May 12th, 2008

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I'm writing a piece for a class which requires us to set the story somewhere outside of our own country, and I'm using Washington, USA. Can anyone tell me of a smallish city or town near the state border, as close to Seattle as possible? I've googled 'small cities in Washington,' 'small cities near Seattle,' and various combinations and synonyms for both, but haven't been able to turn up anything specific.

Edit: See, this is why I need this community. xD; Sorry for not being specific; I'm an Aussie, in my mind all major cities are on state borders. To be more specific, I'm looking for a town with probably at least 100,000 people, between the Canadian border and Seattle. The suggestions so far have been very helpful. ^^

obscure clothing and scientific terminology from the late 1800s in england

I am just wondering if anyone knows of any little known terminology for clothing of the late 1800s as well as medical,scientific,anatomical instrument terminology for a novel i am writing dealing with magick,esoteric knowledge and a style taken from the late 1800s in London..
Any interesting little known tidbits are greatly appreciated

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Your Mom (Or, fictional languages and alternatives to using the possessive)

I'm really not sure what to Google on this one (or, indeed, whether it can be answered at all) but my search terms included: "languages without possessives," "fictional languages," and "fictional languages grammar."

Setting: Far future, post-space colonization.

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So my question: Are there any sort of real-life languages that lack the genitive/possessive case? If so, how do they describe human relationships? And how could you write that sort of grammatical quirk into English without getting excessively wordy?

EDIT: Thanks so much, everyone! You're ridiculously helpful.

* Possibly a bad example, as at least half of them don't know who their biological parents are.
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Writing a combat training scene: Escrima versus Bo Staff

Time: Modern Day (though it doesn't really apply here)
Googled: Escrima versus Bo Staff; Bo Staff versus Escrima

Basically, I'm writing a training scene in a Batman fanfic. I've got one seasoned fighter aged 20 using escrima, while drilling a 13-year-old neophyte armed with a bo staff. My googling led me to this youtube: which shows me how one can use the escrima to defend against an attack from a bo staff. 

I'm having less luck showing how one might use escrima on the offensive against a bo staff (or any other long weapon).

If the stats of the characters are a significant factor, the one holding the escrima is 5'10", 175 lbs, athletic but wiry and a champion acrobat and gymnast. 

The one with the staff is 5'4" and about 140 lbs, in excellent physical condition but not (yet!) olympic calibre. 

Any tips, pointers or links to youtubes that my google fu missed would be appreciated!