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Old 24 November 2006, 20:54   #31
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And in the "How Small is Canada?" department...

Many years ago, I hoisted several (actually, many...) pints with John Candy when I was at University. He was with Second City then and they had come to school to put on a show. He was a funny guy, but by the end of the night, he was just another obnoxious drunk, just like the rest of us!

Along the same lines, I went to high school with Dave Thomas (of "Ghostbusters" fame) and had breakfast with his older brother Ian just a couple of weeks ago...

Mercifully, I don't know Celine Dion, but I am waiting patiently for call from Shania Twain~
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Old 25 November 2006, 01:47   #32
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Is Ian still performing? Haven't heard too much from him since 'Pilot'.
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Old 25 November 2006, 04:14   #33
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Take a look at instruction manuals with newly bought merchandise, English is one of usually four or five languages included in the booklet. As Bob Dylan said... The times they are a changing..
That's more for export than ease of domestic use, though.

Multi-lingual packaging means that you don't have a separate stock for each across the border shipment direction. Canada? Mexico? Fine. Pull 'em from the shelf and ship 'em out.

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Old 26 November 2006, 10:24   #34
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just picking up on silly spelling mistakes - it's the ever creeping trend of Americanisms.

Just back Codders- but must take you up on this. The whole point of language is NOT the way you spell- but the way you speak. I have said so on this board previousely- that the problem with the "brit" brits is that the spoken english is appalling. Its easier to understand a Scotsman, or for that matter a Welsman than your Englishman. I have no such difficulty in the States whether it be south, north, east or west. What is wrong with Americanisms? most of them are to the point. I am still trying to understand that if calling someone a 'dipstick" is complimentary or not??

I think it must be due to the new laws governing drink....... I close this dialogue with the thought that the greatest Englishman that has ever lived- Winston Churchill - admitted his spelling left a lot to be desired and loved everything American

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Eupa,

Which Englishmen can't you understand ?

In some ways I agree with you because an Englishman is not always what he seems nowadays.

And if he's a Geordie or a Scouse then you've got no chance at all. Sort of the English version of the 'Windtalkers'.
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I am still trying to understand that if calling someone a 'dipstick" is complimentary or not??

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In N.A., it would be considered a mild insult.
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... I am waiting patiently for call from Shania Twain~
She still hasn't called you yet? Send some more pictures of your boat.
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just picking up on silly spelling mistakes - it's the ever creeping trend of Americanisms.

Just back Codders- but must take you up on this. The whole point of language is NOT the way you spell- but the way you speak. I have said so on this board previousely- that the problem with the "brit" brits is that the spoken english is appalling. Its easier to understand a Scotsman, or for that matter a Welsman than your Englishman. I have no such difficulty in the States whether it be south, north, east or west. What is wrong with Americanisms? most of them are to the point. I am still trying to understand that if calling someone a 'dipstick" is complimentary or not??

I think it must be due to the new laws governing drink....... I close this dialogue with the thought that the greatest Englishman that has ever lived- Winston Churchill - admitted his spelling left a lot to be desired and loved everything American

Jonathan

Where have you been hiding again? Hope your health probs are sorted now? I can normally understand Yanks no probs BUT there is one bloke I talk to in Miami who needs a translator!!!
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Old 26 November 2006, 14:57   #39
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Where have you been hiding again? Hope your


... Been in Grand Canaria to try to get my rib in. No luck.

glad to see that you seem to be always fighting fit..

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Which Englishmen can't you understand ?


Jonathan Ross for starters..


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