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#14874 - 01/12/01 04:07 PM Re: but
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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#14875 - 01/12/01 04:08 PM Re: Waitrons' enjoyment
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...back to "Enjoy!" for a moment: that trasitive-arbitrarily-turned-instransitive irks me as well. What's worse, though (has anyone else experienced this?) is after the waitron unit has commanded you to "enjoy" s/he returns before you're finished eating and says, "You still working on that?"
(maybe I frequent the wrong establishments )


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#14876 - 01/13/01 07:21 PM LBW & Silly Mid On
stales Offline
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Bob

I'm distressed that a sneaking K1W1 has seen fit to answer your cricket question. On behalf of all Australians, could I insist that all future questions of this nature are directed west of the land of the long white cloud.

Only Ozzies (and perhaps South Africans) currently have the right to speak with authority on this subject. Other nations merely pretend that they know about the game - a fact inevitably demonstrated once their team takes the field.

Australia has even had to come up with the 'Australia A' concept, putting a second string team into the international competition (as well as the First XI). We've had to do this to ensure that our opponents have somebody they can defeat every now and then - an act of benevolent magnificence designed to ensure that international self esteem is not completely destroyed.

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#14877 - 01/13/01 07:29 PM Re: LBW & Silly Mid On
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>international self esteem is not completely destroyed

Every nation has its own ways of maintaining its international self esteem. The main trick is to have a sport that no-one else plays then running a "world series" or "world championship" that no other country is eligible to enter. We have some rather fine darts players who seem to be able to occupy long periods of television without inviting any other country to compete.


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#14878 - 01/13/01 07:52 PM Re: LBW & Silly Mid On
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Stales the Parochial said: Australia has even had to come up with the 'Australia A' concept, putting a second string team into the international competition (as well as the First XI). We've had to do this to ensure that our opponents have somebody they can defeat every now and then - an act of benevolent magnificence designed to ensure that international self esteem is not completely destroyed.

That's what I said. Only the Strine could produce cricket teams like the ones you've got. After all, everyone's got to have at least one undisputed talent, no matter what it takes to maintain the "superiority" I had Christmas Dinner with one of the umpires from the underarm match. He said it made him so ashamed to be an Austraaalian that he immediately went out and married a Kiwi - my neighbour's daughter. Ahhh, reflected notoriety, I just love it!

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#14879 - 01/13/01 10:17 PM Why test a cricket?
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A lovely friend wrote that he was going to a test cricket.
I found this a little puzzling, and a lot laughable: why on earth would anyone a.) build a model of a cricket;
b.)invite people to come see how it works, or
c.)go see whether a robot cricket works as it should or not?

Ok, ok, I have since found out (from another lovely friend--the first was too insulted by my questions to answer!)--that this expression refers to some kind of final or semi-final championship playoff round of games. But why is it referred to in that odd-sounding way? Why isn't it just called The Cricket Championship, or even The Cricket Test
(though that sounds pretty odd, too)? Why is the noun put in front as though it were a modifier?


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#14880 - 01/13/01 11:17 PM Re: Why test a cricket?
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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A lovely friend wrote that he was going to a test cricket.


I suspect that your friend may well have said that he was going to a cricket Test (short for Test match). A Test is any sporting fixture between national representative sides, at least, it is in cricket and the rugby codes. A Test match in cricket is a fantastic thing to watch, it's like chess on a field, although for large parts of its five-day existence, it can seem somewhat less athletic than chess.



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#14881 - 01/14/01 03:22 AM Re: but
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paulb is from Tasmania
Oh No he isn't! (you can see the panto season isn't over, yet) He's a grand Lancashire Lad - summat tha' never grows out o', ne'mind wheer tha moves to!



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#14882 - 01/14/01 03:30 AM Re: LBW & Silly Mid On
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The main trick is to have a sport that no-one else plays then running a "world series" or "world championship" that no other country is eligible to enter
But it doesn't always work. The City of Lancaster has, for the past five or six years, held the International Sedan Chair Championship races. Typically, there have been six or eight local teams as the only entrants. Last year, a team from Denmark competed. They did well, although they didn't win. But with this experience, they will return next year and win - you can bet your breeches on it!


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#14883 - 01/14/01 03:38 AM Re: Why test a cricket?
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A Test match in cricket is a fantastic thing to watch,
Fantastic is, assuredly, the correct word for Test Cricket.



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