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Words / Re: New word suggestion
« Last post by Alan W on Today at 11:55:44 AM »
This word is also well known to me, as a word for someone who is behind in their membership dues for an organization.

I think all the forumites who said they know the word are Australian. According to the OED unfinancial, in this sense, is now chiefly used in Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. It has 19th century examples from the north of England, but most of the 20th and 21st century citations are from the regions named. Corpus evidence confirms that the word is mainly used down under, although I did find a review of the Dictionary of American Regional English that mentioned the word as an example of the unusual expressions listed in that work. The review doesn't say which American region the word is used in.

Anyhow it's clear the word warrants inclusion, but definitely as a rare word.
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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by les303 on Today at 11:20:53 AM »
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I followed the storm on the radar and it appeared we were on the very edge of the path.  Also, I understand it is small beer compared with what we expect in January and February.

Nevertheless, I hope Moyra and Les didn’t get caught out in it.
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G'day Jack ,
I am glad to hear that the weather gods have been kind to Bonnie & her family with such a gentle introduction to our summer thunder storms.
Here, in town, we also got about an inch & a half of much needed & very welcome rain. There was a bit of light thunder & a little wind but basically just some nice steady rain with the only after effects in my neighbourhood being that the footpaths are now carpeted with beautiful purple jacaranda leaves. While i did consider messaging Bonnie you, i didn't think that it was warranted as there was only a very small smattering of red on the radar so i was a little surprised this morning to hear that there were quite a few suburbs that lost power & experienced some heavy winds & large hail.
Anyway enjoy your morning walk with Bonnie on this gloriously sunny morning.
See ya.

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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by Hobbit on Today at 09:20:43 AM »
Oh Jack I just climbed into bed & read your post.  I always enjoy your posts but that one was brilliant & very funny. Too tired to reply tonight but will post tomorrow.
You're a star in many ways.
Enjoy your lovely sunny day my smashing friend :)
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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by Ozzyjack on Today at 07:10:03 AM »
Hi Pen,

I always enjoy your posts, particularly today. I’ll let you know if I don’t.

Would I have a small dig at you?  Of course I would, but in the gentlest way.   I hope Bonnie remains brave during storms. Daisy used to try to hole up in the nearest small space even in the mildest storm and was inconsolable. It was sad to watch.

I’m still undecided whether I prefer that Queensland does not have daylight saving.   Doesn’t matter. I am a simple soul, if I can’t change it, I try to enjoy it. That way lies greater happiness than fighting unwinnable fights. I acknowledge there are some that have to be fought on a matter of principle irrespective of the chance of winning but daylight saving is not one of them.

It’s another beautiful morning in the Redlands.  The sun is coming up.  It is 21oC and so that’s enough serious thought for this month, let’s have some fun.



A firefighter was working on the engine outside the station, when he noticed a little girl nearby in a little red wagon with little ladders hung off the sides, and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle. The girl was wearing a fire fighters helmet. The wagon was being pulled by her dog and her cat.

The firefighter walked over to take a closer look.   "That sure is a nice fire truck", the firefighter said with admiration. "Thanks," the girl replied. The firefighter looked a little closer. The girl had tied the wagon to her dog's collar and to the cat's privates.

"Little partner," the firefighter said, " I don't want to tell you how to run your rig, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar, I think you could go faster." The little girl replied thoughtfully, "You're probably right, but then I wouldn't have a siren!!."



A language teacher was explaining to her adult class that in French, nouns unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.

“House” in French, is feminine -“la maison,” “Pencil” in French, is masculine “le crayon.”

One puzzled student asked, “What gender is computer?” The teacher did not know, and the word was not in her French dictionary.
So for fun she split the class into two groups appropriately enough, by gender and asked them to decide whether “computer” should be a masculine or a feminine noun.

Both groups were required to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The men’s group decided that computer should definitely be of the feminine gender (“la computer”), because
    1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic
    2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else
    3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later review
    4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your wages on accessories for it.
The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine “le computer”) because:
    1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on.
    2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves
    3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem
    4. As soon as you commit to one, you realise that if you had waited a little longer you could have had a better model.

Breakfast and a dog walk calls.

