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by Stu
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:36 pm
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Topic: Postman or Mailman
Replies: 23
Views: 195

Re: Postman or Mailman

Sinned wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:17 pm
I suspect that the use of "postman" in the song "Please Mr Postman" was because of the repetition of the "p" sound.
My wife suggested the same - i.e alliteration of the /p/. That is probably correct, but it only works if the word "postman" is used in the US and that's what I was wondering.
by Stu
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:21 pm
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Topic: Postman or Mailman
Replies: 23
Views: 195

Re: Postman or Mailman

Thanks for the information. Regarding the gender thing, the word "postman" should actually include females as well. The suffix at the end, "man", is not a compound so much as a derivational morpheme meaning "person". That's why "postman" is normally pronounced /ˈpəʊstm ə n/ and not /ˈpəʊstm æ n/. I ...
by Stu
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:11 am
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Topic: Postman or Mailman
Replies: 23
Views: 195

Postman or Mailman

For my undergraduate linguistics class, I show some of the different vocabulary, spellings and grammar of British and American English. Sometimes, this isn't as simple as it sounds. One of my linguistics students pointed out that one difference I mention is "postman" (UK) v "mailman" (US), so he ask...
by Stu
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:30 am
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Topic: Home improvement
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Home improvement

I wouldn't use tiles at all. Instead, I would put a waterproof membrane down, and then use the specially-treated laminate wooden flooring that is suitable for kitchens. That seems to be what most Scandinavians have and it works well, it is easy to lay and looks great!
by Stu
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:47 pm
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Topic: The Other Side Of George Floyd
Replies: 54
Views: 774

Re: The Other Side Of George Floyd

No worries, Faldaguy. I think we've all done something similar at some time. :wink:
by Stu
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:44 am
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Topic: The Other Side Of George Floyd
Replies: 54
Views: 774

Re: The Other Side Of George Floyd

Faldaguy wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:37 am
Just a quick addition to Stu's rant on socialism is the USA:
Where did make a "rant on socialism in the USA"?

Please show me where I did that - or withdraw this claim. Thank you.
by Stu
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:26 pm
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Topic: The Other Side Of George Floyd
Replies: 54
Views: 774

Re: The Other Side Of George Floyd

crfriend wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:26 pm
I would be somewhat careful with some of the sites listed. A few of them seem to be hosted in the USA which has a notorious problem with anything socialistic in nature.
OK. But the facts they relate can be checked against other sources, and they accord with my own, first hand, experience.
by Stu
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:32 pm
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Topic: The Other Side Of George Floyd
Replies: 54
Views: 774

Re: The Other Side Of George Floyd

Moon I have lived in Sweden for the past 11-years and everything I report is based on people I know here. My youngest daughter here has a child and is expecting another, and she will soon be eligible for a maternity pay of 80% of her salary for 400 days. On the other hand, her first boyfriend's fami...
by Stu
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:52 pm
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Topic: The Other Side Of George Floyd
Replies: 54
Views: 774

Re: The Other Side Of George Floyd

Just to set the record straight about the Nordic countries - they are not always accurately portrayed. Take Sweden as an example. It is not by any stretch a socialist country. It has a curious welfare state system which is extremely generous to women who are pregnant and new mothers, and to migrants...
by Stu
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:25 pm
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Topic: A Meaty Question to our American Friends
Replies: 19
Views: 380

Re: A Meaty Question to our American Friends

Thank you for the responses. I did search online before I posted on here, but without much success. So far as I can see, there is an issue with beef labelling and country of origin, but that looks as if it is a minor one and it is being considered. I would have no worries about eating American produ...
by Stu
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:58 pm
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Topic: A Meaty Question to our American Friends
Replies: 19
Views: 380

Re: A Meaty Question to our American Friends

Thanks!
by Stu
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:12 pm
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Topic: A Meaty Question to our American Friends
Replies: 19
Views: 380

A Meaty Question to our American Friends

I have a question to our friends across the pond in the US. When you shop for meat and chicken in American supermarkets, does the product sometimes (or always) show a place of origin? In other words, will it say "Produce of USA" or "Produce of Argentina"? The reason I am asking is that there are rum...
by Stu
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:58 pm
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Topic: On statues...
Replies: 54
Views: 1046

Re: On statues...

No need to be a smart ass... you know what I meant... My response was relevant. Crow is someone in living memory and that is a valid reason to object to a statue. His racism was the only reason he is remembered, whereas Civil War generals and British entrepreneurs are not commemorated for that. The...
by Stu
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:08 pm
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Topic: On statues...
Replies: 54
Views: 1046

Re: On statues...

You've never been a black man or woman in Jim Crow era America. No, why? Is there a statue of Jim Crow somewhere? It would be perfectly reasonable to take that down as that is within living memory, but not soldiers who fought battles 160 years ago. Have you ever had to attend second rate schools be...
by Stu
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:44 pm
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Topic: On statues...
Replies: 54
Views: 1046

Re: On statues...

Now you all are going to sit here and tell me that such a statue wouldn't bother you? Come on man.... It wouldn't bother me in the slightest - quite the reverse. The fact is these generals didn't win, and I would realise that my status as a free man is testament to that. I think the same thing when...