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Author Topic: English is weird  (Read 164367 times)

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Re: English is weird
« Reply #1150 on: 31 Mar 2021, 21:33 »

Then each preposition can do multiple contradictory things, as in the story of the man who walked into the auto parts store and asked the clerk to sell him a rear view mirror for his Yugo.

The clerk said "Well, that is a fair trade, but we only take cash and credit cards".
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Re: English is weird
« Reply #1151 on: 06 Apr 2021, 21:20 »



I should use some of these in conversation. Especially 6.
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Re: English is weird
« Reply #1152 on: 07 Apr 2021, 04:47 »

I think it'd be very easy to re-introduce any of those. If you told me, context-less, that any of these phrases is contemporary Internet slang that I just haven't heard, I'd probably believe you.
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Re: English is weird
« Reply #1153 on: 07 Apr 2021, 09:53 »

I have actually heard #8 and #5 in person. 

From the same guy, actually.  An elderly Scottish immigrant to the US, who always developed the most amazing case of logorrhea after just a couple of beers.  He was not drunk, understand; still bright, together, considerate, and coordinated - but he'd get in a happy/social/voluble mood, and I considered it a treat to just listen to him. 

I have no idea what he'd sound like if he were actually drunk.

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