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Ok, let me run this by all you people.
The word "stooped" as in "to stoop" like, to duck and stuff.
You all have heard that word, right?
B/c most if not ALL of my linguistics class HADN'T.
I had to keep from yelling at all of them.
And this is a smart school too. *sighs*

EDIT:
I gave allowances for the people who don't know English in the class, of course, but the person presenting on the subject didn't know the word, and then this other total moron who sounds drugged out the whole time didn't know it and people giggled at the word b/c it sounded funny and they'd never heard it before. That class is mostly full of morons and I want to smack them. I guess I'm mostly depressed by the fact that it's clear that people just aren't reading anymore and don't really care about learning. Again, mostly directed at this class. people arrive late, people don't show up, grrr. I don't know how they pass (and by late , I mean 20-45 min late). And they talk while sensei is talking. grrrrrr!
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On May 29th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC), triaelf9 replied:
*shakes head* PEOPLE.
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On May 29th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC), rowenaskye replied:
I can almost understand Gloucester. UK English and American English are, in my opinion, distinct enough to qualify as different dialects. It wouldn't be completely fair to expect someone raised in America to know how to correctly pronounce UK titles and place names without being told how to do so. "Stooping," however, is an entirely different matter. Had they never heard the phrase "I cannot believe he'd stoop so low?"
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On May 29th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC), triaelf9 replied:
I think it's more the thought that people who get to a good college like that should know enough about Shakespeare to know something like that.
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On May 29th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC), rowenaskye replied:
to be honest, I never even thought about it until I went to the UK and didn't want to sound like a moron. My Shakespearean experience has mostly been reading the plays, and since I don't pronounce the words in my head as I read, titles and such just flew by me. If that makes me an idiot, oh well.
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On May 29th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC), triaelf9 replied:
*sigh*
No body is calling anyone an idiot.
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On May 29th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC), rowenaskye replied:
no worries =)

Without words like Gloucester, Leicester, Chiswick, and Edinburgh, people in the UK would have no way of catching wayward American spies.
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On May 30th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC), slipperyliz replied:
American English and English English are different dialects. Also, I present to you: Houston.
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On May 29th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC), imabubble commented:
Vocab has nothing to do with getting into a "good college."
Though I guess that is kind of sad for people in a linguistics class.
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On May 29th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC), triaelf9 replied:
but knowing a common word like "stoop". I mean, SERIOUSLY?
Then again, there are some real IDIOTS at my school. Probably got in with rich parents, or something instead of the rest of us on merit.
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On May 29th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC), imabubble replied:
Well, I know a lot of people (like me!) with the darndest gaps in their vocabulary. I think not knowing a common word isn't really a signal that someone's an idiot.
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On May 29th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC), triaelf9 replied:
you don't have a gap that I've noticed thooooo
and granted, most of my anger comes from the fact that most of the people in my class are idiots for other reasons.
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On May 29th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC), imabubble replied:
Meow! :D
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On May 30th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC), slipperyliz commented:
People who talk when sensei is talking should be hauled into the street and shot without trial.
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On May 30th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC), triaelf9 replied:
I second this!
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