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You've just peeled another layer off the English language onion I didn't know existed.
Guess I’m an ogre
Cake! Everybody loves cakes! Cakes have layers!
Shut up donkey
Get outta mah swahmp!
insert all star
You don’t hear nobody say they don’t like no parfaits
Can someone ELI5 to a non english speaker? I dont get it lol...
Sure, count the syllables for each line.
3, On Your Mark
2, Get Set
Just like "3, 2, 1!".
So acidentally the number of syllables and the number of words are the same in this example? Syllables and words are not the same?
No they're not.
A word is a sequence of letters before a space. A syllable is a singular sound sequence where there's a vowel in the middle and potentially consonants on either side.
The man - is two words, one syllable each The woman - is two words, woman has two syllables.
Strengths - is the most complicated single syllable word in English, one vowel and arguably 4 consonants on either side of it.
a - unstressed, is the shortest and simplest syllable in english
What do you mean by "arguably 4 consonants on either side"?
Maybe they meant it from the point of view of phonetics (so they mean "consonant sounds", more than written consonants per se): "ng" represent a single sound, and "th" represent another single sound, with "s" they should be 3 consonant sounds in total
(Someone please correct me if I'm wrong)
In IPA it'd be "strɛŋθs" so that seems to make sense.
The phrase has always felt like it flows really well. Maybe this is why
Now I'll always think about it
I always think of the mark summers introduction on Double dare. He always started the show with an “on your marks, get set, go!
After “get set” It’s just perfect. It’s like I got one more thing to listen for then I’m hauling ass. Really gets you focused.
The pause after "get set" has always stressed me out. In high school I ran track and cross country. Every person says the phrase with a different amount of space between get set and go. It feels like it lasts forever sometimes
It's that anticipation of knowing you are about to give all your body has to give only to come in somewhere in the middle. Lol
The friendships were the only reason I did it.
That was my experience in high school track at least.
Same, i don’t care how many years I did track, or how fast I was or how well did, I hate the nerves it causes. It’s just something I never got used to. And obviously it’s not “painful” per se, but it’s just, even after 7 years, I NEVER adapted to the nerves right before the “go!” or the gunfire, just the stretching and getting ready and waiting for a race to start kills me, I would never put myself through that if it weren’t for friends, and I was never an all star athlete anyways, so once my friends quit, so did I
Ha. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my mom later said how crazy nervous I’d be pacing around right be for a race. I had no clue til seeing videos.
Yeah, the worst was when I went to a meet and my event was at 12, but I’d have been there by 8 and just waiting for hours, getting more and more nervous, and it sucked. However, these events went till like 4, so as soon as I finished, the nerves were gonna and I could hang out with my friends for a few hours and not have to go back to school
I’m responding to you again because of the nerves issue. I haven’t thought of this in a long time so sorry if it’s a ramble. I ran sprint relays and would get keyed up, like I said. On one big race, it was different. I wasn’t lead so I didn’t have to deal with the gun. I was 3rd in a 4x200m relay, I waited in agony for my guy to run down my lane, as half the competition whooshed by me. I start my leg, felt the baton smack my hand, and time just took a pause. I had never been more focused and/or relaxed at the same time. I started reeling in each other racer, but I didn’t feel like I was even doing anything, I was just floating along. I remember I actually looked over and smiled as I passed a guy. It didn’t feel like me. I finally got caught up even with the last guy, and we passed our batons off to or respective teammates. As I placed it in his hand, time sped back up to normal. I already knew we’d win since our 4th guy was the fastest in our conference. We ended up getting a school record.
High school glory days, whatever. The amazing part was that I’d go on to certainly run faster split times, but nothing after felt anything near like that crazy experience. I think that helps with the pre-race nerves. Sorry so long, just was fun to revisit that.
Every person says the phrase with a different amount of space between get set and go.
Isn't that on purpose?
