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#183545 - 03/12/09 11:18 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: zmjezhd]
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I've really developed a taste for beer and chocolate - dark chocolate, but not dark beer.

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#183557 - 03/13/09 11:15 AM Re: Words from newspapers of the world [Re: Faldage]
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
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But the one that bemuses me the most is the Braile on drive-through ATMs. ?!


You would rather they have to go to the expense of making separate keypads for drive-through ATMs and walk-up ATMs. Not to mention the simple fact that a blind person can sit in the back seat of a car on the driver's side and operate the ATM from there.


No. Actually, I was not thinking of the keypads. I was picturing a blind person driving.


Well, there you go. Then maybe you've never driven in Boston.


No, I have not. However, I have driven in the "City of Brotherly Shove" otherwise known as Philadelphia. And, now, I must drive in the city that claims to be the home of NASCAR.

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#183563 - 03/13/09 12:33 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: tsuwm]
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I've really developed a taste for beer and chocolate - dark chocolate, but not dark beer.

Not at the same time, Ron O., then but you knew that. I did try a nice Gueuze. I liked Leffe Brune. I bought one on the Thalys, and the conductor stopped me walking back from the dining wagon saying something in Flemish. He switched to French and told me he appreciated me buying him a Leffe but he was on duty and couldn't accept it. The Leffe Blonde was pretty good, too.

You can get Leffe and Duvel in France now. I found them more pleasing than Kronenbourg.
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#183564 - 03/13/09 12:57 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: zmjezhd]
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zmjezhd: Where'd you get "ferengi"? I only know that word from Star Trek. It's an alien race introduced in TNG. :0)

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#183565 - 03/13/09 01:08 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: zmjezhd]
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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
I've really developed a taste for beer and chocolate - dark chocolate, but not dark beer.

Not at the same time, Ron O., then but you knew that.


no, really. cool
-ron o.

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#183567 - 03/13/09 01:24 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: twosleepy]
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Where'd you get "ferengi"?

Same place the writers for ST:TNG got it: history (link).
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#183568 - 03/13/09 01:32 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: zmjezhd]
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So were you referring to the ST race? I am thinking so because of your "pesky" description... Interesting article, but I don't understand what the band Banco de Gaia has do with it... Thanks! :0)

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#183569 - 03/13/09 02:28 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: twosleepy]
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So were you referring to the ST race?

Yes and no. I used it in conjunction with the discussion about linguae francae, but the ST species, the Ferengi, also played into my choice.

Banco de Gaia has to do with it

Me neither. (Or, I also.)
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#183602 - 03/15/09 12:36 AM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: zmjezhd]
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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
Where'd you get "ferengi"?

Same place the writers for ST:TNG got it: history (link).


Is the consonantal similarity between firangi and foreign just coincidence?

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#183604 - 03/15/09 08:05 AM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: latishya]
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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
Where'd you get "ferengi"?

Same place the writers for ST:TNG got it: history (link).


Is the consonantal similarity between firangi and foreign just coincidence?


Yup. For one thing, the G in foreign wasn't added till after ME. The word is from Latin foranus. Feringhi is from Frank from Latin francus, ultimately of Germanic origin.

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