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  • in reply to: Snowden: Traitor or Hero? #962251
    haifagirl
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    Hero. The people have a right to privacy, and if the government is violating that, the people need to know.

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008380
    haifagirl
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    I can’t believe this one was not mentioned yet.

    It always bothers me when people say

    “Brother-in-laws” and “sister-in-laws”

    Instead of:

    Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

    As you can imagine, that one drives me crazy, too.

    in reply to: Blame the shadchanim #963533
    haifagirl
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    I had a friend whose daughter became “of age.” She called the shadchan and told the woman all about her daughter. She told the shadchan her daughter was overweight, with a learning disability, and “different.”

    The shadchan was so grateful for her honesty. She said, “You know, I’m going to remember your daughter. All the other girls sound alike.”

    It didn’t take long before my friend’s daughter found her shidduch. In fact, she got married before some of the “better” girls who lived near her and were the same age.

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008374
    haifagirl
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    In general, names are capitalized. However, a name is a personal thing, and if a person chooses not to capitalize his name, that is his prerogative. Just ask e.e. cummings.

    Periods go inside the parentheses if there is a complete sentence inside the parentheses. If the parenthetical remark is part of a larger sentence, the period goes outside.

    Interesting fact: Parentheses means a pair of those things. One is called a parenthesis.

    in reply to: Teens vs. Adults in the CR #960547
    haifagirl
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    Well, I’m not a teen, so I must be an old person. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to buy myself a rocking chair. So, if someone would be so kind, just ship it to the CR and I’ll have them forward it.

    in reply to: The Cost of Being Orthodox #960392
    haifagirl
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    I wouldn’t want any more than 4 kids, partially due to costs associated with education, but also I’d like the ability to be able to spend time with my kids, play with them, take them fishing, to ball games, to see rabbanim, to learn with them, do homework with them, help them study, etc.

    That is so wonderful of you. Since you want only 4, please don’t stop. Keep going. There are more childless couples than will be able to take all your “extras.”

    in reply to: Hey Haifagirl! #960880
    haifagirl
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    iluvbeingjewish: um… we’re both female. I’m married. I don’t know about haifagirl. But anyway….no shower for the 2 of us.

    I’m not married. But if you know anybody . . . 🙂

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008370
    haifagirl
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    Haifagirl- if I want to say “everyone has to know themself” is themself one or two words? I always thought it was one but autocorrect changes it to two. Thanks!

    Thank you for asking. I really admire people who want to learn more rather than keep making the same mistakes repeatedly.

    Autocorrect is correct. Them and self are each separate words. Themselves is one word and is used for plurals.

    Example: They didn’t hire movers, they moved everything themselves.

    However, everyone is a singular word, so it requires a singular pronoun. What you mean to say is, “Everyone has to know himself.”

    If you want to recast the sentence using gender-neutral language, try “All people have to know themselves.”

    in reply to: Hey Haifagirl! #960878
    haifagirl
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    So despite the rule even, I will just make it simple for you both. I think I know who both of you are and I do not believe there would be anyway that you both would have ever crossed paths. Does that make you feel better?

    But now that makes me wonder who you are!

    in reply to: Blame the shadchanim #963520
    haifagirl
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    There was no liquor at my wedding except for the wine we drank under the chuppah and a few bottles of Scotch at the tisch.

    I am very grateful for my male friends who always make sure to check if there is alcohol for the women, and if not, bring me some.

    Why is it that alcohol is served to the men and not the women? It should be both or neither.

    in reply to: Teens vs. Adults in the CR #960538
    haifagirl
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    I vote for 16-inch softball.

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008358
    haifagirl
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    Am i supposed to be able to follow this????? My grammer is ok in english, and stinks in hebrew, my israeli friends are obbsessed with hebrew grammer, but when i talk they say they dont mind, as long as they can figure out around what im trying to say…..shouldnt it be the same i english?????

    Why torture the poor high school girls who cant follow the grammer fight????? Haifagirl, were you this obbesssed in english grammer before you came to israel?????

    1) Yes, you are supposed to be able to follow this. It’s in English.

    2) Maybe your “grammer” is okay, but your grammar stinks–in English. (By the way, names of languages are capitalized.)

    3) “Figure out around”? What does that mean?

