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Old 08-11-2019, 06:12 AM   #2281
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Re: Shootings in US schools

Since it is obvious that we have briefly diverged...

The problem with the song "Brick House" is that I can never again hear that song in a "pure" context. I have seen a movie called To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar starring Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, and Wesley Snipes as three blatant gay cross-dressers going to a Pride event in San Francisco, I believe. There is a scene where that music is playing as they drive cross-country to that event with the top down in their land-barge of a car and are bopping along in full drag as they follow a road that parallels a train track. It's one of the scenes that can't be unseen.

Got the same problem with Sister Sledge's "We Are Family" during the senator's escape scene in The Bird Cage (Robin Williams and Nathan Lane).

Got the same problem with Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" thanks to the jail scene with dancing football players in the movie The Replacements with Keanu Reaves and Gene Hackman.

Great music, but sudden odd-ball associations have made it difficult to enjoy without having sudden bizarre movie scenes flash through my mind.

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Old 08-11-2019, 06:52 AM   #2282
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I wonder why the left felt the need to pull their own fantasy about killing the right.

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Old 08-19-2019, 11:53 AM   #2283
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I suppose Mr Trump must like some foreigners- isn't his wife an immigrant?



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I saw Mrs Trump on telly the other day. Gosh, she really looked miserable, she never smiles, never speaks.
I reckon she must be the most patient person alive, she's been playing the widow-in-waiting too long to give up now.
Imagine how happy she will be when Trump snuffs it. I bet she prays for an assassination every night.

Actually I heard that Americans pray before every meal - imagine praying 12 times a day.

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- imagine praying 12 times a day.
I didnít want to laugh, but that was funny!
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Old 08-19-2019, 01:23 PM   #2285
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I didnít want to laugh, but that was funny!
That one courtesy of Stuart Francis, a Canadian comedian on a TV programme called 'Live at the Apollo' (theatre).

I've worked out why foreigner Mrs Trump doesn't speak, English is not her first language. Mind you, she should be at home in the USA, there's 300 million others in the same boat.

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Old 08-19-2019, 03:28 PM   #2286
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That one courtesy of Stuart Francis, a Canadian comedian on a TV programme called 'Live at the Apollo' (theatre).

I've worked out why foreigner Mrs Trump doesn't speak, English is not her first language. Mind you, she should be at home in the USA, there's 300 million others in the same boat.

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True, they mostly speak "American". Seems that once you get rid of an overbearing and unresponsive government you get to decide what language you speak. Seems to have come into fashion after the Americans got rid of their unresponsive and out of touch overlords as most other colonies decided (eventually) to do the same.
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True, they mostly speak "American". Seems that once you get rid of an overbearing and unresponsive government you get to decide what language you speak. Seems to have come into fashion after the Americans got rid of their unresponsive and out of touch overlords as most other colonies decided (eventually) to do the same.
Hmmm yes, but it's a shame they had to change the name of things because without a descriptor Americans would be totally confused. For example,

They changed 'pavement' to 'sidewalk' presumably because too many people were killed by being run over and not understandings you had to walk on the side for safety.
They changed 'horse riding' to 'horseback riding' to indicate where you had to sit on the horse.
They changed a simple word 'tap' to 'faucet' just to confuse people.

I could give you many examples that confuse people, one is how a candidate who has the least votes in an election actually wins and becomes president.

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I could give you many examples that confuse people, one is how a candidate who has the least votes in an election actually wins and becomes president.

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Odd, I figured you'd at least learn how the Prime Minister is selected for the U.K. and how they would seldom be the most "Popular", but rather represent less than half the population (at best) but convince some smaller groups to give them backing...

You may want to learn a bit about how leaders in countries are actually chosen, you'd be rather surprised at how little your vote often counts for. At least in America they get to try and choose a leader, not hope a good one is born into the position or is selected based on which parties have how many seats.
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Re: Shootings in US schools

As I was leaving the store a few days ago. I met a man originally from England. Somehow we started talking about how the 'American' version of English could be quite different from the 'English' version of English. He stated a sentance in English and I had no idea what he was talking about (he translated for me).
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Odd, I figured you'd at least learn how the Prime Minister is selected for the U.K. and how they would seldom be the most "Popular", but rather represent less than half the population (at best) but convince some smaller groups to give them backing...

You may want to learn a bit about how leaders in countries are actually chosen, you'd be rather surprised at how little your vote often counts for. At least in America they get to try and choose a leader, not hope a good one is born into the position or is selected based on which parties have how many seats.
I have no idea where you live as you seem to be ashamed to add it in your profile, instead some rubbish about seeing a road or something.

Anyway, I suggest that you read up on the British way of voting for parliament. We don't vote in Prime Ministers like the Yanks vote in presidents. If we did, I'm sure we would appoint the one with the most votes from the populace unlike the USA.

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Re: Shootings in US schools

Col, I agree that our language differences can be quite confusing. One of our more vocal comedians, George Carlin, often pointed out some verbal oddities in the USA. One of his better ones (at least, that appealed to me the best) was:

We park in a driveway but drive in a parkway.

Your comment about changing "horse riding" to "horse-back riding" is easy to explain. It helps us to more quickly locate and identify the horse's ass.

But I'll give you a more directed answer. Our language here in the former colonies is a polyglot in its origins. We have contributions from Latin, Old German, Old English, French, and Spanish as major components of English. Not to mention Irish, Portuguese, Native American, many African nations, and even Chinese.

Therefore, "tap" is the word you use, but we call it a "faucet" because that is a French word even though both have the same meaning in their history - to bore a hole in something and control how/when something comes out of the hole. Other than the language they came through, they have the same logical etymology.

One of our favorite foods here in south Louisiana is gumbo, which is made from various local meat sources such as crabs & shrimp, or pork sausage if you prefer that style. The recipe for gumbo includes the vegetable "okra" - for which the central African word is "gumbo." You won't find THAT one in original English!
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Re: Shootings in US schools

Even from New England can make quite a difference. I am from New England and preaching in the south, and the same words don't always the same innuendo.
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Anyway, I suggest that you read up on the British way of voting for parliament. We don't vote in Prime Ministers like the Yanks vote in presidents. If we did, I'm sure we would appoint the one with the most votes from the populace unlike the USA.

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Very good Colin, you've proven your inability to read once again! Outstanding!

Now to understand that, you may have to actually read my post again.. maybe several times.. and ask some help from others.

Now, as one does not vote directly for prime minister, does that explain why your vote matters so little for selecting a leader? I may have to get assistance in explaining this to you, but I'm not familiar with any special needs instructors who could help.
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Now, as one does not vote directly for prime minister, does that explain why your vote matters so little for selecting a leader? .
To help you get out of the hole you are digging yourself into. You seem to be obsessed with voting in a leader.
I'll explain in simple terms - we vote for prospective members of Parliament who can belong to a political party or can be independent (that means not affiliated with any party) Usually, ones vote is for the party of choice or preference.
The leader of the winning party with the most candidates elected to Westminster is asked by the Queen to form a government, the it all goes downhill from there.

Got it?

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Ah, we have discovered a strong similarity between the way England forms a government and the way the USA forms a government. Once the initial choices have been made, it all goes downhill from there.

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