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s21d
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 10:38:56 AM
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"Students you are not supposed to slack off here as it is not regular vacation, it is an excursion."

This sentence is a figment of my imagination. Is the word 'regular' correct to describe any vacation? The teacher is emphasizing that it is an excursion and not vacation.
leonAzul
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 10:51:52 AM

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s21d wrote:
"Students you are not supposed to slack off here as it is not regular vacation, it is an excursion."

This sentence is a figment of my imagination. Is the word 'regular' correct to describe any vacation? The teacher is emphasizing that it is an excursion and not vacation.



Can you imagine an "irregular" vacation? If not, then the word is probably meaningless in any context.

An excursion (or "class trip") is an organized school-related off-campus activity, and a vacation is the time during which the students are free from all school-related obligations.

The contrast between the two words ought to be sufficient to make the point:

"Students, you are not supposed to slack off here! This is not a vacation; it is an excursion!"
pmjjay
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 12:39:41 PM

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Regular vacation ? Irregular vacation ? meaningless, isn't it ?
"Children no slacking off please, this is not a vacation. This is an excursion".
IMcRout
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 1:04:33 PM
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Does the 'p' in your name stand for 'parroting', pmjjay?
Crawdaddy
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:37:11 PM
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IMcRout wrote:
Does the 'p' in your name stand for 'parroting', pmjjay?


Tsk, tsk.
L.Rai
Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014 11:41:32 PM

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vacation, excursion, I'd just like some time off please!
kasparijus
Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 9:33:03 AM

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The teacher uses "regular" in order to emphasize that the excursion is kind of a vacation but not the regular (or real) one.
Romany
Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 12:15:14 PM
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kasparijus,

I think what some posters are talking about is not what 'regular' actually means, but whether or not it is a judicial or good choice in this context. As one poster pointed out, it would lead one to wonder what an "irregular" holiday/excursion was like? Strippers in the bus, perhaps? Not going to the destination at all, but spending the whole time in MacDonalds?

I think even BE speakers are aware of the use of "Regular" to mean "ordinary" or "middle-of-the-road"...or even "official".(It may have even more meanings) But, used here, it strikes some people as not being the best choice.

What do you think?

Btw - loved your idea for the man-burka in another thread!
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