    4) I was obsessed with correct grammar from the time I was able to speak. You can ask the people I grew up with who hated being corrected by a fellow 6-year-old. (I thank my parents for making sure I spoke properly so I didn’t grow up to sound like a total ignoramus. I frequently wonder why other parents don’t care enough about their children to teach them to speak properly.)

    5) I wish you a refuah shleimah. I see you must have hurt your fingers as you are unable to use the shift key, and you keep getting stuck on the question mark.

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008348
    haifagirl
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    To on the ball: “spelt” is a grain, not the past tense of “spell”. But I did not cringe.

    In American it’s usually “spelled.” In England, it’s usually “spelt.” Same for dreamed/dreamt and a few other verbs.

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008347
    haifagirl
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    haifagirl- not really, because there’s no “do this” or “do that” in the real sentence. That’s just the “placemark” for let’s say “go to school” or “go to work.” try it again like that…

    You’re absolutely right about “go to school” or “go to work.” In that case, the sentence would be “You’ll either go to school, or go to work.” However, that’s not what you said originally.

    It always annoys me when people say things like “or I’ll do this, or I’ll do that.” I can’t help myself from answering “so you’ll either do this or that.”… It’s a literal translation of “ader des ader yentz”.

    That is the equivalent of “You’ll either go to school or work.” Notice the lack of the second verb. That changes the meaning.

    in reply to: Hey Haifagirl! #960876
    haifagirl
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    It’s not easy to come in in the middle of the show. You probably missed this exchange in a different thread:

    haifagirl: There are several people who know who I am. What surprised me was that there are so many people who haven’t figured it out.

    gefen: Haifagirl, I’m one of those who haven’t figured out who you are yet? In fact I asked another poster but she doesn’t know either. I am sooo curious. How long have you been away from chicago?

    Which came shortly after this exchange in still another thread:

    haifagirl: I once read somewhere (I forgot who wrote it) a wonderful vort on the subject. . . .

    Syag Lchochma: Haifagirl – are you sure you read it and didn’t hear it from a former employer? 🙂

    haifagirl: Syag Lchochma, I get the feeling you know me. Do I know you? Can you give me a hint?

    syag Lchochma: Here’s a hint that may work – my daughter went to shul alone because there was nobody else to sit on her side of the machitza with her.

    haifagirl: Aha! Give her my love.

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008335
    haifagirl
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    haifagirl- it’s actually proper the way I said it too. This is from a grammar page as a proper sentence. Change “Mike” to “you” and it’s basically what I wrote.

    You’re comparing apples and oranges. That’s not the same sentence at all. Diagram the sentences and you’ll see the difference.

    in reply to: BBQ Food #1020786
    haifagirl
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    My friend (the chumra queen) once told me that only chilonim barbecue. Frum people don’t.

    in reply to: Why Do People Speak This Way? #1008331
    haifagirl
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    It always annoys me when people say things like “or I’ll do this, or I’ll do that.” I can’t help myself from answering “so you’ll either do this or that.”… It’s a literal translation of “ader des ader yentz”.

    Actually, if you want to be grammatically correct, you’ll answer, “So you’ll do either this or that?” Make sure you put either in the right place.

    in reply to: Hey Haifagirl! #960873
    haifagirl
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    So – Hi Haifagirl! Still don’t know who you are, not that I’ve been actively trying to find out. But if you want to give any more hints, it might be fun. 😉

    You could give a hint to your identity, then I might be able to give you a better hint to mine. 🙂

    in reply to: The Cost of Being Orthodox #960358
    haifagirl
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    I was appalled by rebdoniel’s post about all the “necessary” expenses.

    jewishfeminist02, you did a wonderful job of explaining how to cut costs easily.

    Sometimes I read what New Yorkers consider necessary and I thank Hashem (yet again) that I never lived there.

    in reply to: Hey Haifagirl! #960869
    haifagirl
    Participant

    It seems as if I’ve missed some stuff while I’ve been otherwise occupied.

    in reply to: Canada, the best country in the world! #963585
    haifagirl
    Participant

    No. Israel is the best country in the world.

    Thank you. I was wondering if anybody else would say that.

    Hashem gave us Eretz Yisroel. Obviously He thinks Eretz Yisroel is the best country, or He would have given us Canada.

