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Echo! (Echo!) by ev on 27 September 2008 11:26am
 
The acoustics in this forum are fascinating sometimes..

"In Greek mythology, Echo was an Oread (a mountain nymph) who loved her own voice. Zeus loved consorting with beautiful nymphs and visited them on Earth often. Eventually, Zeus's wife, Hera, became suspicious, and came from Mt. Olympus in an attempt to catch Zeus with the nymphs.

Zeus, the King of the Olympians, was known for his many love affairs. Sometimes the young and beautiful Nymph Echo would distract and amuse his wife Hera with long and entertaining stories, while Zeus took advantage of the moment to ravish the other mountain nymphs. When Hera discovered the trickery she punished the talkative Echo by taking away her voice, except in foolish repetition of another's shouted words. Thus, all Echo could do was repeat the voice of another."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_(mythology)
 
Re: Echo! (Echo!) by canaveralgumby on 27 September 2008 4:32pm
 
Last night, one of David Letterman's "Fun Facts" was, the US Parks Service is developing a technology to bleep out any swear words shouted into the Grand Canyon.
 
Re: Echo! (Echo!) by mrsthing on 27 September 2008 9:30pm
 
BLEEEEEEEEEEEP! LEEEEEEEEEP! EEEEEEP! eeeep!
 
Re: Echo! (Echo!) by kazzzz on 28 September 2008 8:00am
 
Yes well we need swear words, if we didn;t have them we wouldn't appreciate the nice words in life:) Words like snuggly and duckling and egg.
 
Re: Echo! (Echo!) by Spursfan on 28 September 2008 10:24am
 
How weird Cori - are you making it up?

Swear words in one language can be normal words in another. Would the technology allow for that?

For example - if you ask for a peach in Turkey you are in fact calling the stallholder a b***ard (pic (with a cidilla on the c). So you could just madly be shouting 'Peach!!!' into the canyon and you'd be swearing in Turkish!!

Or in English you could be shouting 'bo****k' and actually you'd be meaning 'fish' in Turkish (balik).

See what I mean?!!

Or have I completely lost it.....

;)

 
Re: Echo! (Echo!) by mrsthing on 28 September 2008 9:19pm
 
No--I see what you mean. One language's innocent word is another language's obscenity. The National Park service will probably have monitors at key visitor areas around the rim of the canyon, and if they see a group of non-English speakers hollering into the abyss and then laughing their heads off, they'll record the word and make sure it's bleeped in the future.

NOT!

No, they'd just arrest them on suspicion
of terrorism...
 
Re: Echo! (Echo!) by peripatetically on 29 September 2008 1:46am
 
Now Judy! Let's not be a cynic!!!!!!!!! lol.
 
Re: Echo! (Echo!) by canaveralgumby on 29 September 2008 10:22pm
 
Does Sandra Bullock's name get bleeped in the UK?
 
Re: Echo! (Echo!) by mrsthing on 30 September 2008 12:17am
 
Cynicism, realism--these days, it's hard to tell the difference.
 
Re: Echo! (Echo!) by peripatetically on 30 September 2008 12:18am
 
That's true.
 
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