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BS: Imponderables

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Subject: BS: Imponderables
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 21 May 05 - 03:02 AM

Some years ago, there were some books published on the subject of "imponderables;" simple questions that have no easy anwers, unless you have special knowledge of the particular question (they were published pre-internet, or when the internet was in its infancy). So, here are a couple from one of the books:

1. When do flies sleep?
2. If nothing sticks to Teflon, how do they get Teflon to stick to the pan?

Someone answered the Teflon question in the Hijack a Thread discussion! It prompted me to start this thread.

So, 'catters and guests, any imponderables of your own to post?

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 05 - 03:49 AM

If there is Essex in the East, Sussex in the South, and Wessex in the West - where is Nossex?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 21 May 05 - 04:47 AM

The Teflon reference reminded me. My wife was puzzled with idea that someone was referred to a Teflon Man - because things did not stick to him or he did not take responsibilty. It did not make sense to her.

It was only when she told me - that her puzzlement was made clear.

When the reference was made to Teflon - she thought of a substance here that was called 'Fablon'. Her confusion was that far from being non-stick - this was a material for lining cupboards and had an already sticky suface revealed when you pulled the backing off. This 'Fablon' was UK TV's Blue Peter's famous - sticky back plastic.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 May 05 - 04:47 AM

Just north of the divorce I think.
G..


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 21 May 05 - 04:48 AM

Where has all the Middlesex gone?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 21 May 05 - 05:09 AM

...long time passing...


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 21 May 05 - 05:11 AM

Remember the first database tool for PCs? It was called DBII (DB Two). Now, what happened to DBI ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 21 May 05 - 05:34 AM

You can be - dis - ......but can you be 'gruntled'?

It sounds a bit painful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 21 May 05 - 06:10 AM

Nossex was located in my house, well until the wife walked out on me.

eric


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 21 May 05 - 07:21 AM

Nossex, or Norsex never existed. The Saxon kingdoms, and later counties, such as Essex, Sussex and Wessex used one naming form. The Area of Viking rule, the Danelaw, had its southern edge in East Anglia, about on the current border between Essex and Suffolk.

The what could have been the Northern Saxon kingdom, Norsex, became the southernmost Viking one of Suffolk.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: *Laura*
Date: 21 May 05 - 08:06 AM

If you can be overwhelmed and underwhelmed - can you ever be just 'whelmed'?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 05 - 08:12 AM

So, should there be an Effolk and a Weffolk, or even a Middlefolk?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 05 - 08:17 AM

Thanks Bunnahabhain

That wasn't JUST a joke imponderable query - I really had been wondering for some time, and now I know.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST, puss
Date: 21 May 05 - 08:27 AM

and can you be diswhelmed?

or undergruntled, or overgruntled?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 May 05 - 09:17 AM

whelm v.t. (poet., rhet.) Engulf, submerge, overwhelm.[perh. f. OE *hwelman= hwylfan overturn, whence dial. whelve (Oxford Concise Dictionary.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: number 6
Date: 21 May 05 - 10:54 AM

Where do seagulls go to die?

The town I live in which is on the Bay of Fundy has a large population of these sea birds. They live and then they die. I've never noticed a seagull "grave yard" anywhere, even on the barren islands that are out in the bay.

sIx


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 05 - 11:49 AM

Anyone seen a baby pigeon?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 21 May 05 - 12:05 PM

Why is a building called a building when it is already built?

(not an original thought of my own but one I have pondered!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST, Topsy
Date: 21 May 05 - 12:24 PM

The wood pigeons in my garden have built the most pathetic excuse for a nest in one of my trees - it is a skimpy little platform of birch twigs that are for ever falling onto my lawn. An egg has also fallen out of (or through) it. I shall be very surprised if I see a baby pigeon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 May 05 - 12:56 PM

A baby pigeon is called a squab. Here's a picture of one. You see them about as often as you see any kind of baby bird (apart from baby ducks, who get paraded around by the mums).


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bill D
Date: 21 May 05 - 01:00 PM

Can a Metaphysician be sued for malpractice?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Azizi
Date: 21 May 05 - 01:06 PM

Who put the bomp
In the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?
Who put the ram
In the rama lama ding dong?
Who put the bop
In the bop shoo bop shoo bop?
Who put the dip
In the dip da dip da dip?
Who was that man?
I'd like to shake his hand
He made my baby
Fall in love with me


The complete lyrics for this song


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bill D
Date: 21 May 05 - 01:49 PM

If a hen & a half could lay an egg & a half in a day & a half, how long would it take a cross-eyed grasshopper with a wooden leg to kick the seeds out of a dill pickle?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 21 May 05 - 02:08 PM

If West Virginia is a State - why is there not an East Virginia?

