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  1. #51
    Well i'm getting quite the tutulage on the verbage of what was once called[the king's english]as our good friend tamla so eleqently said the english language is believed to be in some cultures the most difficult of languages to learn but why don't i step aside and let this most interesting discussion continue......!

  2. #52
    verbage is just a throw away remark

  3. #53
    Oh??and where do you throw it?

  4. #54
    in the guest shed

  5. #55
    Verbage? You sure it isn't Vendage?

  6. #56
    Isn't vendage the veritible vendication of venacular verbage verified by the verification of vadiglination???

  7. #57
    No.................I thought it was wine.

  8. #58
    and very nice it is too,with a hints of crisp apples and a smokey aftertaste.it screams red check gingham kitchen curtains.a good accompaniment to wild boor curry and wilderbeest cutlets.but too powerful for chicken,white fish and balsa wood.
    for those try a vintage carbon tetra chloride,excellent for a last supper

  9. #59
    I've had wild irish rose,but i don't think i've had any of that wild boor curry but i did try some of that carbon tetra stuff once kinda dry but i washed it down with some hooch...ahhhhhhh!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arrr&bee View Post
    Well i'm getting quite the tutulage on the verbage of what was once called[the king's english]as our good friend tamla so eleqently said the english language is believed to be in some cultures the most difficult of languages to learn but why don't i step aside and let this most interesting discussion continue......!
    As far as I know, "verbage" is not an English word. However, "verbiage" is. I have a feeling the latter is what you intended. Tutulage (tutelage) is also misspelled. But, somehow, I also get the feeling you deliberately misspelled those words as a light-hearted joking "protest" against boring grammar and spelling lectures.

  11. #61
    Well .. I've only just rediscovered this thread and there seem to be a couple of points to clear up ..

    "Gotten" to me is VERY North American, I've never noticed it used in Britain, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand (I don't know about South Africa). In all these places people habitually say "I have got" rather than "I have gotten", I believe it was old english useage which must have died out in Britain sometime between the initial waves of mass emigration to North America (17th Century) and to Australia/New Zealand (19th Centur

    Secondly "whilst" as opposed to "while" .. my understanding is that in old English "while" actually meant "until". The old usage is still heard in Yorkshire, especially amongst the older people, and you are likely to hear people say things like "I'm going to the shopping centre this evening as the shops are open while nine" meaning "until nine".

    I tend to deliberately use "whilst" instead of "while" as I lived in Sheffield, Yorkshire for a few years and it avoided confusion. Funnily enough traffic and pedestrian signs in Yorkshire don't take this into account and as elsewhere you are likely to see notices such as "Don't cross while the light is on red" and everyone now understands what they are supposed to mean.

    Roger

  12. #62
    gotten along with the rest of the english language was taken to the new world probably by the quakers.we still use it but 99.9% its the "ill gotten gains" phrase.
    up in yorkshire, derbyshire,notts and a few other areas up north do speak in an older way,thee,thou etc.i knew one bloke who says doest thee know,(pronounced dust tha knorr).he comes from bolton way.i love the different accents and the way certain areas keep the old/local dialects.the wierdest i've heard is the carlisle dialect as in mondray, tuesdray and so on.

  13. #63
    i just found this really interesting thread but i've mislaid it.so here is one we did earlier

  14. #64
    This is an impostor thread - it must be a ringer.

  15. #65
    Ringer? Are we playing horseshoes 144man?

  16. #66
    Playing horseshoes?.....You'll be lucky.

  17. #67
    horses hoes?

  18. #68
    Neigh - The Sound of Filly

  19. #69
    sounds like a bit of a 'mare to me!its enough to give you night horses

  20. #70
    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...you guys are still nuts,haaaaaaaaaa i hope those horses sing in harmony!!!

  21. #71
    I'd buy a ticket to see horses singing. What state is Harmony in anyway?

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    Isn't there a Harmony in Indiana, and one also in Nebraska?

  23. #73
    Well, I'd go and see those horses singing in Harmony, Nebraska; but Indiana wants me and I can't go back there.

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    Isn't there a Harmony in Indiana, and one also in Nebraska?
    Not sure about that Robb_k, but there is one in Minnesota, in the extreme south east of the state in Fillmore County, two or three miles from the Iowa boundary.

    I've just "visited" it on Google-Maps streetview and it doesn't look the most exciting of places .. a bit like a one-horse town after the horse left .. I don't know where everyone was when the street-view cameras went through .. at Church? .. at home checking out the latest SUPREMES threads on the SDF Motown Forum?

    They do have their own website ..

    http://www.harmony.mn.us/

    And an entry on wikipedia ..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmony,_Minnesota

    It seems it is a bit of a centre for Amish people, and the population is 1080.

    Roger

  25. #75
    Roger on that.......

  26. #76
    See moe there you go stirring up things [roger on that]geez moe,now what am i gonna say to[mark]and [average joe]i almost got em calmed down and you bring in roger...you fix this mess in ain't in it!!

