Thanks Jim, although I'm certain you're giving me way more credit than I deserve.JustJim wrote:LOL! What a great story! You're so clever, Ant. You should write books that make people think and laugh....
Yes and no...JustJim wrote:I think it's a European thing, for example, not to use qualifiers with words like hospital. In the USA, except where people have been somehow corrupted by European influences, we usually say, "I was in THE hospital." It grates on my ears to hear people say, "I was in hospital." Maybe it's just my Michigan upbringing, though I travelled all over the world with people from all over the USA, and NONE of them ever said, "Take him to hospital."
On the other hand, we don't use those qualifiers with "school" or "church". We say, "Take him to school," or, "Let's go to church."
Thanks, but I should point out that research shows that young minds absorb languages very readily, so, to be fair, it's not that big an achievement. I would actually recommend anybody wishing to teach their children other languages to do so earlier, than later in life. That said, I would have thought it prudent to sit me down in down in front of Play School for a few months before starting school (it's an educational Australian TV show for young kids).JustJim wrote:I'm so impressed with your language background and how extremely well you've managed it!
I bet then that you refuse to let a spell check correct any mistyped words. It's kind of amusing for me because I'd like to not turn spell check on but at the same time I know that eventually I'd miss a word I'd mistyped. Still, I always manually correct the words that get squiggle-underlined -- suggestions be damned!JustJim wrote:Spelling, though, was always easy for me.
Gratz, mate... and cool... a collector's piece!JustJim wrote:I was a Detroit Metropolitan Spelling Bee Grade Champion in 1958, and I still have the embossed dictionary I won for that. It's the first Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary! It doesn't have a LOT of the words we use now in it!
Moon, thanks for that. What you said, coupled with a bit of research (I was surprised to hear other people hadn't struck it) and it finally dawned on me...Moonwood the Hare wrote:I sometimes ask people what their name was. This is when they already told me and I didn't catch it and I don't want to say what is your name as they could then think or say, 'I just told you.'
ROFL! Damn... I have been guilty of this . Incidentally, this inadvertently puts to bed the whole nature/nurture debate!Moonwood the Hare wrote:I had one the other day where I needed to pass on a message and I said do you have a number the person can contact you on. And the other person said yes. There was a long pause then they said, 'Do you want me to give it you?' Probably some relative of yours Ant!
LOL!marcuspnw wrote:Funny, but nobody else in my family complained about any pain from being injected!
This reminds me of a story that rattled a teacher...marcuspnw wrote:"Does your child have a temperature?!!!"
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