There must be (some) West Virgins - are there not any East Virgins?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 21 May 05 - 03:05 PM

why do we call the stuff we send on a ship the cargo and the stuff we send by rail a shipment?

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: sixtieschick
Date: 21 May 05 - 03:15 PM

If pro is the opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress?

If bread always lands butter side-down and a cat always lands on its feet, if you strap a piece of buttered bread to the back of a cat and toss 'em out the (ground floor) window, which lands where?

Why must I be a teenager in love?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bill D
Date: 21 May 05 - 04:30 PM

"I was born in East Virginia,
North Carolina, I did go...
There I met with fair young maiden,
Her name and age I do not know"

There IS an East Virgina, it just ain't independant. (actually, they just don't use EAST for the big part)


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 21 May 05 - 05:04 PM

What would a chair look like if your knees bent the other way?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Shanghaiceltic
Date: 21 May 05 - 05:18 PM

Why do you laugh when someone tickles you, it isnt funny.

Why is yawning catching?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Don Firth
Date: 21 May 05 - 05:19 PM

Why are there so many more horse's asses than there are horses?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Amos
Date: 21 May 05 - 05:30 PM

-ing(1)   suffix forming gerunds and nouns from verbs (or occas. from
             nouns), denoting: 1 a the verbal action or its result (asking;
             carving; fighting; learning). b the verbal action as described
             or classified in some way (tough going). 2 material used for or
             associated with a process etc. (piping; washing). 3 an
             occupation or event (banking; wedding). 4 a set or arrangement
             of (colouring; feathering). [OE -ung, -ing f. Gmc]

    -ing(2)   suffix 1 forming the present participle of verbs (asking;
             fighting), often as adjectives (charming; strapping). 2 forming
             adjectives from nouns (hulking) and verbs (balding). [ME alt.
             of OE -ende, later - inde]

    -ing(3)   suffix forming nouns meaning 'one belonging to' or 'one having
             the quality of', surviving esp. in names of coins and fractional
             parts (farthing; gelding; riding). [OE f. Gmc]


From the OED.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 May 05 - 06:23 PM

"Give me sowething to keep this ice cream cold,"
"Okay...Here's a styrofoam cup."
"Thanks! Now how about something to keep my coffee hot?"
"Okay...Here's a styrofoam cup."
"Wait a minute here. Styrofoam keeps hot stuff hot and cold stuff cold?"
"Yep...Pretty neat huh?"
"How do it know?"


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 21 May 05 - 07:29 PM

Why, in the whole if the UK, is there only one Monopolies Commission?

Why is it that, whether you are inflammable, or flammable, you will burn equally well?

Have you ever come across the verb "To scrute"?........Me neither, so how did we get inscrutable?

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 21 May 05 - 07:37 PM

Who are you calling inscrutable - how can you tell?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 05 - 07:42 PM

You cheeky little sphinx!


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 May 05 - 07:51 PM

From Latin scrutari, search, as in scrutiny, scrutinize and scrutinizable (with inscrutable really being a contraction of inscrutinizable, which would be a bit of a mouthful).


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 05 - 02:35 AM

Now I have nothing against the chap and we should all encourage people to make the effort - but the question that must be asked is -with all these attemps - when is Earnest going to finally get it right?

And what is it exactly that folk are tring to do IN poor old Ernest?

Leave him alone there is an importance in this...........


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST, puss
Date: 22 May 05 - 03:30 AM

probably something ex-scrute-iating


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST,JennyO
Date: 22 May 05 - 04:09 AM

If pro is the opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress? Exactly.

Is the opposite of increment - excrement?

It's a wise crow that knows which way the camel points.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 22 May 05 - 07:36 AM

If you invent an acid that could eat through anything, what would you keep it in?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 05 - 08:26 AM

Surely it would quickly disappear in the direction of the centre of the earth.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 22 May 05 - 08:34 AM

mmmmm...she ponders Guest ..:>)


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST, puss
Date: 22 May 05 - 08:51 AM

... but would it stop in the middle or carry on - to errupt suddenly somewhere on the other side?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: CStrong
Date: 22 May 05 - 09:11 AM

What's another word for "thesaurus?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST,gnu
Date: 22 May 05 - 10:07 AM

If you are going to try and do something, why try?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST,Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 22 May 05 - 11:29 AM

Thank you McGrath, I always wondered.

