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Re: Way off topic, but...
Del #2039860 02/26/13 09:00 PM
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Oh-Oh

We're back to grammar. Actually, J-C hasn't made further contributions. But he will!

He edited for punctuation, but alas, he missed a half stop insertion.


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Minnesota Marty #2039871 02/26/13 09:15 PM
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OK - I have decided to end it here a be a model member.

(or is is modell????) DANG IT! f

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Originally Posted by AJB
You have all misunderstood Europe. From a British point of view (in fact I prefer English) one prefers Continental Europe (with or without quotation marks) to distinguish the big bit from the offshore segment.

Whilst it is allegedly a fact that the United Kingdom is part of "Europe" the reality is that there are "continentals" and there are British.

As it happens I am married to a continental, so I have a foot either side of the water.

Everyone surely knows that Europe, when surrounded by quotation marks, includes the EEC undesirables. Hence it is clear from Del's post that his secret dining companion hails from neither the UK nor the likes of France and Germany. Thus we are dealing with a nouveau "European" I fancy.

I had no idea I was being so subtle. Personally, I think it was the Baijiu....

ddf


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Re: Way off topic, but...
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Originally Posted by AJB
Whilst it is allegedly a fact that the United Kingdom is part of "Europe" the reality is that there are "continentals" and there are British.

Quite so. I remember noting with some bemusement that London travel agencies prominently displayed prices for package trips to Europe.

Andy

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Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
We're back to grammar. Actually, J-C hasn't made further contributions. But he will!

We will see!

While I was on the road this week, listening to Finzi, I was thinking that English is a very forgiving language but grammar, syntax and punctuation still pose all sorts of traps for the unwary as Del and I have found to our cost.

I was hauled up before the beak (a "British English" term for a judge) for giving hold, an Old English transitive verb, an object which someone else (French, I note) wanted to use as the subject of another verb.

Some American businessmen class Europe as a geography and often lump it in with a wider geography called EMEA as a convenient acronym for marketing purposes. Perhaps an EMEAN would have covered Del's tracks better than those quotation marks.

Did you know that last week the German President proposed English become the official language of the European Union? It then transpired that it is the only language Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Francois Hollande, the French President, have in common.

Way off topic, again, but ...


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If we can just get the British to start speaking English, that would be a start!


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Originally Posted by Withindale
[quote=Minnesota Marty]...
Some American businessmen class Europe as a geography and often lump it in with a wider geography called EMEA as a convenient acronym for marketing purposes. Perhaps an EMEAN would have covered Del's tracks better than those quotation marks.

Did you know that last week the German President proposed English become the official language of the European Union? It then transpired that it is the only language Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Francois Hollande, the French President, have in common.

Way off topic, again, but ...



Let's have a big compromise where everybody gets something and are happy:

[{(*"'Europe'"*)}]
capital: Berlin
official language: English
official beverage: French wine
official food: Italian pizza
official cartoon: Tintin (as a compensation for loosing the capital)
etc...


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I write on behalf of my brother Jean-Claude who is, for two reasons, unable to make a posting on his own account. Firstly, in his last post he announced that he would make no further pronouncements in this thread and like all Frenchmen his word once given is irrevocable. Secondly I'm afraid that the thread has very much weakend his already rather feeble grasp on reality. His twin obsessions - English grammar and personal hygene - led him to take a bath on Wednesday evening and he remained in the bathroom until yesterday night. We could hear him shuffling about looking for additional cleaning materials and muttering 'I stink therefore I am' which was upsetting for the household and bad for the morale of the servants. Things came to a head yesterday night when he appeared in the salon looking for a subjunctive case in which he thought that some carbolic soap might be found.

Unfortunately it has been necessary to move Jean-Claude into an institution where we hope that he will be able to receive the care that he needs.

Happily I do not share my brother's obsession with grammar and do not intend to make any observations on that subject. My purpose in writing is to comment on part of Withindale's most recent contribution, which reads:

'Did you know that last week the German President proposed English become the official language of the European Union? It then transpired that it is the only language Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Francois Hollande, the French President, have in common.'


Chancellor Merkel is a dynamic, popular and successful leader of her nation so I imagine that the ability to speak Englsh is in fact the only thing that she has in common with M. Hollande.

J-P

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Originally Posted by Jean-Pierre
I write on behalf of my brother Jean-Claude who is, for two reasons, unable to make a posting on his own account. Firstly, in his last post he announced that he would make no further pronouncements in this thread and like all Frenchmen his word once given is irrevocable. Secondly I'm afraid that the thread has very much weakend his already rather feeble grasp on reality. His twin obsessions - English grammar and personal hygene - led him to take a bath on Wednesday evening and he remained in the bathroom until yesterday night. We could hear him shuffling about looking for additional cleaning materials and muttering 'I stink therefore I am' which was upsetting for the household and bad for the morale of the servants. Things came to a head yesterday night when he appeared in the salon looking for a subjunctive case in which he thought that some carbolic soap might be found.

Unfortunately it has been necessary to move Jean-Claude into an institution where we hope that he will be able to receive the care that he needs.

Happily I do not share my brother's obsession with grammar and do not intend to make any observations on that subject. My purpose in writing is to comment on part of Withindale's most recent contribution, which reads:

'Did you know that last week the German President proposed English become the official language of the European Union? It then transpired that it is the only language Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Francois Hollande, the French President, have in common.'


Chancellor Merkel is a dynamic, popular and successful leader of her nation so I imagine that the ability to speak Englsh is in fact the only thing that she has in common with M. Hollande.

J-P


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Give our regards to your other hand!

As George W. Bush would say: "Don't mis-underestimate monsieur Hollande." It takes balls to swim against the current (even with the degree of -- according to you, un-French -- back-paddling on display). Sometimes the leaders we need are different to the ones we think we want.

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