Odd Language #210: What’s Wrong With You?

Recently, a video on SoraNews24 covered some of the conflicts that can occur between spouses of different cultures. One item covered was the difference between “What’s wrong with you?” vs. “What’s wrong?”

The issue: When asking about someone’s problem, the two would seem to mean about the same, but the first is likely to be taken as accusatory whereas the second is taken as being more neutral.

Note that the URL is valid: they changed their name from RocketNews24 to SoraNews24 recently, but have not changed the Website yet. You can use en.soranews24.com in place of the domain name, but your browser will be redirected to en.rocketnews24.com.

Puzzle #213: Found Money

Kathy, Larry, Mona, Neil, and Olivia each recently found a different amount of money. The amounts were $5, $10, $15, $20, and $40 though not necessarily in that order.

Mona found an exact multiple of the amount that Larry found.
Olivia found an exact multiple of the amount that Kathy found.
Larry found an exact multiple of the amount that Neil found.

How much did each find?

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #211 Solution: Marbles

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Finally?

I have been looking for full-time work for all too long. Today, I think I finally have a position. I knew that it had been warping me, but even so, I did not realise quite how much. I have been unable to really relax for a long time.

If you know of someone who is looking for work and having difficulty finding it, please do not just ignore him. Please give him a hand.

Odd Language #209: Prey for Me?

I am currently reading, Worm a really dark superheroes story. Warning: It is really dark. In chapter 12-3 is the sentence: ‘”They want to be the predators, we make them prey,” Noelle said.’

The issue: It can be read as Noelle’s group makes the subject they into prey—and this is the intended meaning, but it can also be read as Noelle’s group makes prey for the subject they. The second use is taking the first noun after the verb as being the indirect object. This is the same type of usage as “He gave them a gift.” which means “He gave a gift to them.”.

Puzzle #212: Magic Square

A 3-by-3 magic square contains the integers from 6 to 14.  (Each row, column, and diagonal adds up to the same number.)

Given the clues following, what integer is in each square?

The number in the top-right corner square is 10, 11, or 12.

The corner squares’ values are either all odd or all even.

The bottom-center number is 7, or 14, or maybe 13.

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #210 Solution: Class Groups

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Interesting Snack

I have lately started snacking on roasted seaweed. It is quite popular in Japan.

One of the things that struck me about it is the size of the package: only five grams. It comes in nine sheets that are about 6 by 9 cm each.

Eating it one sheet at a time, I have noticed that a lot of my eating of snack foods has been rather automatic: just stuffing it in. This is important to me since I need to lose some weight. I hope it is useful to you.

Odd Language #208: Right-Hand What?

A recent SoraNews24 article has an odd sentence: “The actual shrine itself, though, is hidden from view so you’ll need to walk through the torii, then make your way around the right-hand coast of the island.”

The issue: “right-hand coast”? It is correct, but it is definitely not the way I would express it. How about you?

Note that the link is correct. SoraNews24 recently changed their name from RocketNews24, but they have not fully updated their Website yet.