  27. #77
    i've just had a message on screen......plug in or find another power source.so i got one of those electrickery room deoderisers and plugged it in like i was told.then my laptop went blank.is it a software,hardware or fragrance problem?roger and out.

  28. #78
    Hey tamla,that's kinda like the message i have on my screen now[pay your bill or else]now i owe alot of people but this[or else]guy ain't gettin a dime i never heard of him,some crook always tryin to cut in!!!

  29. #79
    arrr&bee
    dont click on it

    something doesnt smell right there get a proper plug in thingy

  30. #80
    Quote Originally Posted by tamla617 View Post
    good question r n b

    they call that the westminster chime or the cambridge chime where it was 1st used at church of mary the great,cambridge,england.its proper name is the great bell of the clock,north tower,palace of westminster.but big ben is how everyone knows it,named after sir benjemin hall
    big ben is a 13 ton bell thats sits in saint stephen's tower (the clock tower, houses of parliament) so its incorrect to say theres big ben looking at the clock tower,but everyone does it!
    the bell was cast in the whitechapel (jack the ripper's stomping ground) foundary,in the east end of london.its still there,still making bells.i went past it last year,i couldnt believe it,thought it got bombed in ww2.
    the same foundary cast the liberty bell too.in 1976 it cast a new liberty bell as part of the bicentennial celebrations.thee new one unlike the original AND big ben isnt cracked!
    There are moves to rename the clock tower "The Elizabeth Tower" in honour of the Queen's diamond jubilee. Of course there will then be the danger of people referring to it as "Big Beth".

  31. #81
    Now i know that the queen has alot of jewells but that[diamond jubilee]must be big if it's in the tower!!

  32. #82
    the tower is going to sponsored by mcdonalds.
    so you will be looking at big mac.you want supersize with that?

  33. #83
    bump! nearly fell off the bottom of the forum

  34. #84
    Maybe it's time to ring in the changes.

  35. #85
    is it a ring or a chime?

  36. #86
    One ringy-dingy..............two ringy-dingy...........

  37. #87
    three ring circus?
    bring on the pantomime horse!

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    Then why didn't they re-name it "Big Vic" at Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee? (whose celebratory parade, in 1896, was witnessed by mine own great uncle, when it passed through The East End of London in that year)(so he claimed to me on many occaisions).

  39. #89
    rob
    ther is no way would big vic be ok then and probably now.anyway big ben is the bell not tower.

    her 60 years were up in 1897.23rd sept.1896 was the date she became the longest reigning english monarch,surpassing her grandfather george iii (mad as a box of frogs!).she asked for that celebration to be put off 'till the next year to coincide with her 60th year as queen and empress of the british empire.so that parade was prob 1897.

  40. #90
    Quote Originally Posted by tamla617 View Post
    rob
    There is no way would big vic be ok then and probably now.anyway Big Ben is the bell not tower.

    Her 60 years were up in 1897.23rd sept.1896 was the date she became the longest reigning english monarch,surpassing her grandfather george iii (mad as a box of frogs!).she asked for that celebration to be put off 'till the next year to coincide with her 60th year as queen and empress of the british empire.So that parade was prob 1897.
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    Well, I was only 7 years old when my uncle told me that in 1953, during Queen Elizabeth's coronation, so, my uncle probably actually told me he saw her in 1897. (an aside: I still resent our Canadian government stating that she is "Queen of Canada"). I was VERY happy when we changed the flag to The Maple Leaf, and when we changed the National Anthem to "O Canada". I never liked singing "God Save The King" (or Queen, for that matter), nor liked seeing "The Union Jack" on our flag.

    P.S. I know that "Big Ben" is the bell. I have dwelt in England for about 3-4 years (when all my time there is added together. I was making a joke related to the "Big Beth" joke. I had heard that Queen Vicky was sensitive about her weight. So, I realise that it would have been very disrespectful. Not saying that Cromwell did any better than the Sovereigns, but I'm an anarchistic, semi-socialistic republican (or a semi-democratic/republican anarchist, if you will).

  41. #91
    so apart from what you dont like rob,bet you're glad we had a mad king george iii.who caused all the chaos that lead to the american war of independence.

  42. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by tamla617 View Post
    so apart from what you dont like rob,bet you're glad we had a mad king george iii.who caused all the chaos that lead to the american war of independence.
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    Yes. It worked out well, with both a USA and Canada eventually coming out of it. I might have rather seen Canada become fully independent in the early 1800s rather than later.

    You don't believe in capital letters, eh?

  43. #93
    yes robb but not when i type

    i have 6 for you .......london!

  44. #94
    Jokes like that deserve capital punishment.

  45. #95
    a suspended sentence................by the neck!

  46. #96
    I think that the capital is being punished enough,in d.c.the statue if freedom is locked in her room and forced to listen to congressman give speeches,now that's punishment!!

  47. #97
    in DC? spose that would be capital punishment then

  48. #98
    In the Capitol...........

  49. #99
    On the Capitol.......shall not perish from.......

  50. #100
    that little lot capsitall

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