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#40320 - 09/08/01 10:07 AM Re: Harmonized Commodities
Jackie Offline
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Good heavens, Bill, thank you--I'd always seen clothing labeled "ramie cotton", and thought it was some specific type of cotton. You learn something every day, don't you?


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#40321 - 09/08/01 12:27 PM Re: Harmonized Commodities
of troy Offline
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Rayon is an "man made material"-- it is reprocessed celulose. rayon is made from plant fibers. (wood pulp?) nylon, acrylic, poly esters, etc., are man made material, but from petro-chemicals, or some other organic base.

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#40322 - 09/10/01 09:33 AM Re: Harmonized Commodities
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Bobyoungbalt offers to compile what looks ... like some interesting dope on fabric and post it.

Got any interesting dope on hemp?







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#40323 - 09/10/01 01:33 PM Re: Harmonized Commodities
wwh Offline
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Got any interesting dope on hemp?

As you may have been hinting, a forbidden product of the hemp plant is marijuana. There are many items on Internet about recent research into medical uses of marijuana, still very controversial.


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#40324 - 09/10/01 03:30 PM Re: JELLY
Goatboy Offline
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I'm not sure if this is where the love of words started for me, but one of my favourite words is "trivia". The explanation I heard was that it comes from the name the Romans had for signposts placed at a three way road junction. (I never learnt Latin but the explanation sounds viable - (just spotted the irony in this disclaimer)) How true it is I don't know (although I'm sure I'll find out after posting this ;), but it did pique my interest. This is a large part of why I'm here at AWAD now - I love to find out about words I have taken for granted for years.


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#40325 - 09/10/01 03:49 PM Re: JELLY
Goatboy Offline
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As an alternative to peanut butter and jam /jelly, you could always try peanut butter and marmite (probably UK only - sorry). It may sound odd, but tastes just like dry roasted peanuts. Superb!


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#40326 - 09/10/01 04:05 PM Re: JELLY
Faldage Offline
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signposts placed at a three way road junction

Dunno about signposts. Way I heard it there were shrines to Diana at places where three roads came together and that Diana was worshipped under the name Trivia. Origin of tivia meaning worthless information may come from the lesser of the two divisions of the seven liberal arts in medieval universities. The divisions were the trivium and the quadrivium. The trivium were grammar, rhetoric and logic. The quadrivium were umm, geometry, astronomy, arithmetic and music. I had to look it up; never can remember them'ns. Quadrivium, that is. Trivium I remember.


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#40327 - 09/10/01 05:51 PM Re: JELLY
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Marmite and Jelly sandwich. Marmite turns out to be a UK sandwich spread made from brewer's yeast, apparently almost a hundred years old, and very popular. For a URL:

http://www.accomodata.co.uk/marmite.htm


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#40328 - 09/11/01 04:42 AM Marmite
rodward Offline
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Marmite turns out to be a UK sandwich spread made from brewer's yeast
Marmite is recognised by the British as a national icon unavailable abroad, and is always one of the items taken in food parcels when visiting expatriates. This practice features in literature and in folk lore as much as in reality. For example, my daughters invitation to her going-away-to-Germany party next weekend has the line "Missing Marmite already".
Marmite run a series of ads under the common theme "love it or loathe it". One shows a girl sneaking a quick bite of a marmite sarny before returning to snog her boyfriend who immediately starts gagging.

Does Vegemite have the same connotations for our Oz and Zildean cousins?


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#40329 - 09/11/01 07:39 AM Re: Marmite
Jackie Offline
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Here's what our illustrious Max had to say about Vegemite, Rod:
[instructive rant]
This sounds like another philistine who spreads Vegemite as though it were jam, or peanut butter. Vegemite should be smeared thinly, heavy stress on thinly, in order to truly appreciate its magnificence. A 5 gram container, the sizer you get with hotel breakfasts should do for at least three slices of toast. [/instructive rant]


http://wordsmith.org/board/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=words&Number=14095

Author's note: I hestitated before posting this. The thread this came from has aspects that I would prefer not be resurrected, hint hint.




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