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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by Hobbit on Today at 05:53:05 AM »
Oh Gareth very funny :laugh:  Cheered up a dark & very wet Sunday evening!
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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by Dragonman on Today at 03:39:15 AM »

I'm confused,

Everyone says the clocks have to go back but I can't remember where I had them from.

The law says when you are driving you have to put your headlights on if its raining in Sweden, how am I supposed to know when its raining in Sweden?
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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by Hobbit on Today at 02:27:49 AM »
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I have heard the expression “it never rains but it pours”.  Our place is the epitome of this.  I don’t think we would have got more than an inch (25mm) since we got here.

It got a bit dark at midday and then at 1 all hell broke loose.  Rain, hail, high winds, thunder, and lightning.  At one stage, I even considered abandoning the patio and going inside.  I thought I might hide in the room under the stairs  >:D and then I remembered that our place is single storey. But Bonnie was unfazed and so I hid behind her and enjoyed the exhibition.


Hi Jack

I very much enjoyed your post :laugh:  Were you having a small dig at me by any chance?   In the absence of a cupboard under the stairs I would probably have been hiding under the bed :laugh:  The hailstones were enormous :o  Much bigger & they'd have passed for golf balls!  We've had so much rain in the last few days I think your rain gauge would have overflowed by now if it was in my garden!  I'm so pleased that Bonnie wasn't bothered by the storm :)

We put our clocks back last night so I'm all out of kilter.  For some stupid reason I'll spend the next few days trying to work out what time it would have been had we not altered the clocks!  Bonkers!

            

Kylie was on her way to visit an old school friend, Charlene, who had just acquired two new dogs.  When she arrived Kylie asked what their names were.
Charlene responded by saying that one was called Rolex & the other called Timex.
Kylie was baffled & said "Whoever heard of somebody naming dogs like that?"
"Helllooooooo..." answered Charlene "They're watch dogs!"

My post is a little like me today - small but beautifully formed >:D
(I wish!)

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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« Last post by Ozzyjack on Yesterday at 08:29:51 PM »
Hi Pen,

I have heard the expression “it never rains but it pours”.  Our place is the epitome of this.  I don’t think we would have got more than an inch (25mm) since we got here.

The forecast was for a bit of rain this weekend, so yesterday I went down to Bunnings, our hardware chain, and bought a rain gauge and installed it about 2 pm.  The rain came down at 3 pm and lasted for a couple of hours.  This morning, I measured 39mm (a bit over 1.5 inches).  It felt like more.

It was a beautiful morning apart from the humidity (26oC) when we walked Bonnie at 8.  It got a bit dark at midday and then at 1 all hell broke loose.  Rain, hail, high winds, thunder, and lightning.  At one stage, I even considered abandoning the patio and going inside.  I thought I might hide in the room under the stairs  >:D and then I remembered that our place is single storey. But Bonnie was unfazed and so I hid behind her and enjoyed the exhibition.

I followed the storm on the radar and it appeared we were on the very edge of the path.  Also, I understand it is small beer compared with what we expect in January and February.

Nevertheless, I hope Moyra and Les didn’t get caught out in it.

Hail at Mt Cotton near us

Well, that’s enough of the real world.


   

As Blue was shopping, the following announcement came over the department store's PA system: "If someone here has a convertible with the top down, it just started raining. Towels are located in aisle five."


I told you about Blue’s neighbour who was a couple of bob short of a quid.  Well, he had a brother who was no smarter.  One day they locked their keys in their car. For privacy reasons I won’t name them but here’s how the conversation went:
Brother 1: "What do we do? Do we get a coat hanger and pick the lock?"
Brother 2: "No, people will think we're trying to break in."
Brother 1: "Well do we get a knife and cut the rubber and pop the lock?"
Brother 2:,"No, people will think we're too stupid to use the coat hanger."
Brother 1: "Well we better think of something quick because it's starting to rain, and the sunroof is open."


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Whatever / Re: Looney Les's Lucky Listings
« Last post by les303 on Yesterday at 02:37:07 PM »
Actually this might be easier to keep track of, if on the day that we post our bets, we also post our adjusted balance which includes the $100 just outlayed & then when all results are are in, i will post an updated summary.
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Whatever / Re: Looney Les's Lucky Listings
« Last post by Ozzyjack on Yesterday at 02:25:28 PM »
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