Now... What about the other two? LOL

Don T


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 22 May 05 - 01:41 PM

Why was Oscar Wilde?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 May 05 - 03:26 PM

Something to do with the importance he placed on being Ernest, I suspect.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 22 May 05 - 04:40 PM

Why do we park in a driveway, but drive on a parkway?

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 05 - 04:49 PM

Why does it rain cats and dogs?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: CarolC
Date: 22 May 05 - 10:23 PM

Why is it that I can think of a gazillion of these things 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except when someone starts a thread about them, and then I can't even think of one?


"The opposite of gravity is levity"

--Eric Idle


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: John O'L
Date: 22 May 05 - 11:17 PM

So is levy stuff to make your roast potatoes dry?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: LilyFestre
Date: 23 May 05 - 12:14 AM

Does my blue look like your green?

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 23 May 05 - 03:24 AM

Does your bum look big in that?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: *Laura*
Date: 23 May 05 - 06:33 AM

LilyFestre - I've ALWAYS wondered that!?
What if the colour you see grass is the same colour as the colour I see the sky - but we've both learnt to call them green and blue (or grey depending where you live)!


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Splott Man
Date: 23 May 05 - 07:57 AM

Why was Thornton Wilder?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 23 May 05 - 08:05 AM

How can you possibly write there are three ways of spelling to
How can you possibly write there are three ways of spelling too
How can you possibly write there are three ways of spelling two

Bugged me for years...

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 23 May 05 - 08:29 AM

Witch way is rite?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Trevor
Date: 23 May 05 - 09:46 AM

Why do 'flammable' and 'inflammable' mean the same thing?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bill D
Date: 23 May 05 - 02:47 PM

Why do people not read the earlier posts before repeating the same ones? Now, that's imponderable!


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 23 May 05 - 05:44 PM

Have you ever met someone who was occuous.....an inoccuous question?

People can be obnoxious, or just plain noxious. What the hell is ob?

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 23 May 05 - 06:37 PM

Why do people keep asking hypothetical questions?

When it quite obvious that hypothetical is not going to answer?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 24 May 05 - 09:34 AM

Why am I the only person anwering these?


Ob- Latin prefix, meaning towards, so obnoxious is being noxious towards someone.

In- in words derived from Latin and Old English prefix, used to from verbs with the sense in. sometimes used as to from other parts of speech, sometimes used as an intensive or almost meaningless prefix, or to form a negative in words with latin roots.

im- same as in-, but used for words beginning b,m or p

il- same as in-, but used for words beginning l

ir- same as in-, but used for words beginning r


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 24 May 05 - 09:52 AM

"Why do people keep asking hypothetical questions?

When it quite obvious that hypothetical is not going to answer?"

Yeah S.....es, why do you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 24 May 05 - 02:28 PM

"Inflammable" is the correct word."Flammable" is a made-up word, often put on trucks and such because it is believed that many people will translate "inflammable" to mean "not able to burn or explode."

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 25 May 05 - 02:48 AM

What is the difference between a hypothetical question and a rhetorical question?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 25 May 05 - 03:31 AM

Well, let's say we're for instance that we're asking a hypothetical question.....:-).

A hypotheitical question has some sort of hypothesis at its core, so it's not important that the situation the question sets up is not an actual situation. It is there as an example to serve the hypothesis. A typical beginning to a hypothetical questions is: "Let's say for the sake of argument that...."
A rhetorical question doesn't require an answer, and usually doesn't seek an answer. It's making a statement in the form of a question. I like this Jewish joke that illustrates a rhetorical question:

A man walks by a shop with clocks and watches exibited in the window. He walks in and asks the shopkeeper at the counter if he could fix his watch. The shopkeeper say's, "I'm sorry, you're in the wrong place. I'm a Moyel. I perform circumcisions." The man say's, "Then why do you have all those clocks and watches in your window?" The Moyel say's, "So, what should I put in my window?"

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 25 May 05 - 04:01 AM

What is the difference between a hypothetical question and a rhetorical question?

A rhetorical question is one you already know the answer to, (Is this laywer going to cost me alot of money?) whereas a hypothetical question is an impossible or meaningless one (what happened before time began?, what does yellow smell of? etc)

BTW, if flammable is a made up word to avoid confusion over what inflammable means, it was done a long time before the current safety and lawsuits culture. Inflammable seems to be 14th C(Oxford etymological dictionary), flammable is harder to find, but I have a feeling it's not modern.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: John O'L
Date: 25 May 05 - 05:04 AM

Why do people make posts without checking if that post has already been made?
Now THAT'S imponderable.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 25 May 05 - 05:12 AM

Because cross-posting is easy, especially when you spend some time composing a message as you're trying to find word origins....


