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Old 18th September 2019, 11:00 AM   #1
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Panda on-loan to Thailand has snuffed it: people in China are angry, apparently

The panda was 19 which is fairly old for a panda but they can live longer in captivity.

Some users of Weibo want China to bring back the other panda on loan there in case the zoo in Thailand isnít looking after the pandas properly, and also to end panda diplomacy.

Please have a heated debate about this.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...e_iOSApp_Other
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Old 18th September 2019, 11:04 AM   #2
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Pandas should be given a simple choice: procreate or die.
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Old 18th September 2019, 11:07 AM   #3
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Pandas are just large mice. If their fur wasn't that pattern and was just plain brown nobody would give a crap about them.
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Old 18th September 2019, 11:08 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by The Great Zaganza View Post
Pandas should be given a simple choice: procreate or die.
Ah, the Baylor Imperative!
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Old 18th September 2019, 11:12 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by The Great Zaganza View Post
Pandas should be given a simple choice: procreate or die.
Why not both? Panda Death Sex would be a great reality show. Or a good name for a band.
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Old 18th September 2019, 11:47 AM   #6
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Ah, the Baylor Imperative!
You think Great Pandas would decide to have more offspring if they are being told about the birthdates of Red Pandas?
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Old 18th September 2019, 12:37 PM   #7
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Snuffed means killed, not died. This is the second thread title with this annoying language error.
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Old 18th September 2019, 01:00 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
Pandas are just large mice. If their fur wasn't that pattern and was just plain brown nobody would give a crap about them.
They are a type of bear.
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Old 18th September 2019, 01:07 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
Snuffed means killed, not died. This is the second thread title with this annoying language error.
AFAIK, in the British patois "snuffed it" is a casual, gallows humor type way to say "has died." Monty Python's dead parrot sketch was the first time I recall hearing this usage and I'm sure I've heard it since.
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Old 18th September 2019, 01:14 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger View Post
Snuffed means killed, not died. This is the second thread title with this annoying language error.

Oh good, something to argue about!

"Snuffed" (transitive) means killed, but "snuffed it" means died. The latter verb phrase is intransitive. And British.
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Old 18th September 2019, 01:17 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Babbylonian View Post
AFAIK, in the British patois "snuffed it" is a casual, gallows humor type way to say "has died." Monty Python's dead parrot sketch was the first time I recall hearing this usage and I'm sure I've heard it since.

It's also used in the Book of Armaments, chapter two, verse twenty-one.
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Old 18th September 2019, 01:23 PM   #12
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I have always known "snuffed it" as just died.

Think the confusion is the term comes from candle snuffers.

Which is what people used to use to extinguish candles. (kind of a stick with a wee cuppy thing on the end)

Snuffing out a candle is obviously killing the flame.
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Old 18th September 2019, 01:25 PM   #13
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Old 18th September 2019, 01:43 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by cullennz View Post
They are a type of bear.
No, they aren't. Pandas are giant mice. If you knew anything about the pre-Islamic Arabian trinity of Nuha, Ruda, and Atarsamain you'd know that. Duh. Whatever do they teach in Australian schools?
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Old 18th September 2019, 01:45 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by cullennz View Post
I have always known "snuffed it" as just died.

Think the confusion is the term comes from candle snuffers.
I think the confusion comes from "snuff films", which is the most common occurence of the word in this context in the American dialect of English.
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Whatever do they teach in Australian schools?
12 years of memorization of all the nasty creatures that want to kill you there, and how to avoid them.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
No, they aren't. Pandas are giant mice. If you knew anything about the pre-Islamic Arabian trinity of Nuha, Ruda, and Atarsamain you'd know that. Duh. Whatever do they teach in Australian schools?
He probably doesn't know. He lives in NZ.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
No, they aren't. Pandas are giant mice. If you knew anything about the pre-Islamic Arabian trinity of Nuha, Ruda, and Atarsamain you'd know that. Duh. Whatever do they teach in Australian schools?
You need more We Bare Bears in your life.

Then you'll know that Panda is just annoying. But really, you'll be so distracted by Ice Bear's awesomeness that you'll stop thinking about Panda.
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He probably doesn't know. He lives in NZ.
I was setting up a "same difference" joke when he complains.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
No, they aren't. Pandas are giant mice. If you knew anything about the pre-Islamic Arabian trinity of Nuha, Ruda, and Atarsamain you'd know that. Duh. Whatever do they teach in Australian schools?
Think you are thinking of red panda, which isn't a bear, as such, where as the giant panda is a bear
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Can't Thailand just tell China that no Pandas died?
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I've never heard or seen "snuffed" in anything other than the passive voice, i.e. "he/she has snuffed it" but it's a bit archaic.

