• NULLPTR (unregistered)

    throw new InvalidCommentException(0x00);

  • my name is missing (unregistered)

    N/A coffee is better than Starbucks.

  • bvs23bkv33 (unregistered)

    comment #06/09/2019 was written on 3

  • Ulysses (unregistered)

    That's funny: unescaped markup erasure in a question about type erasure.

  • doubting_poster (unregistered)

    How is the first one a WTF? Being thorough? Using a pre-existing language library instead of rolling your own?

    Seems to me that should go to TheDailyGoodPractice.com

  • Brian Boorman (google) in reply to doubting_poster

    +1

    Some places have requirements that schools provide extra services to non-native English speaking students. People move to new places. Providing a complete list is the correct thing to do.

  • Brian (unregistered)

    Hmm... SERP = SOAP + DERP?

  • Álvaro González (github)

    Wikipedia claims that classical syriac Dramatically declined as a vernacular language after the 14th century". How thorough do you need to be?

  • Daniel (unregistered) in reply to Álvaro González

    Trying to be exhaustive is not a WTF, but I think a better UI design would be to offer a drop-down/radio button with a few of the most common options (given the locale of the school) and an "Other" option with a text-entry to handle the few exceptional cases.

  • Feeling lucky (unregistered) in reply to doubting_poster

    First is a WTF because it's missing languages like C, C++ or D etc.

    FYI: As kid I already spoke C far better than my mother tongue, even long before I started to master (sort of) other languages like English. Not kidding.

  • GT (unregistered)

    I know that some schools in South India (where I did my high school) allow the option of learning Syriac as a second language. Search "Kerala plus two Syriac" and you'll see. However, I do not know anyone who spoke that as a first (or even Nth) language outside of that class.

  • Little Bobby Tables (unregistered)

    Looking for the obligatory quips about Klingon and Sindarin. Nope.

  • I dunno LOL ¯\(°_o)/¯ (unregistered)

    I'll bet that list is missing Ebonics.

  • Kleyguerth (github) in reply to Álvaro González

    Would you want to go through that list and do a little research about every language you don't know (most likely 90%+ of the list) just to avoid listing defunct languages? They got a full list, compiled by someone who knows more about languages than they do. Not a WTF in my book.

  • Just Me (unregistered) in reply to Álvaro González

    They just grabbed a list of languages (or locales?) from a library instead of compiling their own. Let the library handle any new languages. I don't know of a library that provides dates each language was in use.

  • (nodebb)

    Delaware is a language?

  • LCrawford (unregistered) in reply to Craig_Wagner

    Delaware is a language?

    I learn something every day, even on DailyWTF. It turns out that Delaware IS a language http://www.native-languages.org/lenape.htm

  • (>'-')> (unregistered)

    TRWTF is using Bing

  • markm (unregistered) in reply to I dunno LOL ¯\(°_o)/¯

    It might be missing Ebonic, but Ebonic is not a language or a particular dialect, but a different dialect in every city. Hiring an "Ebonic" speaker from NYC to teach a black kid from Detroit is nearly as pointless as hiring a Spanish speaker for a Portuguese kid.

  • Scott Christian Simmons (google) in reply to doubting_poster

    Well, just for starters, 'Cushitic' is a language family, not a language. Doesn't everyone know that?

  • (nodebb) in reply to Scott Christian Simmons

    And all creoles and pidgins (except English-based ones except Tok Pisin and French-based ones except Haitian) are lumped together.

    The implication being that Tok Pisin and Haitian, for example, are to be considered the same language.

  • Chris (unregistered) in reply to Watson

    This list appears to be a subset of ISO 639-2 (international standardized codes for language names), in which case Haitian and Tok Pisin each have their own separate codes, leaving the generic "Creoles and pidgins" for those that are not based on English, French, or Portuguese.

  • anonymous (unregistered)

    The one with all the "List" choices is probably trying to show "List<SomeTypeNameHere>" but failing to convert the triangle brackets to HTML entities. Checking the HTML source would confirm this. There could also be an XSS/injection vulnerability in there somewhere.

  • Raj (unregistered) in reply to markm

    That's incorrect. AAVE (the proper name of Ebonics) is a legitimate dialect recognized in many school systems in the USA. There are regional accents, same as other languages and dialects, but a person born and raised in NYC could perfectly teach a person born and raised in Detroit, whether they speak plain English or AAVE.

  • Decius (unregistered)

    I bet they don't have the language spoken on North Sentinel Island on that list.

  • jo (unregistered)

    SERP = search engine results page

  • löchlein deluxe (unregistered)

    Not shown in picture: the "Batmaaaaaaan!" reward at 800 starpointberrycoins.

  • Bobcat (unregistered)

    When I was a wee bean, my folks taught me Russian. Can't remember any of it. But then along comes my high school. In order to avoid the delicate issue of ethnicity, while still getting valuable ESL data, they phrased the question as "What language did your child first learn to speak." My father dutifully put down 'Russian'. So that was how I had to spend a total of five hours over three days, taking various tests to prove I could speak and understand English.

  • Exceptional (unregistered)

    There is a village in India where they speak Sanskrit in day-to-day life.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattur

  • None (unregistered) in reply to Exceptional

    Almost all Indian languages (Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Telugu etc) are derived from Sanskrit, except may be Tamil and Urdu. Moreover, Hindi script and grammar is the same as Sanskrit. So it still lives on, albeit in an easier form.

  • Exceptional (unregistered) in reply to None

    Hahaha, thanks! My mother tongue is Marathi, and despite "studying" Sanskrit in highschool for three years, my understanding of Sanskrit is practically zero. "Lives on?", yes, but in a very abstract sense. In the same sense, perhaps, that Latin lives on in European languages (I may be totally wrong here).

  • None (unregistered) in reply to Exceptional

    Hahaha, you must be an Exceptional Marathi then!

  • FristName LastName (unregistered) in reply to Little Bobby Tables

    So you've got something against Quenya speakers?

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