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST,John O'Lennaine
Date: 25 May 05 - 05:27 AM

Bunnahabhain -

You missed my point. I wasn't having a go at you. See Bill D's post of 23 May 05 - 02:47 PM

Once again I'm reduced to having to explain my wit. A sad thing. I should give up.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 25 May 05 - 02:21 PM

Perhaps posting - simply to make judgements being encouraged - is the cause of all the resulting defensive twitchyness?

Or is that a judgement?

Or is that a rhetorical question?

Frankly my damn - I don't give a dear. Is that a Rhettorical statement or has it gone with the wind?

I'll get you Butler! Was Clark Gable ever in 'On The Buses'?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 25 May 05 - 06:21 PM

LOL on your 5:04am post, John O'Lennaine! Don't give up on us.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 25 May 05 - 06:54 PM

I didn't mean to sound defensive. It just came in as a reflex, as I'd been battling with dictionaries, and losing. I really do need to know how many centuries ago a word came into the language...

Why do dancers pick up two new injuries for every one that heals?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: John O'L
Date: 25 May 05 - 07:18 PM

The onus of apology is on me. (Good sentence eh?) I neglected to consider the possible relevance of my post to those immediately preceding it.

Anyway,

At what point does something ponderable become imponderable?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 25 May 05 - 07:28 PM

Zabriske point?

Match Point?

Boiling point?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: John O'L
Date: 25 May 05 - 07:33 PM

N by NE?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 25 May 05 - 07:54 PM

I don't believe anyone actually answered the West Virginia/East Virginia question. There was only one Virginia until just before the American Civil War. When Virginia decided to secede from the Union, the western part of the state, which did not want to secede from the Union, seceded from Virginia and became a new state.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Mr Happy
Date: 25 May 05 - 08:10 PM

Why do foopball supporters shout loudly at the players on big screen telly in pubs?

Our session tonight was ruined by a lot of prats in the other room yelling at the tops of their voices ' COME ON WHATSISNAME!' & other stuff.

Do they think if they shout loudly enough, the men on screen can hear them?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Mr Happy
Date: 25 May 05 - 09:18 PM

.........also the phenomenon of inappropriate apostrophe s's.........


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 25 May 05 - 10:37 PM

I think "East Virginia" is what philologists call a "back formation".

The mechanism of a back formation is that someone sees an expression with say a prefix or a modifier (in this case "West" in "West Virginia") and says to himself, "Well, if there's a West Virginia there must be an East Virginia," when actually it's not a symmetrical expression like that. "West Virginia" stands for that part of the old Virginia that was broken off at the time of "the late unpleasantness". Before that I suppose you'd say it was "Western Virginia", but the new state took the shorter form. But the Commonwealth of Virginia did not choose to change its name just because some upstarts wanted to side with the damnyankees, so it is still plain and unadorned "Virginia".

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST,Bunnahabhain
Date: 26 May 05 - 08:47 AM

It must be the Lagrange point. An object there can go in any direction, and so is clearly becoing inponderable,

Are the periodic changes in the North Atlantic current caused by, or do they cause, Glaciations?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 26 May 05 - 10:04 AM

It is pretty obvious now that the patterns of the ocean currents are as complicated as the movement of the air above. Which is dependent on the other or are they both dependent on something else?

Shall we allow this one to drift with the current whilst we ponder upon it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 27 May 05 - 05:37 AM

G'Day Bunnahabhain,

My Shorter Oxford Dictionary says 1813 for flammable, but doesn't cite the actual phrase or author. (If I could afford the cost ... and space ... for a full Oxford, I might find out).

Anyway, this is the sort of date at which scientists and administrators are beginning to take the language away from pedants and lawyers ... 'nuff said?

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Kim C
Date: 27 May 05 - 10:55 AM

Just how much is a shit worth?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bill D
Date: 27 May 05 - 11:37 AM

Just how much is a shit worth?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Kim C
Date: 27 May 05 - 02:21 PM

Thank you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 28 May 05 - 01:40 AM

Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 28 May 05 - 03:05 PM

Because the poor little buggers grow up watching the imported TV programs (from the US), that massacre the language so effectively that no amount of education ever eradicates the result.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 28 May 05 - 06:55 PM

Actually, my post was not a serious question. I was hoping someone would have recognized it as the first line in Henry Higgins first song in "My Fair Lady."

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 28 May 05 - 07:11 PM

OK, 'My Fair Lady' is a 'musical'. That doesn't mean people on a music-related website are going to recognise a word out of one of the songs in it.

