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Romany
Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:42:56 PM
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Yes, and even today in some countries it's considered polite to sop your plate up with bread in many cultures because that's where the real goodness lies.

So the sops that were given to the poor in the form of trenchers were not so mingy as they seem: - all the juices and the fats had soaked down and concentrated in them. Thus in country houses they were given to the hounds as part of their diet too.
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 5:01:07 AM
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Sarrriesfan wrote:


A trencherman is so called because a trencher is the name for a type of round loaf of bread that was used to serve food on in the Middle Ages, traditionally the bread would be given to the poor as alms after the meal.



That was very interesting and informative.


Thanks!
Human..Being
Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017 4:15:48 PM
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TheParser wrote:
No. 1

A 70-year-old woman wrote a newspaper that she is VERY upset when male servers (waiters) refer to her as "young lady."

She is thinking of replying, "Thank you, Little Boy."

The newspaper told her that the servers are trying to be nice.

The newspaper advised her NOT to be sarcastic.

It suggested that she say, "It's been a while since I've been a young lady. You can call me ma'am."


*****

If your job brings you into contact with senior citizens (the gentle American term for us old people), you may wish NOT to call us "young lady" or "young man."

I have noticed that some women are also offended by the word ma'am, which implies that they are old.


Source: The "Dear Amy" column for June 8, 2017.



One hopes that as we are we understand, ever greater, the need and importance of communication. A term of respect in one region is rude in another.
TheParser
Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 5:24:11 AM
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Human..Being wrote:
A term of respect in one region is rude in another.



Thank you for the interesting comment.

Welcome to the Free Dictionary Forums.
TheParser
Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:56:43 AM
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No. 26


"There's nothing on it worthwhile, and we're not going to watch it in this household, and I don't want it in your intellectual diet."

1. The "it" refers to the television set.

2. He was talking to his children.

3. "He" was Philo Farnsworth (1906 - 1971).

4. Mr. Farnsworth is considered the "Father of Television" (all-electronic television).

TheParser
Posted: Monday, November 06, 2017 7:07:38 AM
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No. 27

During World War II, the Japanese city of Kyoto was never bombed.

It was also taken off the list of possible atomic bomb targets.


WHY?

It is said that an important American official (who had once honeymooned there) insisted that nothing should be done to Kyoto because it was such a cultural gem.


*****

During the American Civil War (1861 - 1865), both sides agreed not to touch George Washington's house, for both sides had so much respect for his memory.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, November 06, 2017 7:15:58 AM

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TheParser wrote:
No. 26


"There's nothing on it worthwhile, and we're not going to watch it in this household, and I don't want it in your intellectual diet."

1. The "it" refers to the television set.

2. He was talking to his children.

3. "He" was Philo Farnsworth (1906 - 1971).

4. Mr. Farnsworth is considered the "Father of Television" (all-electronic television).



"Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."

- Darryl Zanuck, executive at 20th Century Fox, 1946


"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

- Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."

- Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977




In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
TheParser
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 4:40:29 AM
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No. 28


"Seeing the northern lights is the No. 1 wish" for young tourists from China.

"They want to stay in an igloo, go on an icebreaker, go on animal safaris" to see reindeer.



That's the opinion of a former Chinese exchange student to Finland who co-founded an agency that organizes tours above the Arctic Circle for Chinese tourists. Source: A (printed) special issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, dated November 6, 2017 - January 8, 2018.
TheParser
Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 3:02:54 PM
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No. 29


I have just read an article that has puns based on diseases.


1. "Did you see that Italian opera singer run through the door? In flew Enzo!."

a. Of course, I understood that ("influenza"). Google told me that there are at least two famous Italian opera singers with the first name of Enzo.


2. I absolutely, however, cannot understand this one. I keep saying it aloud to myself, but it does not ring a bell.

a. "My mom makes the best onion dip. It's HIV little concoction you'd love."



-- Reader's Digest, November 11, 2017, print edition.
tunaafi
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 1:48:11 AM

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TheParser wrote:

2. I absolutely, however, cannot understand this one. I keep saying it aloud to myself, but it does not ring a bell.

a. "My mom makes the best onion dip. It's HIV little concoction you'd love."


It's a chivy little concoction.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 4:31:19 AM

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I still didn't get it (as I use the word 'chivy' to mean 'goad').
It then I realised it's pronounced "chive-y"
'chivy' = 'containing chives'.

Not a good pun if you have to work so hard to get it.

The first one was good.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 7:33:13 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:


Not a good pun if you have to work so hard to get it.





You are so right!

Thanks a million.
TheParser
Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 8:20:07 AM
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No. 30

I have noticed that when President Trump walks down the ramp of an airplane, he walks slowly and carefully holds on to the railing.

I am very glad that he uses caution.

Nothing could be more disastrous than someone falling down a ramp.

I was always nervous whenever I watched President Obama come down an airplane ramp.

He never held on to the railing.

He seemed to almost run down the ramp.

And if I remember right, he would occasionally even have his hands in his pockets.

I realize that President Obama is younger than President Trump.

But it astonished me that none of President Obama's advisers ever respectfully and gently urged him to take more care in coming down an airplane ramp.


*****


I remember watching President Ford coming down a ramp on a rainy day. He slipped at the very bottom of the ramp, so he was not injured.



tunaafi
Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 5:07:58 PM

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TheParser wrote:
But it astonished me that none of President Obama's advisers ever respectfully and gently urged him to take more care in coming down an airplane ramp.


They might have thought that he , having achieved the presidency of the United States, did not need nannying.
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