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  •  i'm sure lots has been written (0+ / 0-)

    on this subject that is more interesting than either of us might have to say about it.

    I most certainly said nothing remotely close to "other countries don't use pinyin". Re-read the comment.

    My point is that thousands of textbooks use the Taoism spelling, and changing the spelling of that word, and others like it, isn't the best best idea, IMO.

    Dick Cheney rhymes with "sick meanie." Pass it on.

    by LaughingPlanet on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 08:03:41 AM PDT

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    •  This is bizarre, but enough said (0+ / 0-)

      It's odd to use what is widely recognized as correct romanization of Chinese and be corrected by someone who is obviously poorly informed about the language. While this began as a small comment, I'm frankly surprised at your tone and your continuance with this absurd discussion. I am aware that, perhaps, you didn't realize what you were doing when you corrected me, or how it would appear to others, but you actually corrected my usage, and you did write this:

      I said usually. I'm well-versed in pinyin, but at times like this, people might find they are better understood to use the spelling most countries recognize.

      I've been gently trying to tell you that you're really out of line to correct people for using pinyin, and you obviously aren't very experienced or have much exposure to these issues, and yet you're standing by your embarrassing error with a rather haughty tone, as if you presume, after all, to be justified in your correction.

      But carry on, this is DKos after all.

      •  Agreed; (0+ / 0-)

        tones have been less than cordial.

        You used a word that is often misspelled & mispronounced. You alternately capitalize and lower case it. My initial brief reply was intended to help, and was done so without a hint of "haut".

        You have written longer & longer and more aggressive replies since. "Obviously poorly informed"? LOL. Compared to a Mandarin scholar? I guess 8 months living & teaching in China didn't help as much as I thought!

        I'll avoid trying to help you in the future.

        Dick Cheney rhymes with "sick meanie." Pass it on.

        by LaughingPlanet on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 09:25:56 AM PDT

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        •  What hubris. (0+ / 0-)

          I have a doctoral in Chinese medicine, and have decades of exposure to the Chinese, Daoism, Chinese medicine, have studied Chinese, and often have to deal with translations. Believe me, I have no need of your help, especially when it's not correct. Yes, do avoid "helping" in the future.

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