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#92898 - 01/23/03 03:09 PM Re: Canadian English survey
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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in VA tonight: 7 degrees F

sounds tropical to me... we were at -20F this morning... it's about -7F right now... don't think it's been above zero here at my house for three days.

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#92899 - 01/23/03 03:40 PM Post deleted by Wordwind
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#92900 - 01/23/03 06:24 PM Re: Canadian English survey
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Better watch it, DubDub--you'll have all the Vermonterites comin' after ya fer callin' their home state Hell!
Augh, I am absolutely green with envy! I wanna move up North!! (But I'd have to leave my family behind; but maybe not my son if I move to Alaska.)
60" of snow! Minus degrees! WAIL!!!!! You lucky DOGS!


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#92901 - 01/23/03 09:30 PM Re: fun in the sun
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erm, would somebody please take Jackie's temperature?



actually, it's supposed to get above zero tomorrow.





but only for a little while...

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#92902 - 01/24/03 01:47 AM Re: Canadian English survey
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Loc: Vancouver, BC
Is it true they grow bananas in Vancouver?

As far as I know, they don't grow any here, no. But I did hear a few days ago that we might not have any bananas in ten years or so. Not sure why, since I only quickly skimmed the article before leaving to go out somewhere.

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#92903 - 01/24/03 06:16 AM Re: Canadian English survey
Bean Offline
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I think the link was about the broader scope of the project. But Buddy-who-is-conducting-the-survey was interviewed on CBC and was asking for anyone interested in doing the word-usage part of the survey to contact him. Hence my post above. There does not yet seem to be a website specifically for the word-usage questionnaire.

And as for the bananas, Flam_X, I think it was something about a fungus which could kill them all, something like the famous potato blight in Ireland which wrecked every potato in Ireland (more or less) because they were all genetically the same.


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#92904 - 01/25/03 10:25 AM Re: Canadian English survey
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Dear Anna(Betsy)Strophic,
Here's the letter I received in reply to my request for the suvey:
Hi Ann,
Thanks for your e-mail.
We'd be happy to send you a copy of our survey, or several, if you know other people around your area who might enjoy filling them out. It's often fun to compare respones with family, friends, or co-workers. It would actually be extremely interesting for us to get some responses from the
New Hampshire area, so we could see how word usage differs across the international boundary. Just let us know how many surveys you'd like, and we'll get them in the mail right away.

So there you go! I am still in God's Country where the temperature has been hovering around zero fahrenheit for a week. A few windy days and it was about 15 below (wind chill) !!!! Poor Pearl (Bichon) is getting cabin fever!
Meawhile graka' jbdlwieuw, vbwkoluqyduyegf ,zbbkbbxz bdjkq is beginning to make sense to me!


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#92905 - 01/25/03 09:58 PM Re: Canadian English survey
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it was about 15 below (wind chill)
Our weather warmed up considerably this afternoon for the first time in several days, so I washed my car; it was really awful-looking, with dirt and salt sprayed all over it. My hands did get a little cold. When I finished and came indoors, I found out it was exactly freezing. No wonder some of the water droplets turned to ice before I could dry them... I have since been officially declared unable to function in normal society.


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#92906 - 01/26/03 11:19 PM Re: Canadian English survey
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In reply to:

And as for the bananas, Flam_X, I think it was something about a fungus which could kill them all, something like the famous potato blight in Ireland which wrecked every potato in Ireland (more or less) because they were all genetically the same.


How can bananas all be genetically the same when we've got something like 20 different kinds of banana in Indonesia alone?

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#92907 - 01/27/03 05:41 AM Re: Canadian English survey
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20 different kinds of banana in Indonesia

I believe we're talking about Ugandan bananas here. There was an article about it on NPR news the other day. They mentioned that the bananas in question were seedless and propagated by, I believe, runners. They wanted to do some gene splicing with wild bananas but Ugandan law forbade them from bringing the wild bananas into the country.


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