You actually have to react, not start on a rhythm. Which is why at high level events, even starting within 100 msec after the start signal is a false start. (As you couldn't have done so in reaction to the signal, due to limits to our reaction time.)
In formula 1, a driver once started within 150-200ms of the lights turning green. He was investigated for jumping the gun. He was finally not penalized because in actuality he had started moving 100 ms before the light turned green, but he only crossed the threshold start line 200 ms after the green light. In effect, he gambled that the light would be green by the time he reached the threshold line and it paid off.
That’s a crazy cool fact.
Thanks a ton. F1 is so cool
Damn, i had some friends that always woke up early to watch F1, would join their xbox live party and hear them commenting so deep on the tactics.
I knew it had some deep level strategy beyond "just drive" but never reckoned it got so deep as gambling on the change of lights being within a threshold to drive from the lights.
Like that takes some preparation, as usually in my field it's expected that the standard human response that we can notice is 300ms.
That means they likely are better at shorter time prep or had begun to act exactly when needed.
Min/Maxing has been studied in game theory for decades.
It’s so fucking cool!
That's on purpose. Otherwise you could predict when the gun was about to go off making it easier to get away with a false start. It's supposed to be purely reaction time based.
Which is why you listen to him shoot the gun all meet before the race so you learn his cadence :)
But then that one dude in lane 1 just keeps moving and holds you for a tick longer and you false start :(
I’ve always just heard “set” followed by the gun.
Ran track and cross country too. I get this lol. But what stressed me the most was always that last leg, right when you see the finish coming up and everyone watching is at it yelling and screaming and you're in your like "crap gotta push even harder!" Even if the person behind you was far enough away, just the stress too finish hard always got me.
Imagine the stress of never getting a "go".
Try deep breath before and during get set, makes time get on your time
Then they say goooopher and you get called out for a false start.
My cousin did this.
This happens all the time at official events
Well imagine if it was “Ready, get set, start running!”
Especially that last one has to be a single syllable to have that bang effect that conclusively tells the runner they can begin.
Imagine if a traffic light faded from red to green instead of immediately changing.
When I was in track it meant get in your blocks (on your mark), get in your stance (get set), run mother fucker (go)
I always ran distance so on your Mark just meant walk up to the line. It always looked funny because when they said "get set" we would all get into our starting positiins which weren't very different from standing upright. It just looks like everyone suddenly got a sore back or something
And when you get older and run road races on the weekends, "on your mark" means "put your finger on the garmin watch start button".
Haha, I'm running a 10k with my brother in a couple weeks. I'll make sure not to forget my watch
Also a former distance runner, this is perfectly described lol I was actually more of a middle distance and would go down to the 400 sometimes and that always felt weird as the one guy not using blocks, although a few times I did just for fun, my form must have been horrid
Aren't you supposed to bend over and have your fingers touch the ground?
EDIT: didn't read running distance
Queen knew what was up
"On your mark" was to give the racers a heads up to make sure they were set. It changed to the beeps or starter pistol. Getting into the racers preferred starting position is important for getting a good jump but it is usually not something they want go hold for more than a few seconds, because their body is tense.
Whenever I hear "on you mark" it reminds me of when taking a standardized test and the proctor gives the go to getting ready to break the seal or in wrestling when the ref prompts the wrestlers to take their position.
All Canadian hockey team cities are three syllables.. let that marinate.
ah ah ah,
I've always been partial to "ready, steady, go."
Yes! That's what I was going to say. I'd never even heard that phrase until I became friends with someone from Wales, and now I prefer it.
Yes! So much better than "Ready, steady, go." (I'm assuming this a phrase across the pond since I only hear it on Peppa Pig.)
As a child I thought everyone was saying “On your marks, cassette, go”. So I said that before every race.
ETA - I genuinely did not think this comment would even be noticed or be interesting. All those years of my dumb child self confidently shouting “cassette!” in my grandma’s street while lined up for a race that ends at the garages, was actually earning all this karma.
