and a bit unnecessary.

And it is prolongating my fear that the words I am learning in other languages are also 'a bit unusual' and will make the respective Finns, Germans, Russians and Maori go and look them up to see if they even exist.

Speaking of which, I started on learning Russian words aloud yesterday. The woman who says the pronunciations sounds.. formidable. I am starting to think that Russian is just a language that makes women sound formidable..

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From:fbhjr
Date:March 31st, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Living in Russia might well make anyone formidable...
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From:tatjna
Date:March 31st, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
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I do wonder if all the consonants being squooshed together like that is so that people don't have to have their mouths open too much in extremely cold temperatures...
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From:richaarde
Date:April 1st, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
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OMG that was hysterical!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 31st, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
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And then they will be aggravavated.
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From:bekitty
Date:March 31st, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
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"Orientate" is one that always got me. I mean, the word "orient" means exactly the same thing.

Mind you, the original spelling of "asparagus" was "sparrowgrass", but it was changed because it wasn't classy enough. Or something.
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From:t_c_da
Date:April 1st, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
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"Transportation" is the one that sticks in my craw - like transport says exactly the same thing with two fewer syllables and is the original usage.

Transportation is yank usage, and not to be tolerated in the colonies...
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From:tatjna
Date:April 1st, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
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It would seem that my poor German domain hosts have raised an issue that's struck a nerve with word geeks. Who'd a guessed it?
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From:majesticarky
Date:April 1st, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
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lawl. Russian pronunciation is formidable for native English speakers. I totally agree. However, I think it's more like the men sound formidable XD. I think the women sound pretty. My mom literally gets random people complimenting her on having such a pretty voice/accent all the time.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 1st, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
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Hehe, probably true. Some of the sounds that woman is making make my eyes bug out when I try to recreate them. ;-)
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From:ecosopher
Date:April 1st, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
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I guess it comes from the same stem as 'elongated'. I quite like it. I think I will start using it :)
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From:tatjna
Date:April 1st, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Eeek, I've started something!
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From:meathiel
Date:April 1st, 2014 07:06 am (UTC)
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They probably used Babelfish or something ... *lol*
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From:tatjna
Date:April 1st, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Well I did find out yesterday that in German there's a formal and informal way of saying 'your' so maybe it's kind of like that...
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:April 1st, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
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From now on I will never prolong things, I will only prolongate them :P (So pronlongate is basically prolong... prolonged...)
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From:tatjna
Date:April 1st, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha I hadn't thought of that!
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:April 1st, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
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I mean, it's not wrong, but it's unusual and a bit unnecessary.

This is exactly my feeling about English in India - it's often beautifully correct, but full of words like "reach" instead of "get", "seldom" instead of "sometimes", "programme" instead of "plan" (as in for the day), etc. Like all just a little bit *more* than we would use in English in Canada.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 1st, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
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I have often thought that Indian English is more correct than English English - but maybe 'more formal' is a better way of putting it.
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