November 22nd, 2005



Some Chinese kid trying to “prove” that he can understand Japanese better than I can 'cause he's Chinese:

(name withheld): koreans don't use chinese letters on a daily basis
(name withheld): but WE CHINESE PEOPLE DO
Me: Koreans and Japaneses do share same words spelled in Chinese letters, IN EXACTLY THE SAME MEANING (Koreans just transliterate them in Hangeul, in case you didn't know)
Me: The Korean language also shares an almost identical grammar with Japanese, whereas it'd be news to the rest of the world if the Chinese grammar happened to be closer to Japanese than Korean is.
Me: Korean also happens to have an honorific system, on both linguistic and social/cultural levels, which closely resembles the Japanese one
Me: So there.

You see, those few Chinese people who act as if they were masters of all Eastern Asian cultures simply because China “owns” Chinese letters….  They never cease to amuse me.


You'd Think eBay Scammers Are Smarter Than Average, Eh?

Examine the following response to my “Hello, can we use escrow to finalize the transaction?” question:

My item is new,with all original accessories and warranty papers included.If you are intersted to buy mail me for more informations.I prefer payment by wire transfer.I can handle shipping very easy and safe.I am located in Liverpool,United Kingdom.I wait your full name and address also
If you want to speak with me call me any time 0044704011xxxx

I was inches away from sending a reply that says: “You have officially failed at TEH INTERNET.”  orz