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Jul 17 2013

A poll for the Irish gay folk

The Irish Constitutional Convention has decided in favor of gay marriage, but it is likely to be opened up to a referendum of the people next year. So we get a little poll, testing the waters.

How will you vote on gay marriage?

Against 48%
In favour 44%
Undecided 7%

I see the problem! They misspelled “favor”, so everyone is confused. I’ll help: in Ireland, voting “in favour” means you approve of gay marriage.

There. That should swing the voting around just right.

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  1. 1
    IslandBrewer

    Unfortunately, we can’t pharyngulate the actual vote, unless they do it as an online poll …

    …wait a minute!

  2. 2
    holytape

    Since God hates teh Gays, but has lousy aim, can we start a betting pool on which natural disaster hits Scotland?

    Adam and Steve

  3. 3
    René

    I beg YOR pardoun?

  4. 4
    sumdum

    Since I’m not Irish I can’t vote. But that poll is a tight race, 46% against 45% now.

  5. 5
    Adren Aline

    “They misspelled ‘favor’”

    The Queen Mother begs to differ, it’s ‘favour’.

  6. 6
    Draken

    Æren’t all the Irish gay, in a sense? Merry and gay?

    Or at least gaylic.

  7. 7
    Rutee Katreya

    Since God hates teh Gays, but has lousy aim, can we start a betting pool on which natural disaster hits Scotland?

    Given that he’s hit Texas for California’s indiscretions, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to end up in the actual British Isles. My money’s on Brittany, or maybe Spain.

  8. 8
    Kimpatsu

    ‘They misspelled “favor”…’?
    Do you know why Americans misspell “favour”, “flavour”, and “colour”, etc?
    Because they are so selfish, there is no room for “u” in their language!

  9. 9
    robro

    Rutee said,

    Given that he’s hit Texas for California’s indiscretions…

    Really? Which one’s? Maybe we should do more of that. Maybe if we do something really, really bad God will smack both Texas and Florida, and heck throw in some other places while at it.

  10. 10
    markr1957

    Oh dear – it appears that somebody might be Pharyngulating the online poll – wonder how that could have happened :-) The vote is swinging in favo(u)r of gay marriage as of right now.

  11. 11
    A Hermit

    My money’s on Brittany, or maybe Spain.

    Why won’t they LEAVE BRITTANY ALONE!

  12. 12
    kieran

    Scrap Saturday made by the people who went on to do Father Ted.
    Scrap saturday probably posted it before. If your wondering who is godboting the poll it’s the Iona institute and friends.

  13. 13
    marko

    I’m sure you got number of digs a few weeks ago for trolling your own blog, you can do better than that dude.

  14. 14
    Sili

    Hi marko,

    Are you new here?

  15. 15
    robster

    In the REAL English speaking world, the one where the original version is appreciated, the word favour is pronounced that way, same with colour. You yankees say it differently and your spelling reflects that.

  16. 16
    Martha Bie

    Hey! I’m as American as they come and I still know how to spell “favour.”

  17. 17
    Johnny Au Gratin

    They misspelled “favor”…’?
    Do you know why Americans misspell “favour”, “flavour”, and “colour”, etc?
    Because they are so selfish, there is no room for “u” in their language!

    Qoted for Trth! Yo said a mothfl, Kimpats.

  18. 18
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Do you know why Americans misspell “favour”, “flavour”, and “colour”, etc?

    Because it’s inconsiderate to put “u” there and then just ignore “u.” Damn rude Brits.

    Oh, sorry.

    Baecause it’s incounsidaerate tou put “u” thaere aend thaen jstu ignoure “u.” Daemn rude. Brtsi.

  19. 19
    =8)-DX

    Heh, I’d vote in favour. My pet peeve is “thru”. Even worse is “1 thru 8″. WTF? Reinvent spelling, USAians, but leave our grammar alone!

  20. 20
    Charlie Foxtrot

    Oh hey, that’s how we spell it in Australia as well!

    I guess I can go vote in favour of that!

  21. 21
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Reinvent spelling, USAians, but leave our grammar alone!

    Don’t you mean “graemmra?”

  22. 22
    Sili

    My pet peeve is “thru”.

    Yeah, it should be “þurh”.

    Even worse is “1 thru 8″.

    Attested since 1798.

  23. 23
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    Poll is now 51% in favour :) but the best thing about Pharyngulating that poll was the link at the top of the page, which informs me that Marriage Equality in England and Wales recieved Royal Assent yesterday, and will come into effect roughly one year from now :)

    *victory dance*

    As an Englisher, I am pretty proud of my country right now :)

  24. 24
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    Also, who the hell took all the Us out of American English? You had a perfectly good language and then went and fucked it all up. :)

  25. 25
    marko

    Hi Sili,
    No, I’ve been around for a while, but a bit sporadic on the comments.

  26. 26
    marko

    Also, who the hell took all the Us out of American English?

    As much as it pains me to say it, it was a fellow Scot who was one of the leaders of the movement to destroy the language:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplified_Spelling_Board

  27. 27
    Doc Dish

    You can vote from the UK (or at least this little bit of it)

  28. 28
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    @Marko

    The “Simplified Spelling Board”?! I used to joke that American English had all the Us taken out to make it easier to spell, it never crossed my mind that I had inadvertantly stumbled on the truth! I just assumed it was a consequence of the langauge naturally diverging due to isolation from each other.

