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Post Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:37 pm 
 

ExTSR wrote:Die v dice, eh? What's the singular of Rice, Rouse? (as in Lice & louse)

The singular of "rice" is -- well, it's a trick question, there isn't really one.  It can be assumed to be "rice", though.  The collective plural of rice is "rices".

Why is this different than "mouse/mice/mice", as I posited earlier?  Didn't I already said the -s shouldn't be there?  Why am I making a 180?  It's only one letter different!

Simple.  Semantic pressure.  It's far more semantically ambiguous to have identical forms than not.  The language is attempting to differentiate by adding -s to collective noun plurals where it can do so unopposed.  The existence of a non-collective plural in "mice" can prevent this from happening, but "rice" has no such non-collective counterpart and so is caving to this pressure, at least in some dialects.

(I would say "mooses", "rices", and "beers" -- in the collective sense only, of course.  I would never say "dices" or "mices".)

And yes, I'm making it up as I go along.  That's what linguists do, and why English teachers hate us so.   :wink:

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:08 am 
 

I think this is the correct thread for this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... gory=92699

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:06 am 
 

Tiz one iz fun !

ZANKHMAR dungeons dragons | eBay

:lol:  :lol:

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:12 am 
 

chromaticknight wrote:I think this is the correct thread for this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... gory=92699

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Yeah, you can BIN for $300 and it retails for $600 (according to the description).  What a bargain!  You got to be kidding.  Just when you thought you've seen it all...

  


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Post Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:18 am 
 

sheeadog wrote:
chromaticknight wrote:I think this is the correct thread for this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... gory=92699

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Yeah, you can BIN for $300 and it retails for $600 (according to the description).  What a bargain!  You got to be kidding.  Just when you thought you've seen it all...

That's the great thing about art.  It's subjective, so you can try to charge whatever you want.  Unfortunately, the best way to make money with art is to fail your system shock roll.  Should put more percentile dice on there...

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 5:29 pm 
 

I love this part of the description:  "Heavy bracelet, feels great on your wrist!"

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 6:48 pm 
 

$300 for a dice bracelet. What are the odds they will find someone stupid enough to buy it? Can anyone be that dense and still remember to breathe occasionally?


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Post Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 8:07 pm 
 

Deadlord39 wrote:$300 for a dice bracelet. What are the odds they will find someone stupid enough to buy it? Can anyone be that dense and still remember to breathe occasionally?

If it were $30, and a lot less crowded with the dice, I can actually see someone buying it.  But this seller's just gone stupid with greed.  It's a fairly common phenomenon on eBay.

Especially considering they're buying lots like this, drilling holes in the dice, and trying to make well over 1000% profit:
cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem& ... otohosting

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:08 pm 
 

It's a cursed item.

Manacles of Free Will. Not!

Whenever an important decision needs to be made, the wearer of the Manacles must make a numbered list of possible choices. The ultimate decision is then randomly chosen from the list by the Manacles. The only way a person can rid themselves of the Manacles is by selling them on e-Bay for a higher price than what they paid.

Obviously it has changed hands many times.

  


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:21 pm 
 

New First print of "In Search of the Unknown":

In Search of The Castaways: DVDs & Movies | eBay

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 7:20 am 
 

Not a laughable item description, but a laughable bidder's name on the bidders list here!  (see the $15.13 bid)

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Could be a tactic that works out in this person's favor.  Would *you* want to bid against that!?!

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:04 am 
 

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:26 am 
 

bonk! wrote:
Could be a tactic that works out in this person's favor.  Would *you* want to bid against that!?!



Would be worse if that was the *seller's* id...

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 5:51 pm 
 

I was very nearly 'itburnswhenIpee'  on Ebay.

My wife dissuaded me from it.   :roll:

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 7:30 pm 
 

I considered "bloodystool".


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:52 pm 
 

Bloodystool - taken
itburnswhenipee - taken

too late I'm afraid guys!

Sadly this is addictive - I've looked at about 50 idiot names and phrases that made me giggle and got about a 95% success rate - you'd be amazed what people call themselves - personal fave so far is 'shillbidder' - oh dear :D

  


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:15 pm 
 

gyg wrote:Bloodystool - taken
itburnswhenipee - taken

too late I'm afraid guys!

Sadly this is addictive - I've looked at about 50 idiot names and phrases that made me giggle and got about a 95% success rate - you'd be amazed what people call themselves - personal fave so far is 'shillbidder' - oh dear :D


ScorchingHerpes and IhaveCrabs! are still available...

Send me just $19.99 and these names could be yours  :lol:


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:36 pm 
 

My next bidding account will be itchybrownonion.


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