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|Edmund||BS: Transatlantic Idioms (131* d)||RE: BS: Transatlantic Idioms||17 Apr 01|
During World War I (that's right ... one) my father had a difficult time in a London department store, once, attempting to buy a spool of thread. As Dad would tell it, that the clerk (clark) mulled over the phrase a bit mutterring "a spool of thread ... a spool of thread. Oh" he exclamed, you must mean a reel of cotton!"