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Whatever / Re: Missing players
« on: February 12, 2019, 04:15:21 AM »
Yippee! Best news of the day!


Word Games / Re: System Maintenance
« on: February 02, 2019, 05:22:05 AM »
Alan: I know this is the wrong thread, but---how are you doing in the heat? I worry about y'all down under! Hope you're coping ok.

with best wishes,


Whatever / Re: Sarcasm in UK/US (BBC)
« on: January 13, 2019, 03:48:18 AM »
This was an interesting read, thanks mkenuk. I (native Californian) found myself chiming with the British interpretations. Of course, if these are verbal (not written) remarks, the tone of voice in which they are given may make a great difference in intention. The same goes for anona's example: 'Why not?' delivered very quietly sounds to me like a serious reproof, but I'd have to hear it to know for sure.

Another interesting topic in the nuance of language usage is the expression, 'Bless your heart,' as used by American southerners. It can be a kind remark, but very often it means 'that makes me angry', or, 'what you're doing/saying is idiotic or embarrassing, but I'm too polite to tell you so.'

Let's hear some more!

Best Wishes,


Whatever / Re: Merry Christmas dear Chihuahua-ites!
« on: December 25, 2018, 04:53:19 AM »
Thank you, Ozzyjack, for your kind wishes. May your days be merry and bright!


Words / Re: rampy
« on: December 17, 2018, 04:21:10 AM »
Dear TRex,

I loved your story: the description of your father tasting the milk and declaring it 'a bit rampy.' It conjured for me a delightful image of the cows out in the field, serenely wandering through the grass in the unhurried manner of cows everywhere. Thanks so much for the mental breath of fresh air.

Best Wishes,


Words / Re: cdo ?
« on: December 02, 2018, 02:51:24 AM »

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA....thanks for that

Whatever / Re: Best Wishes
« on: December 02, 2018, 02:49:28 AM »

All Best Wishes for a return to health and happiness

Words / Re: New word suggestion: defo
« on: November 28, 2018, 03:26:46 PM »

I'm not familiar with it.

Words / Re: figgy
« on: November 28, 2018, 03:25:18 PM »

Figgy: ditto

Words / Re: Is there a case to make polenta a common word?
« on: September 12, 2018, 03:41:50 PM »
Polenta: a common word in my world.

Words / Re: Pend
« on: June 23, 2018, 02:50:28 AM »
Can someone post an example of 'pend' used in a natural-sounding sentence? Pending, impend, depend, append, expend, etc. are commonly used, but any sentence I dream up using 'pend' by itself sounds unnatural. The success of the picnic will pend on the weather. Hmmm... I dunno.

Words / Re: American vs British English - new book coming out
« on: March 25, 2018, 11:49:22 AM »

To Gromit:

PROUD! always go for proud!

Words / Re: American vs British English - new book coming out
« on: March 24, 2018, 12:31:11 PM »
Wow! Thanks for the Oz quiz!



Words / Re: American vs British English - new book coming out
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:37:55 AM »
10/10 American

7/10 British

Words / Re: oviduct - common?
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:14:51 AM »
Thanks, anona, and thanks for that funny story re: license fee guy. (Did he check the priest hole? I'll bet he missed that! >:D)

Many years (oh, dear, I can start saying decades now) ago, I mentioned to my class of nine-year-olds that I didn't have a tv. Soon after, I learned that they were secretly collecting money among themselves to buy me one. I thanked them for their thoughtfulness, and explained that it was my choice not to have a tv. This was a shocking new possibility for them, and I suppose they eventually chalked it up to just one more strange idea from the adult world.

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