But, sorry if you were disappointed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 28 May 05 - 08:24 PM

Sorry Chanteyman, Kneejerk there. Seriously tho', it seems sometimes that the only TV fare available to kids over here is the stuff that's sold to UK TV because it's too bloody dumb for US kids.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: John O'L
Date: 28 May 05 - 09:14 PM

Same in Oz. It's the cheap stuff than doesn't even get aired in the USA.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bill D
Date: 28 May 05 - 09:38 PM

I got it... I 'almost' posted "the Greeks have learned their Greek"...but couldn't think of a way to make it a clever remark...


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 29 May 05 - 06:12 PM

No problem, Don, thanks. I should have remembered before I posted that there is some anti-British sentiment in Mudville that shows up on occasion; sentiments I don't share.

Chanteyranger


".....and the Hebrews learn it backwards which is absolutely frightening!"

Hope MG doesn't react to that one. *BG*


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:02 PM

Now there is something I just have to do

UK. You have a Fringe
Us. You have Bangs
Bear with me now please:>)


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:03 PM

with me yeah?

UK You have Pigtails
US You have Braids

with me....


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:04 PM

Good...

In Glasgow you have Bottles of Ginger
In Maine US you have Bottles of Soda

and so.....


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:05 PM

Why did ted miss the 100th?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:05 PM

That makes this 100...yeah.........lol
First time folks so cut me some slack..
Thank you
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:06 PM

aAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
guest>>why why why!!!!!
rofl


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:07 PM

In the UK "bangs" are much more fun........... I seem to remember. Ahh! The joys of youth.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:07 PM

Just because alba...:)


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Alba
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:14 PM

You Rapscallion Guest...LOL.. but did you notice that we both posted at exactly then same time...spooky eh..:>)

Don, I agree that the UK meaning for Bangs is a lot more fun that a haircut...
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:16 PM

Yes but I pressed the submit button with real conviction....:)


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:23 PM

innocuous

From Latin innocuus : in-, not; + nocuus, harmful (from nocre, to harm).


Anti british feeling?

ALL.
He is an Englishman!
BOAT.
He is an Englishman!
For he himself has said it,
And it's greatly to his credit,
That he is an Englishman!
ALL.
That he is an Englishman!
BOAT.
For he might have been a Roosian,
A French, or Turk, or Proosian,
Or perhaps Itali-an!
ALL.
Or perhaps Itali-an!
BOAT.
But in spite of all temptations
To belong to other nations,
He remains an Englishman!
He remains an Englishman!
ALL.
For in spite of all temptations
To belong to other nations,
He remains an Englishman!
He remains an Englishman!


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:28 PM

Is a fly without wings called a walk?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: John O'L
Date: 29 May 05 - 08:35 PM

I watched Billy Connolly's World Tour of New Zealand last night:

A desert island, a shipwreck, 2 Scots, 2 Irish, 2 welsh and 2 English.
After a year the 2 Scots had set up a distillery, the 2 Welsh had formed into a choir, the 2 Irish were fighting on the beach, and the 2 English were still waiting to be formally introduced.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 30 May 05 - 04:41 AM

Bunnahabhain -

You reminded me of another imponderable: Why does the Dicky-bird sing 'tit willow, tit willow, tit willow'?

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 30 May 05 - 04:47 AM

Which G+S is the one about Duty?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 30 May 05 - 03:48 PM

HMS Pinafore, act II, and again in the finale.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 31 May 05 - 02:42 PM

Why can't a woman - be more like a man?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: GUEST,Wesley S
Date: 31 May 05 - 02:57 PM

Before someone throws a fit - that's a line from "My Fair Lady". In high school I played Col Pickering. I should know.


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: The Shambles
Date: 31 May 05 - 03:00 PM

Why is Puffinus puffinus the latin scientific name for the Manx Shearwater - and not the Puffin?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 May 05 - 03:09 PM

When actors get together to read their lines for the first time...is it called a hearsal?


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Subject: RE: BS: Imponderables
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 31 May 05 - 03:45 PM

The name 'Puffin' has an English history. It orginally referred to the cured carcesses of nestling shearwaters, which were a higly prised delicacy until the late 18th century, birds being mainly collected on the Isles of Scilly and Man. 'puffin' is related to 'puffling' and is a referance to the fat young birds.
The exchange of names seems to has arisen between shearwaters and puffins, which both nest in burrows. Puffin had taken its modern meaning by the late 19th century

   Fauna Britannica, Stefan Buczacki.


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