Omg it's been so long since I've come across a new sub.....thank you for this.
Edit: thanks for all the suggestions!!! You guys rock.
Here’s a thread where admins talk about their favorite subreddits. I thought it was really interesting, thought I’d share in case you wanna find more!
Here’s a few unusual subreddits to quench your thirst~
Additions and amendments welcome
The night I found gamersriseup I was very stoned and laughed for about 2 hours, such a ridiculous place
My daughter would say " on you market, set, go"
I have an Uncle Mark so growing up it was "Uncle Mark, Get set, go"
As I child, in the bathtub, my mom would tell me "close the door or a draft will come in".... I always thought a "giraffe" would come in. Every time I hear the word draft I think of that moment of a little cartoon giraffe coming into the bathroom.
I used to think people said "red or not here I come!"
As a child, I thought Reese’s Pieces was “Reese’s Penis”
Oh my god!
How dare you
I hate this
You are a
I see what You did... There!
Holy shit lmao
I'm really bummed I'm learning this at 26. 6 year old me would have so much more to do with this information.
We must go back
Everyone just quietly counted it out out-loud
Thank you for this comment because I really didn’t understand what was going on 🤦🏾♀️
My EXACT reaction lol
Am I the only one who needed 10 seconds to figure this one out?
I must be a complete idiot. Still no comprende
on your mark = 3 syllabes
get set = 2 syllabes
go = 1
you're not alone, had to read some comments to get that as well
edit: my god, thanks for the gold!! :-)
Dang, totally went brain dead and interpreted syllables as vowels. Thank you for explaining; I thought I was going crazy not being able to understand, turns out I'm just stupid.
Same here man, we are stupid
Holy crap, I counted the syllables and was like 6 is not a count down, 5 maybe but who uses 6. Thank you for pointing this out it would have bugged me the rest of the night.
Same with the 6 for me
Thanks! I was like syllables...?!?!?! All those words are single syllable words.
Wow had to lurk hard to find this lol glad I’m not the only one
I thought it said ‘symbols’ at first
I was counting the fucking vowels I have no clue what I'm doing.
Lol no, I was trying to spell a secret word using the consonants 🤦🏾♂️
Ready... Set... GO!!
Also the hard 'g' of go means that everyone is listening for an extremely distinct starting moment of the sound.
And the number of words
So, in this scenario you would go on "go". Or some people say "on 3" which is essentially "1, 2, go". So why do people play rock, paper, scissors on a 4 count. It drives me nuts. I've come to discover I'm in the minority with this argument. Anyone on my side ?
A difference, though, is that when counting down with 3...2...1... you don’t typically go on 1. Just a thought.
Nobody goes on one...they go on zero
Finally. Some good fucking shower thought.
On your marks is 3 syllables, get set is 2 syllables and go is 1 syllable. It basically says 3, 2, 1 in Syllable terms.
It took me way too long to get what you were saying.
Late to the party, but this same concept is behind the exchange that should happen with the person belaying you before you begin rock climbing as well: <-“Ready to climb!” —“On belay” -“Climbing” —“Climb”> It works because even if you are too far away to hear the actual words someone is using, you can tell by syllable count that everything is set and you’re safe to start moving.
As a side note, the words have meaning. A lot of people use it as a countdown and as someone who ran track in school it drives me bonkers. You're supposed to wait until they follow the command until saying the next thing.
"On your mark!" - wait until they take their mark. For example they are at the start line and have stopped moving. Might be 10 seconds or so if people are being flashy.
"Get set!" - Wait until they are set. This usually means they are in a tense pose ready to spring forward. This is hard to hold for long so if it takes more than a few seconds for people to stop moving they'll usually make you restart the process.
"Go!" - Everybody is in a tense position that they've only had to hold for a couple seconds and they explode forward.
If the time between all the commands is the same you're doing it in a way that has morphed significantly from its original usage.
Good man, ManGood. Good man.