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Friday, 07 October 2016


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Well David, I think I mentioned Matthew yesterday morning. It is forecast to rake the east coast of Florida right now, travel north just off Georgia and arrive just below Charleston before turning and dashing east and then sou' almost button hook right back south to Florida. Odd. We generally send these hurricanes east nor'east across the Atlantic to Britain. You'uns will have to make do without this one.

Thank you, Whiters, the food parcels are always welcome but the hurricanes you can keep!

Do you feel it essential to ring off on charming and polite East Asians?

I record just about everything I watch so I can fast forward through ads and leave things and come back to them if that's more convenient.

"... I can promise you that I will never whinge again!"
I looked up the word "whinge" because I had not encountered it before and, by golly, that's how you Brits "whine", which over here is pronounced like "wine". Why on earth would you people stick a "g" in there?

You learn something every day -- though not necessarily anything useful :)

Henry...'cause it's "their" English :)


But how does the "g" alter the pronunciation (if it does)?

Henry, they make good use of the "g" in whinge. It might be left over from Bill Shakeshaft's day or Gaelic in origin. I don't know.

I found this:
Yet it still does not explain how the s or even a z sound morphed into the g.
Ah those wacky Brits!

Stone the crows!
As if we didn't have enough trouble with the whinging Poms - now it's the Yanks trying to come the raw prawn!

Andra! Please try to speak English!

... or at least 'merkin!

"to come the raw prawn!"

Whitewall it is a delightful Aussie expression implying the imminent imposition of dire consequences should the person to whom it is being addressed "try to pull a swiftie" on one.

The Anglosphere is a wonderful conglomeration of peoples separated by a common language. For an enjoyable trip through the development of our tongue try the series "The Adventure of English" presented by Melvyn Bragg.

A raw prawn...should mean a large uncooked shrimp, at least in these parts.

Whitewall - and so it does in the land of Oz. But it's larger (of course).

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