I suppose a hitman might say "I snuffed him/her out" but it just sounds weird to me.
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12 years of memorization of all the nasty creatures that want to kill you there, and how to avoid them.
Probably a good choice for what to teach.
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Old 18th September 2019, 05:06 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by cullennz View Post
Think you are thinking of red panda, which isn't a bear, as such, where as the giant panda is a bear
No, red pandas are technically seals. Their ancestors unmigrated from the oceans. They're super cute and deserve all the love and attention currently lavished on the Giant Crapmice. All love to Pabu!
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
No, they aren't. Pandas are giant mice. If you knew anything about the pre-Islamic Arabian trinity of Nuha, Ruda, and Atarsamain you'd know that. Duh. Whatever do they teach in Australian schools?
Actually it's a little known fact that all large mammals are just giant mice. Whales are giant mice that can swim well.
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To hell with Pandas. They aren't bears anyways they're stuffed animal toys.
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The king shot the panda, but nobody is allowed to talk about it.
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Thailand's running 0 for 3 this year on the endangered species list. First we had the local billionaire who was "busted" (held but not prosecuted until a huge uproar during the elections forced the governments' hands) for bribing his way into a national park and setting up a hunting blind to hunt a local panther/leopard on the list. Then, last week, the return story came from that tiger temple they busted last year. Of 150+ tigers "rescued", half are now dead. The government wouldn't accept help fom tiger conservation experts and they picked up various diseases, including a strain of canine leukemia that big cats can catch.

Now this. It'll be harder to sweep this one under the rug. The Chinese still own all the pandas they're distributed around the world, plus any offspring. There's already a Chinese delegation on the way. A few panda vets(the medical kind) plus vets (veterans) of the political sort who are masters at Panda Diplomacy. It'll be done quietly but look for Thailand to open a veterinarian research center for Sino-Thai medicine or something similar. China will extract their pound of flesh and a few hundred kilometers of right-of-way to the new port in Myanmar that China is very interested in.
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Originally Posted by Roboramma View Post
Actually it's a little known fact that all large mammals are just giant mice. Whales are giant mice that can swim well.
Everyone is going to know this fact as everyone on here is fairly brainy, but bringing up whales.

Polar Bears are actually classed as marine mammals like whales, and dolphins, as they spend so much more time in the sea than out of it.
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Oh and the "tyrannosaurus rex" were just the mice's great great X 10000 grandfathers who were big and laid eggs
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Oh and the "tyrannosaurus rex" were just the mice's great great X 10000 grandfathers who were big and laid eggs
Don't be silly. The Tyranosaurus Rexii (not es) were rats.
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Everyone is going to know this fact as everyone on here is fairly brainy, but bringing up whales.

Polar Bears are actually classed as marine mammals like whales, and dolphins, as they spend so much more time in the sea than out of it.
I actually wasn't aware of that, but it makes sense.

Polar bears are a good example of what an intermediate form between a terrestrial mammal and something like a seal that lives most of it's life in the sea but still returns to land to have young would have looked like, which is a nice example of the sort of intermediate form you'd have before getting something fully aquatic like a dolphin that never returns to the land.
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The king shot the panda, but nobody is allowed to talk about it.
Good one!
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The Chinese delegation needs to make sure the panda didn't die of a contagious disease. The last thing they want is a pandaemic. That could cause pandamonium.
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The Chinese delegation needs to make sure the panda didn't die of a contagious disease. The last thing they want is a pandaemic. That could cause pandamonium.
The panic of a panda pandemic would expand to other lands!
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...The Chinese still own all the pandas they're distributed around the world, plus any offspring. There's already a Chinese delegation on the way...
Taking the Panda Express no doubt.
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Snuffed means killed, not died. This is the second thread title with this annoying language error.
Not necessarily. "He snuffed it" simply means he died.
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Not necessarily. "He snuffed it" simply means he died.
No, it means 'he' killed 'it'.

British Monty Python slang doesn't count.
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Not necessarily. "He snuffed it" simply means he died.
Did you lose an avatar bet?
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No, it means 'he' killed 'it'.

British Monty Python slang doesn't count.
From now on I will endeavor to refer to the Queen's English as Monty Python Slang. Thank you.
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