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98 Responses to Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism

  1. Anonymous says:

    It is so very Horror and dangerous Animal .

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is so Horror and dangerous animal .

  3. Anonymous says:

    It is so very dangerous Animal .

  4. Anonymous says:

    hey .. more and more videos from her maj!

    is there any way to get an alert emailed when a new page gets posted here?

    • If by a new page you mean a new blog, I don’t think there is any way to do that at present, or at least M hasn’t set it up. DISQUS can do notifications of new posts to a specified blog, but you have to specify the blog before it will work. I am going to suggest to DISQUS that users can elect to be notified of the first comment to any blog from a given URL. That should be close enough to what you are looking for. (I don’t think DISQUS knows about a new blog until there is a comment made.) 

  5. Neuroway says:

    “La vie, c’est comme les vagues, c’est comme l’écume, tout se disloque, tout s’en va, tout se perd.”
        – Madeleine Cinquin (1908-2008)

  6. Neuroway says:

    “Beauty is bullshit, but it can be as sexy as hell. Intelligence is sexy, but it can bullshit the hell out of you.”
          – Baron Hellmutt von Crackerjackenfest VII (???? – ????)

  7. Neuroway says:

    “If intelligence is sexy, then beauty is bullshit.”   
    – Baron Hellmutt von Crackerjackenfest VII (???? – ????)

    • Neuroway says:

      “If we turn from contemplating the world as a whole, and, in particular, the generations of men as they live their little hour of mock-existence and then are swept away in rapid succession; if we turn from this, and look at life in its small details, as presented, say, in a comedy, how ridiculous it all seems! It is like a drop of water seen through a microscope, a single drop teeming with infusoria; or a speck of cheese full of mites invisible to the naked eye. How we laugh as they bustle about so eagerly, and struggle with one another in so tiny a space! And whether here, or in the little span of human life, this terrible activity produces a comic effect.”
          – Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

      • Neuroway says:

        “Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.”    - Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (1889-1963)

        • Neuroway says:

          “Intelligence may perhaps become everlasting sexiness, but beauty is fleeting bullshit forever, and that’s for sure.”
               - Lady Time (46,500,000,000 BC – ????)

  8. Neuroway says:

    “Passion and strife bow down the mind.”
        - Publius Vergilius Maro (70BC – 19AD)

    • Neuroway says:

      “At its very best, the Moon is a card genius, of mental breakthroughs, astonishing creativity, powerful magic, and intuition. At its darkest, well, this can be a very scary card.”
             - Anonymous Tarot Wisdom

  9. Anonymous says:

    Marina! Glad to see you’re back!  (I like your front, too.) :-D

  10. Neuroway says:

    “Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.”
          – Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

  11. l-p-r says:

    Marina is too hip…  :-)

    Ket is spoken in Siberia, a remote part of Russia north of Mongolia.
    Read more at http://hotword.dictionary.com/ketlanguage/#MC1vadUwpfLqXTjC.99   …. There are only 1200 Ket left, and their language is dying out, perhaps to be
    gone within a generation.     http://sonofherodotus.wordpress.com/category/native-americans/

  12. Anonymous says:

    hint, hint, hint!

  13. Neuroway says:

    “Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”
        - Αἴσωπος (620-564BC)

  14. Anonymous says:

    i can’t even pronounce hippopotamus correctly.  
    homework: 太郎 (tarou) its a very common name for a japanese guy and a dog.  sounds cool!

    • Anonymous says:


      ヒポポトムス !

      • Anonymous says:

        thank you. i had worked at a sewing company for more than 10 years and officially quit it last month. i m a florist now. i m happy to be surrounded by many different kinds of flowers every day. mother’s day is just around the corner. so i m gonna be busier. but its fine. 

        as for the lesson, the animal is called かば in japanese. its pretty easy. what are the 1st and 2nd biggest animal, then? whales and giraffe?

        please tell your daughter i said “こんにちわ。日本語の勉強 頑張って!”
        頑張って!is a very useful word when wishing someone luck or encourage someone to do something. that can’t be translated into english directly.

        • Anonymous says:

           Whale is the biggest, giraffe the tallest, but by weight, the first two biggest LAND mammals are elephant and rhinoceros.

          Flowers!  Skagit tulips and daffodils — with Bekku-yama (Mount Baker) on the skyline.

        • Anonymous says:


          My daughter replied as follows:

          I see. Tell him I said:


          I apologize for any errors. :P I’m only a second year student.

          (“Ikanisu Shikari” is her internet name. I don’t know if it means anything in Japanese.)

          • Anonymous says:

            ohhhhhhh thank you for your cute reply, Ikanisu Shikari! your japanese is very good. No mistakes! i totally understand it and i know you have studied the language hard. and you don’t have to apologize even if your japanese is wrong. because apologizing is a role of japanese people. not of American!! haha. if you have any questions about the japanese language, please ask me through your father since i must try to avoid “parental advisory” as a reserved japanese guy. 

            わたしは、はなや(a flower shop) で はたらいて います。はな は すき ですか?
            いま、にほん は よる の 11じ です。もう ね ます。 おやすみなさい。

            both of you are interested in another language. good family! Evanさん。

            • Anonymous says:

              I did send your reply to my daughter but have not heard from her.  She is what we call “flighty,” always going from one interest to the next.  (Three days ago, she and two friends did a prank in a local restaurant by ordering in Japanese and video-recording the waitress’s reaction.)  I am sure she liked your comment, though.
              Best wishes

  15. Anonymous says:

    Dog name: Eirlys (AIR-liss) — Welsh for “snowflake.”

  16. Anonymous says:

    Word request: [fanny] 
    British question: Why do Murricans say “fanny” when they mean “bum”?

    • It’s indecent to you because fanny means something different to you. If it meant shoe polish, you probably wouldn’t have any problems with it. True, the American use is different from everywhere else, which can lead to difficulties.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Word request: [Tillicum]
    Back when I was doing business as Tillicum Books, somebody from the Midwest wrote and asked if I published pornography.  I decided to change my company name.

  18. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear Marina, I’m thrilled and happy to see another video from you.  Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well.  If it’s something that can be cured by me hugging you, of course, I’d like to hug you.  For another word request, how about [Bear Hug].  I wonder how this is different from an ordinary hug?  I hope the new puppy gives both you and Gorby much new happiness.  You could name him “Gorby Dva.”  Or just “Dva”, for short.  Happiness and hugs, SeesixCM6

  19. Neuroway says:

    “Time is short. Use it wisely.”
         - Lady Time (46,500,000,000 BC – ????)

  20. l-p-r says:

    I hope the words:   GET WELL helps you!  …name your new puppy:  MACK.

  21. Neuroway says:

    “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”     
    - Salvador Domènec Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis de Púbol (1904-1989)

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