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#14864 - 01/12/01 03:18 AM Re: but
Phyllisstein Offline
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Registered: 01/05/01
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Loc: Cape Town, S. Africa
It strikes me that if you used "though" instead of "but" nobody would remark on the construction. Since the two words are sometimes interchangeable when used at the start of a phrase it's not too hard to imagine somebody substituting "but" for "though" at the end of it. Follow?

Here's the putative evolution:
I don't like caramel, though chocolate's not bad.
I don't like caramel, but chocolate's not bad.
I don't like chocolate; caramel's not bad, though.
I don't like chocolate; caramel's not bad, but.

Presumably a few people think this sounds cute, the fad takes off and a new mannerism is born. Too far-fetched?

BTW I presume that saying "chocolate's not bad, though" is also anastrophe? If so, I'm thrilled to know that all my life I have been using such lah-di-dah grammatical constructions. [emoticon of a kugel preening]

On second thoughts it does rather take the gilt off it to know that millions of Ozzies are using it too - and more imaginatively!


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#14865 - 01/12/01 03:33 AM Re: but
jmh Offline
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>Too far-fetched?

Spot on, think I.


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#14866 - 01/12/01 04:22 AM Re: but
Capital Kiwi Offline
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that millions of Ozzies are using it too

Yep, happens.

- and more imaginatively!

Now, hang on a minute - that's stretching things a bit too far. at Marty, Marvin, Paulb and the rest!

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#14867 - 01/12/01 07:35 AM Re: but
Jackie Offline

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at Marty, Marvin, Paulb and the rest!

Er--who's Marvin? And, my sweetheart paulb is not from
Australia, but.




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#14868 - 01/12/01 11:23 AM Re: but
Capital Kiwi Offline
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Marvin was an illusion or delusion (see the appropriate thread). paulb is from Tasmania which, the last time I was there, my dear, is only semi-detached from Oz!

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#14869 - 01/12/01 12:42 PM Re: but
tsuwm Online   confused
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CK avers Marvin was an illusion or delusion...

sort of a giant Aussie rabbit, Elwood?




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#14870 - 01/12/01 12:57 PM Re: but
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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paulb is from Tasmania


Ah yes, home of David Boon, that freak of nature. How someone with his less-than whippet-like frame could be such an outstanding fielder at suicidal mid-on or mid-off still remains a mystery to me.


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#14871 - 01/12/01 01:20 PM Re: but
Capital Kiwi Offline
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sort of a giant Aussie rabbit, Elwood?

Yes, and therein lies a tail.

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#14872 - 01/12/01 01:24 PM Re: but
Capital Kiwi Offline
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Max wonders: Ah yes, home of David Boon, that freak of nature. How someone with his less-than whippet-like frame could be such an outstanding fielder at suicidal mid-on or mid-off still remains a mystery to me.

But not to me. He's of "typical" Tasmanian build and attitude. He must have appeared to be a damned-near insuperable obstacle to batsmen. The effect of his presence at silly mid on was as much pyschological as physical! NZ batsmen hated it.

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#14873 - 01/12/01 02:30 PM Re: but
Bobyoungbalt Offline
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Registered: 11/22/00
Posts: 1289
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silly mid-on


Since some of you were so good as to explain to us benighted Yanks what LBW is, how about this colorful term?


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