    So, can’t_stop_laughing, why do you disagree with Hashem?

    in reply to: Sleep Talking #958604
    haifagirl
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    I sometimes dream that I’m eating, and as I wake up I’m still bentching.

    haifagirl
    Participant

    Beautifully said.

    in reply to: Girls, answer honestly #958096
    haifagirl
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    I have better things to do with my time than stand in front of a mirror putting on make-up. (Of course, I have better things to do with my time than waste it in the CR, but that’s for another thread.)

    in reply to: My question regarding english music #957461
    haifagirl
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    Why don’t you just listen to English music that is religious? There are plenty of those, such as “Mama Rochel.” (Okay, I know part of it is in Hebrew, and part in Yiddish, but basically, it’s an English song.)

    in reply to: Should I Go To Medical School? #958323
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Edit: it apparently opened 5 years ago and costs 40k+. ABORT ABORT ABORT (no, that does not mean become an ob/gyn).

    🙂

    in reply to: Internet and the younger generation #957184
    haifagirl
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    akuperma: Everything you said was 100 percent spot on.

    With one minor exception:

    Since frum Jews spend a lot of time pouring over documents, we’ll probably be the last ones with decent reading skills.

    I’m sure you meant “poring.” I hope you meant “poring.” Please tell me you meant “poring.”

    in reply to: Today's grammar lesson #956536
    haifagirl
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    Cool, are you really a girl?

    Yes, I am.

    Why havent i seen you on in so long?

    I don’t know. And I’m sure you must realize that “I” should be capitalized.

    do you speak hebrew?

    Very poorly. Also, the first word in a sentence (Do) should be capitalized and so should the names of languages (Hebrew).

    We could make a hebrew gramner lesson of the day!

    We could if I knew what “gramner” was.

    in reply to: Today's grammar lesson #956534
    haifagirl
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    do u rlly live in chaifa?????

    Yes.

    Did you see the spell checker poem..?????

    Yes.

    in reply to: Today's grammar lesson #956533
    haifagirl
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    Haifagirl, while you are right and bad grammar bothers me also, only an idiot would make any of the assumptions you list in your post.

    It was not a list of assumptions. The article stated the only thing the parents have to do was pay the money. That means there is nothing else in the entire universe the parents have to do. That includes everything. I could have made the list a lot longer.

    in reply to: Today's grammar lesson #956532
    haifagirl
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    Do you only have this issue with YWN? 🙂

    Cute!

    If your question is whether or not I have this issue only with YWN, the answer is “no.” In fact, just this morning I e-mailed The Daily Mail to let them know they had improperly used “who” instead of “whom” in one of their headlines.

    If your question is whether or not I have only this issue with YWN, the answer is “no.” I have a problem with many of the posts the mods let through.

    If your question is, as stated, whether or not I only have this issue with YWN, again, the answer is “no.” I have a lot of things: good health, happiness, love from Hashem and many other wonderful things in my life.

    in reply to: Today's grammar lesson #956531
    haifagirl
    Participant

    From a dikduk perspective, “only” is quite correct. The author is stating his/her belief that 290 shekels is a low price for the service offered. It implies the parents are getting a good deal. The author may be totally treff when it comes to facts, but from a grammar perspective he’s glatt kosher.

    I suggest you look up “misplaced modifier.” Two hundred ninety shekels is a good price, and it deserves an “only.” But to say the only thing parents have to do is pay implies there is nothing else they have to do.

    in reply to: Best prank calls #956299
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Is anybody posting here older than 10? I fail to see what’s funny about annoying people.

    in reply to: Tipping Workers #956230
    haifagirl
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    (since this will almost certainly be misunderstood, no I am not serious. it is a ref)

    A ref? Basketball? Hockey? Football?

    I know it can’t be baseball. They have umpires, not referees.

    in reply to: PSATs and SATs #956453
    haifagirl
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    I don’t remember what I got on the PSAT. On the SAT I got 610 in English and 720 in math. I took the old, old test. (They changed the way the scored it sometime in the 1980s or 1990s.

    in reply to: ChiropractorBelieve It or Not #973148
    haifagirl
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    I used to go to the most wonderful chiropractor. He truly worked miracles. But he doesn’t believe in doing the kind of techniques that caused popping and cracking. He believes that bursting the nitrogen bubble is not so healthy. He also told me there aren’t very many practitioners of his technique (I don’t know the name of it) in the U.S.