    Damn, America *shakes head*

    What I particularly enjoy about American English is the literality of it. Any “s” that is pronunced like a “z” is replaced with a “z”. “U”s which have only a subtle effect on pronunciation are discarded. “Pavement” gives no clues to the purpose of the object, so “pavement” becomes “sidewalk”. “Horse riding” specifies the animal you are riding, but where on Earth do you sit!? “Horseback riding”, ah, I see! And what the hell’s a “bin”? A can you put trash in? “Trash can”!

    Love it :)

  29. 29
    Doc Dish

    OK Thumper; explain ‘Faucet’ (rather than ‘tap’). ;-)

    Also ‘bin’ is short for ‘rubbish bin’ where one puts one’s rubbish!

  30. 30
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    @Doc

    Admittedly there are exceptions… I’ve never got faucet. Where did that even come from?

  31. 31
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    Hmm, that gives rise to another question. What do you Americans call tap water? As in, water that comes out of a tap? Presumably you do differentiate between tap water and bottled or mineral water?

  32. 32
    Doc Dish

    I like to tell myself that it’s due to US taps being very stiff. Therefore you have to ‘force it’ open.

    I’ll get me coat.

  33. 33
    Captaintripps

    @30 & 31: We call it tap water. Faucet is in your court. The OED lists it as of unknown etymology, but gives a first reference in 1388. From all the uses it sounds like it was always a synonym of tap, like that used on a barrel of beer.

  34. 34
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    @Captaintripps

    So tap water comes out of a faucet? K.

    A quick google of faucet has revealed it is from Middle English, from Old French fausset, “cask stopper”, from fausser, “to break in”, from Late Latin falsre, “to falsify”, from Latin falsus, “false”.

    Huh. Odd how you guys kept faucet but call it tap water, and we just moved to tap completely. Etymology is fun :)

  35. 35
    Captaintripps

    That etymology looks suspect to me after fausser.

    As for whether tap water comes from a faucet, it comes from both a faucet and a tap. We’re something of a largish country with multiple regional variations.

  36. 36
    marko

    If you travel about 2 miles east from where I am, the bin becomes a bucket, and, as follows naturally, the bin man becomes the bucket man.

  37. 37
    Acolyte of Sagan

    Hey, leave the USA spellings alone. Every split second wasted inserting superfluous ‘u’s’ is a split second that they can better use stuffing burgers into their oversized gobs to feed their oversized bodies.

    But if they don’t stop rhyming ‘laboratory’ (lab-orra-tor-ee) with lavatory, I will declare war.

  38. 38
    chigau (違う)

    Fingers feeling better, AoS?

  39. 39
    David Marjanović

    Yay! Spelling reform! :-)

    In favour: 7143 (53 %)
    Against: 5367 (40 %)
    Undecided: 903 (6 %)

    In the REAL English speaking world, the one where the original version is appreciated, the word favour is pronounced that way, same with colour. You yankees say it differently and your spelling reflects that.

    ~:-| The fuck it does.

    How does u indicate that the r is pronounced as such???

    Yeah, it should be “þurh”.

    Thread won.

    The “Simplified Spelling Board”?! I used to joke that American English had all the Us taken out to make it easier to spell, it never crossed my mind that I had inadvertantly stumbled on the truth!

    Uh, those are due to Noah Webster. The Simplified Spelling Board had nothing to do with it.

    What I particularly enjoy about American English is the literality of it. Any “s” that is pronunced like a “z” is replaced with a “z”.

    You wish. This is only done with -ise endings, for which -ize (following the original Greek) is accepted by dictionaries in the UK as well.

    Even ss can be pronounced [z], as in scissors and Missouri.

  40. 40
    David Marjanović

    Thread won.

    Þred, even.

  41. 41
    Acolyte of Sagan

    Chigau, much better, thanks. It’s far easier to type now I can use my left hand too.

  42. 42
    Acolyte of Sagan

    Thumper; Atheist mate
    18 July 2013 at 5:59 am (UTC -5) Link to this comment

    @Marko

    The “Simplified Spelling Board”?! I used to joke that American English had all the Us taken out to make it easier to spell, it never crossed my mind that I had inadvertantly stumbled on the truth! I just assumed it was a consequence of the langauge naturally diverging due to isolation from each other.

    Damn, America *shakes head*

    What I particularly enjoy about American English is the literality of it. Any “s” that is pronunced like a “z” is replaced with a “z”. “U”s which have only a subtle effect on pronunciation are discarded. “Pavement” gives no clues to the purpose of the object, so “pavement” becomes “sidewalk”. “Horse riding” specifies the animal you are riding, but where on Earth do you sit!? “Horseback riding”, ah, I see! And what the hell’s a “bin”? A can you put trash in? “Trash can”!

    Love it :)

    Almost Australian, really.
    “Right fellers, we need a name for that great sandy desert. Any ideas? Then there’s that bay that’s always full of sharks. Oh, and that bloody great barrier reef too, not to mention that bit of ocean off the East coast that’s full of coral, and the bit of coastline where we found all the gold. And there’s a shed-load of sandy bays along the coast; they’re gonna need a name”.

  43. 43
    Mobius

    It’s up to 54% “in favour”, with 39% against.

    Despite the gains of the non-religious, Ireland is still heavily Catholic.

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