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genini1
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 Message 1385 of 3735
12 January 2011 at 4:33am | IP Logged 
I've lived on the west and east coasts and I've always heard stiff neck except from my grandmother who used crick.
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Levi
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 Message 1386 of 3735
12 January 2011 at 4:53am | IP Logged 
kottoler.ello wrote:
karaipyhare wrote:

When you wake up with a big pain in the neck (I didn't know it hurt so much!) and the
first thing that pops out your head is "stiff neck", although you don't remember ever
having heard or read or learned that expression (English is not your mother tongue). So
you think your still-in-deep-dream-state mind just made that up. You jump off the bed
and go over the internet (despite the enormous pain it causes to move so abruptly)
because you HAVE TO verify if those words are correct and proper English. And yes they
are! It's not your mind playing tricks on you.


Although saying you have a "stiff neck" is neither wrong nor unintelligible, it's more common and idiomatic to describe it as having a "crick" in one's neck, just fyi :)

I'm more likely to say "stiff neck" myself. Around these parts if you say you have a "crick" in your neck people might think you have a creek in your neck!

Edited by Levi on 12 January 2011 at 4:55am

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 Message 1387 of 3735
12 January 2011 at 10:41am | IP Logged 
And now all of you have proven how nerdy you are by discussing "stiff neck" vs. "cricket" over several pages in a completely unrelated thread. Congratulations!
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 Message 1388 of 3735
12 January 2011 at 6:32pm | IP Logged 
You know you’re a language nerd when...

You have multiple books in various languages next to your bed

and when you look forward to breakfast so that you can read that day's lesson from the various foreign language calendars next to your dinning table.
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 Message 1389 of 3735
13 January 2011 at 3:45am | IP Logged 
RogerK wrote:
You know you’re a language nerd when...

You have multiple books in various languages next to your bed
This is true. I actually have a section on my bookshelf devoted to languages, but it's mostly empty, because I gave up keeping it organized and just set all the important ones, and a couple non-important ones, next to my computer.

To continue the discussion of crick in the neck vs a stiff neck, neither would sound strange to me, but I also wouldn't use either of them. I'd probably just say my neck hurts, or possibly I have a pain in my neck.
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 Message 1390 of 3735
13 January 2011 at 4:20am | IP Logged 
Hmm, I only have 50 language books, not enough. :(
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 Message 1391 of 3735
13 January 2011 at 2:19pm | IP Logged 
When sleep becomes even more disrupted, and you start dreaming you're a contestant on Polyglot Blind Date, with the unenviable task of picking one out of three lovely languages hidden behind the screen.
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 Message 1392 of 3735
13 January 2011 at 4:01pm | IP Logged 
When your girlfriend finishes her exam early while you're walking around the park near uni and your first thoughts are "damn, if she hadn't finished early, I'd have been able to read 20 mins of my grammar book before our going home - or maybe I should have just skipped this walk".


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