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User Name: Axel Bear
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Topic: This Day in History
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:30:23 AM

[quote=Hope123]Don't know why Daemon didn't choose this for "This Day in History" November 22, 1963.


For about 5 years TFD dedicated November 22 to "Juan Carlos I Becomes King of Spain (1975)"
Topic: Origin of this British idiom
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 5:37:57 PM

towan52 wrote: complained to the monumental stonemason...

Should this not be 'monument stonemason'...whose job is 'monumental (stone)masonry'?
Topic: Little Akio
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 5:14:33 AM

The teacher said, "Good Morning, Class, let's begin by reviewing some History. Who said: 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death'?"
She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Little Akio, a bright foreign exchange student from Japan, who had his hand up. "Patrick Henry, 1775," he said.

"Very good! Who said: 'Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth'?"
Again, no response except from Little Akio: "Abraham Lincoln, 1863."
"Excellent!" said the teacher continuing. "Let's try one a bit more difficult.
Who said, 'Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?"
Once again, Akio's was the only hand in the air and he said: "John F. Kennedy, 1961."

The teacher snapped at the class, "Class, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Little Akio isn't from this country and he knows more about our history than you do."

She heard a loud whisper: "F*** the Japs."
"Who said that? I want to know right now !" ...she angrily demanded.
Little Akio put his hand up, "General MacArthur, 1945."

At that point, a student in the back said, "I'm gonna puke."
The teacher glared at the class and asked, "All right! Now who said that?"
Again, Little Akio says, "George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991."

Now furious, another student yelled, "Oh yeah? Suck this!"
Little Akio jumped out of his chair waving his hand and shouted to the teacher,
"Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!"

Now with almost mob hysteria reigning in the class, someone said, "You little sh*t! If you say anything else, I'll kill you!"
Little Akio frantically yelled at the top of his voice, "Michael Jackson to the children testifying against him, 2004."
The teacher fainted.

As the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, "Oh Crap, we are finished."

Little Akio said quietly, "Americans, Trump has been elected.”
Topic: arvo [Australian English]
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 11:53:15 AM

Romany, I have to agree with Dynamite here. Paterson definitely did not write 'Strine'.

The videos mentioned above clearly shows this. I recommend that you view them. You painted a wrong picture of Paterson.

Chaucers of the Outback! LOL

PS. didn't understand a word in the Chaucer video!

Topic: Adverb
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:23:08 AM

NKM wrote:
Sorry, Axel, but Ashwin is right.
It sounds like a gerund, and it's spelled like a gerund, but it's not a gerund because it's not serving as a noun.

Hallo NKM. Thanks for the clarification. Not being a native English speaker, I had never heard of this word 'gerund' until I joined TFD almost 2 years ago.

It's not the sort of word you here in the 'pub' every day.

I was surprised when I recently googled the pronunciation of 'gerund'. Whenever I read this word, 'in my head' I have always pronounced it in the German/Dutch 'past participle' way: 'ge-rund'. Bad habit I can't stop.

Topic: Adverb
Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 12:33:29 PM

Ashwin Joshi wrote:
Nope. Its a verb,(present continuous)

Are you sure Ashwin?

Is it not a gerund?..a word formed from a verb but acts as a nouns.

Topic: Is this use of the Past Perfect tenses correct?
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 12:00:46 PM

Wilmar (USA) wrote:
Also, he would have broken out the window, in the US, anyway.

Yer. I have often heard this expression in the USA. It's quite amusing.
Topic: arvo [Australian English]
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 10:37:01 AM

towan52 wrote:
My favourite was always "Eggnishner" for Air-conditioner!

"Eggnishner" is more 'Strine' rather than a famous OZ diminutive so as 'arvo'.

Topic: Is this use of the Past Perfect tenses correct?
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 10:30:31 AM

thar wrote:
He was one floor up. This is not Iceland - that does not qualify as a particularly tall tree! Whistle

Topic: Is this use of the Past Perfect tenses correct?
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 10:07:15 AM

In American and Canadian English, the verb smell makes smelled in the past tense and as a past participle. Outside North America, English speakers use smelled and smelt interchangeably, and neither form is significantly more common than the other.