And I thought the biggest world building mistake by Isaac Asimov was the strange notion that although the galaxy is militantly hostile to any form of life other than humanity, with livable planets freely available. I gather he followed John W. Campbell's lead on that, which suggests a foundation in some of Campbell's…

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Native Chinese (Mandarin) speakers say "that" when they're searching for a word, much in the way that Americans say "well" or "ummm". "That" is na ge (那个) properly pronounced "nah guh". However, various accents and lazy pronunciation make the first syllable sound like "nih". If you don't know what's going on… » 1/02/15 5:13pm 1/02/15 5:13pm