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#211598 - 07/04/13 10:30 AM Limits to contraction
wsieber Offline
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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 1026
Loc: Switzerland
I found this phrase in a financial news bulletin:

The European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged Thursday, maintaining accommodative policy as the euro zone struggles to pull itself together after nearly two years of contraction.

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#211599 - 07/04/13 10:38 AM Re: Limits to contraction [Re: wsieber]
BranShea Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 5282
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Yes, but what is funny in this?

Contraction

NOUN:
*The act of contracting or the state of being contracted.
*A word, as won't from will not, or phrase, as o'clock from of the clock, formed by omitting or combining some of the sounds of a longer phrase.

*The formation of such a word.
*Physiology The shortening and thickening of functioning muscle or muscle fiber.
*A period of decreased business activity.

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#211608 - 07/04/13 05:12 PM Re: Limits to contraction [Re: BranShea]
jenny jenny Online   content
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Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1314
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
In the USA the phrase pull yourself together means to control your emotions so you can function, so I can see where the juxtaposition of phrases within "...to pull itself together after nearly two years of contraction" might be considered funny.

No? Oh well, I'll laugh anyway. laugh laugh

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#211612 - 07/04/13 08:07 PM Re: Limits to contraction [Re: wsieber]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 7210
Loc: Vermont
I just figured it was funny because contacting is already pulling together, no?
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#211615 - 07/05/13 01:31 AM Re: Limits to contraction [Re: wsieber]
BranShea Offline
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Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 5282
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Yes, I see, sorry wsieber. I didn't see it. :-) Sorry too this redundancy is a square reality.

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