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#14824 - 01/06/01 12:35 AM but
stales Offline
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Are we in Oz unique in our overuse/misuse of "but"?

Give you a typical example....

Question : "Do you like caramel?"
Answer : "No. Chocolate's not bad but"

Believe it or not folks!

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#14825 - 01/06/01 04:26 AM Re: but
Capital Kiwi Offline
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In spite of intensive quarantine regulations being formulated and enforced vigorously by immigration and customs, it's crossed the Tasman. And it's as insidious as the possum ...

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#14826 - 01/06/01 10:49 AM Re: but
belMarduk Offline
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Well, do you add anything after the "but"?

Does the sentence finish there or continue to clarify; or is your point that they should use "however"?




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#14827 - 01/06/01 11:24 AM Re: but
TEd Remington Offline
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>Are we in Oz unique in our overuse/misuse of "but"?

>Answer : "No. Chocolate's not bad but"

Usually when I am going to call someone that, I spell it with two t's.

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#14828 - 01/06/01 03:20 PM Re: but
wow Offline
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Are we in Oz unique in our overuse/misuse of "but"?
Give you a typical example....
Question : "Do you like caramel?"
Answer : "No. Chocolate's not bad but"


But why the but?
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#14829 - 01/06/01 03:37 PM Re: but
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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Wow pleaded:But why the but?

Dunno. Might be anastrophe but.



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#14830 - 01/06/01 03:44 PM Post deleted by musick
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#14831 - 01/06/01 03:54 PM Re: but
tsuwm Offline
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>"No. Chocolate's not bad but"

the anastrophe explanation makes more sense....
no; but chocolate's not bad.


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#14832 - 01/06/01 07:22 PM Re: but
Jackie Offline

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Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
I have it on irrefutable authority that this is a manner of speech, used in a similar way to how some Canadians add
"eh" on to the end of a sentence. Rhetorically, I reckon, eh.


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#14833 - 01/06/01 07:34 PM Re: anastrophic 'buts'
AnnaStrophic Offline
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out is the jury on this one....

I'm thinking it may be a way to ameliorate what you say, so as not to cause undue offense, as in the rising intonation at the end of a sentence, apparently originating in Oz but having gained widespread use(age) among American teen-age girls in the last decade....(?*) ['awaiting wet-noodle flogging' emoticon]

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