    I also went to a PT and didn’t find her to be so helpful. (I hope she doesn’t frequent the CR.)

    in reply to: Stupid Allergist #956557
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Why did you go an allergist?

    in reply to: Living in Ramot Eshkol for the summer #955934
    haifagirl
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    Clothing, Israeli summers are EXTREMELY hot. You only need a light sweatshirt for the evenings, you really only need a few white shirts, but beware, dry cleaning can get expensive, so try to bring shirts that don’t need dry cleaning or ironing. Skirts, five black skirts should be fine, and one of a different color, one pleated, one slinky skirt, one a line [sic] skirt, one pencil skirt, one straight skirt, and whatever color one you want (that means six skirts). Shirts for women, make sure to bring shells, they are most important to bring large amounts of because israeli shells are not such great quality. Two black sleeveless, two white cotton three quarter, one white for shabbos, two black three quarter, one black for shabbos. Layering shirts, tanktops take the least amount of space…

    Just for the summer?! That’s more than I own for the entire year.

    the [sic] only thing I would bring is toothpaste, cuz [sic] the Israeli ones are gross.

    No they aren’t. I used Pardontax. It’s great.

    in reply to: ChiropractorBelieve It or Not #973141
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Also, there are different chiropractic techniques. Some are better than others. I would never use a chiropractor who does “popping” or “cracking.”

    in reply to: Makeup on Shabbos #956329
    haifagirl
    Participant

    I feel very fortunate. Hashem made me beautiful just the way I am. I never wear makeup. (And if those of you who know me disagree, you can keep your thoughts to yourself) 🙂

    in reply to: There is NO Shidduch Crisis #955746
    haifagirl
    Participant

    I certainly appreciate all those coming to my aid, but I’m really not that thin-skinned.

    in reply to: There is NO Shidduch Crisis #955731
    haifagirl
    Participant

    I don’t need an apology. Health entitled to his (her?) opinion.

    in reply to: There is NO Shidduch Crisis #955717
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Haifagirl – he’s a graphologist and he was able to glean that info from your posts

    LOL

    in reply to: There is NO Shidduch Crisis #955701
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Those girls that are still single in middle age obviously don’t want to get married. For the last 20 -30 years they haven’t met their “Bashert” – so obviously they don’t want to marry their “Bashert” because he isn’t good enough in their minds. This takes them out of the Parsha – so why don’t the younger girls go out with these guys?

    Thanks for letting me know I’m out of the Parsha. I didn’t realize that.

    in reply to: There is NO Shidduch Crisis #955672
    haifagirl
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    8. Let’s say that in one city 17% percent of a class is single and in another 3% is. When we average the two classes we will get 10%, but we would be better served and we would be helping those singles more, if we looked for a reason specific to that city.

    I don’t know about the rest of the letter, but the math in this paragraph is flawed. Percentages are not averaged this way, as anyone can see if they just try it out.

    Let’s call the city with the 17% singles city A, and the city with 3% singles city B.

    If each city had 100 students in the class, than city A would have 17 singles and city B would have 3 singles. That’s 20 singles of 200 students and yes, the average is 10 singles or 10%. But what are the odds that both cities have the same number of students in the class.

    Let’s say city A has 300 and city B has 50. Now, city A’s 17% is 51 guys, and city B’s 3% is 1.5. That’s a total of 52.5 guys out of 350, which is 14.7%.

    On the other hand, if city A has 50 and city B has 300 it works out to 8.5 guys in city A and 9 guys in city B, for a total of 17.5 guys out out of 350, or 5%.

    If they are going to make a case, they should use accurate arithmetic (yes, it’s not even advanced mathematics).

    in reply to: A non negative sounding alternative/synonym for disagreement? #954331
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Somebody else would probably have shot him.

    1) It’s considered bad form to shoot one’s students.

    2) He’s got good connections that could be helpful to me someday.

    in reply to: A non negative sounding alternative/synonym for disagreement? #954328
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Reminds me of a conversation I had with a student this week.

    Him: You probably disagree with me, but Arafat was a great man.

    Me: You’re right. I disagree with you.

    🙂

    in reply to: Can I ask parents a question? #953466
    haifagirl
    Participant

    Thank you.

    in reply to: Non-Jewish Music #953602
    haifagirl
    Participant

    writersoul, since you liked that story, I’ll tell you another one. I used to teach in a school that had a rule that students were not allowed to listen to non-Jewish music, even at home. One day I heard the principal’s phone ringing. Her ring tone was “Turkish Rondo” by Mozart.

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