Babble Thread?

Pour un babbler. Or is it une babbler? Wouldn’t it have been nice to have learned a foreign language reliably at some point in my life?

19 responses to “Babble Thread?”

  1. peri_renna says:

    Une is the feminine, isn’t it? Is babble masculine or feminine?

    Wait, never mind – that sounds like an invitation to a gender stereotyping disaster.

  2. kirabug says:

    *giggle* Even I’m willing to concede that babble is probably feminine.

  3. peri_renna says:

    You’ve never met me, have you? :eyebrow:

  4. kirabug says:

    True. And I have met Jamie and he babbles all the time ;)

  5. jamie says:

    hey… i don’t babble all of the time. just some of the time. well, maybe all of the time.

  6. kirabug says:

    Gah! I have FIVE meetings today! I hate that!

  7. jamie says:

    back to the original topic, when does a verb have a gender?

  8. kirabug says:

    “Babbler” is a noun, last I checked.

    Though now I see where you’re coming from — I said “babble” is feminine. “Babble” is also a noun, you know… the verb form “to babble” would be gender-neutral until it had a subject.

    “The babbler babbled nothing but babble.”

    For clarity’s sake, I should’ve said “babbler” is feminine, though I stand by my original statement as also accurate.

  9. jzimbert says:

    Hypothetically, a verb could be gender-specific if it referred to an action that only one gender could perform. Like… menstruate. I would’ve also suggested inseminate, but the invention of the turkey baster neutralized it. How about… teabag?

  10. jamie says:

    ah, i see. i was just going with the whole french thing of words ending in -er being infinitite verbs, thus I thought you said “for one to babble” not “for the babbler”

    mea culpa :)

  11. jamie says:

    true. i guess teabag would have to be a masculine verb.

  12. basschica says:

    hmmm. off topic. i’m designing a mosaic for the school. ya know. where the bushes that said BEARS used to be until…well. someone decided to make them say penis the day of homecoming…and so they completely took them out…
    but. i have no idea what i want to include in it….and of you boyertown alumni have any suggestions????

  13. kirabug says:

    Wait, a mosaic’s a painting on a wall, consisting of multiple related images, right? Want to make sure I’m not confused. Painting the ground, are you?

  14. basschica says:

    no. what you describe is a mural.
    a mosaic is when you take a bunch of broken tiles and stuff. and make them look like a cool picture

  15. kirabug says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Do a GIANT DUCK! Yeah!

    or maybe a bear, since that’s the school’s mascot.

    Or a bear shaped like a penis! It’d be historical! Oh wait, the school’d probably block that one.

    Paw prints would work, as would a massive football, or a bunch of sports equipment, or ummmmm just the word bears?

  16. basschica says:

    Yeah i think i’m gonna do the word bears and then surround it with a football bear and maybe a music bear and stuff….

  17. peri_renna says:

    What would a bear play? String bass? Saxophone?

  18. kirabug says:

    I’d put good money on the idea that if basschica’s designing it, the bear will play the string bass. Something about smuggling your interests into your art.

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