Monday, December 3, 2012 5:44:58 AM
@Andrew: Still looking at a world through Andrew-centric goggles huh? Your own dictionary definition shows that it IS intelligible. Just because people don't understand another language doesn`t mean it isn`t being spoken intelligibly.
I don`t speak Korean, this makes the lyrics unintelligible to me. unintelligible, from the dictionary: Impossible to understand: "dolphin sounds are unintelligible to humans".
It`s not impossible to understand, you just lack the vocabulary. Swing and a miss.
Sunday, December 2, 2012 11:33:11 AM
"For basically every single person in the West that isn't a Korean immigrant or a Koreaphile, it effectively has no meaning."
It has meaning whether or not you understand it. You can read an old novel that has a lot of meaning that you miss because you`re only looking at the surface of it. But that doesn`t mean the meaning doesn`t exist just because you can`t see it. Also, nice to know that anyone who is learning another language is a ____phile. I`m sure you go around telling people who have English as a second language that they`re an Englishophile or an Americaphile. Because we can`t possibly want to learn about another language or culture without having some kind of obsession or fetish.
Sunday, December 2, 2012 11:29:37 AM
"unintelligible means you can't understand it. Obviously it has meaning, yes, but only if you happen to understand it."
Unintelligible means "Being such that understanding or comprehension is difficult or impossible; incomprehensible" Something being in a language you don`t understand doesn`t make it unintelligible. You don`t understand it not because it`s unintelligible, but because you aren`t knowledgeable in the language. Unintelligible is a term used when something would normally be intelligible but because of how the person says it, it`s unintelligible. What you`re saying is basically that if I use a bunch of scientific words that you don`t understand, I`m being unintelligible. But that`s not the case, it`s simply that you don`t know the words in the first place. I can`t change how I say the words to make you understand. That doesn`t make it unintelligible.