Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 14:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This could potentially be quite big for Ubuntu and Linux in general. Canonical and the Chinese government have announced a collaboration to build a version of Ubuntu specifically for the Chinese market, which will become the reference architecture for standard operating systems in the country.
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RE[5]: hoping Taiwan will benefit
by Savior on Sun 24th Mar 2013 12:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: hoping Taiwan will benefit"
Savior
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For example, in English, "Black sheep" carries more information that its literals.


That's true; however, I think we should probably draw a line between "regular" non-compositional compounds and idioms. Linguistically speaking, this line may be non-existant, and in any case very blurry; but I believe anyone, who speaks a foreign language, feels the difference between these types of words when learning them. When you learn that hand+paper means letter, you go "OK, it's not fully compositional (but what is, really)"; but when you are told that spear+shield means contradiction, you know there's something more going on -- and you won't even understand it until someone explains you the story behind this word.

Same with "black sheep": you have to think metaphorically to arrive at the meaning -- something you don't need to do with words like "airship" or "rabbit hole".

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