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What the English Say versus What the English Mean

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Re: Words mean things, and sometimes _other_ things . . .
dpettit   2/24/2017 6:37:15 PM
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My understanding is actually closer to your "What the English Mean" column than the "What Others Understand".  My wife and her mother who is from California have jointly determined that when I say something they cook is "okay" that means that I don't like it.  And when I say something is "good" that means I really like it.  I'm not sure if that is due to my being from a small midwestern town or due to my predominately German and English descent (though many generations removed).  They also marvel that my family doesn't openly profess their love for each other on a regular basis while they can hardly go an hour without saying "I love you" to each other. 

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Max The Magnificent   2/24/2017 9:40:32 AM
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@mosspp: ...The audience burst into laughter when told that for short hikes, a fanny pack would be sufficient...

I remember running headfirst (metaphorically speaking) into that one when I first moved to the USA.

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Words mean things, and sometimes _other_ things . . .
mosspp   2/23/2017 5:18:31 PM
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A company that I worked for in a previous life hired a bunch of Brits one year, probably because they would work for less $$ than their American equivalents. 
The company held an orientation meeting in the auditorium and one of the topics was desert survival.  The speaker emphasized that the Arizona climate is very dry and one should always carry water, especially when engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking. For day-long hikes, a backpack was recommended to carry enough water and food for the day.  The audience burst into laughter when told that for short hikes, a fanny pack would be sufficient.

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Max The Magnificent   2/22/2017 10:25:26 AM
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@perl_geek: ...Translation provided upon request...

Why? That's perfectly understandable me ol' mucker.

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perl_geek   2/21/2017 5:20:32 PM
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Sorry, me old china, but that looks to be a load of cobblers.

(Translation provided upon request.) :-)*

 

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Max The Magnificent   2/21/2017 2:32:33 PM
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@sean: ...my comprehensive online Cockerney™ Rhyming Slang dictionary - http://moteprime.org/cockerney/...

This is the funniest thing I've seen all day -- thanks for sharing


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Max The Magnificent   2/21/2017 12:12:16 PM
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@betajet: ...The agent's reply is one of my all-time favorite movie lines.

Damn you Red Baron -- now I have to go and watch that movie!!!

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Max The Magnificent   2/21/2017 11:58:09 AM
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@David: ...In Australia, being able to trace your line back to a convict ancestor is seen as a badge of honor...

I've said it before and I'll say it again... it's a funny old world when you come to think about it :-)

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Rhyming Slang
seantellis   2/20/2017 5:33:19 PM
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Given the amount of interest in Rhyming Slang, here's a plug for my comprehensive online Cockerney™ Rhyming Slang dictionary - http://moteprime.org/cockerney/ - which may help non-Cockerneys from around the world. And Basildon.

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David Ashton   2/20/2017 2:28:39 PM
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@Max: "Although what cheese has to do with it I don't know "

Well, as you point out in your email salutation:

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."

-- G. K. Chesterton

...QED!

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