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#14824 - 01/06/01 05:35 AM but  
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Are we in Oz unique in our overuse/misuse of "but"?

Give you a typical example....

Question : "Do you like caramel?"
Answer : "No. Chocolate's not bad but"

Believe it or not folks!

stales




#14825 - 01/06/01 09:26 AM Re: but  
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In spite of intensive quarantine regulations being formulated and enforced vigorously by immigration and customs, it's crossed the Tasman. And it's as insidious as the possum ...



The idiot also known as Capfka ...
#14826 - 01/06/01 03:49 PM Re: but  
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Well, do you add anything after the "but"?

Does the sentence finish there or continue to clarify; or is your point that they should use "however"?




#14827 - 01/06/01 04:24 PM Re: but  
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>Are we in Oz unique in our overuse/misuse of "but"?

>Answer : "No. Chocolate's not bad but"

Usually when I am going to call someone that, I spell it with two t's.



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#14828 - 01/06/01 08:20 PM Re: but  
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Are we in Oz unique in our overuse/misuse of "but"?
Give you a typical example....
Question : "Do you like caramel?"
Answer : "No. Chocolate's not bad but"


But why the but?
wow




#14829 - 01/06/01 08:37 PM Re: but  
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Wow pleaded:But why the but?

Dunno. Might be anastrophe but.



#14830 - 01/06/01 08:44 PM Post deleted by musick  
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#14831 - 01/06/01 08:54 PM Re: but  
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>"No. Chocolate's not bad but"

the anastrophe explanation makes more sense....
no; but chocolate's not bad.


#14832 - 01/07/01 12:22 AM Re: but  
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I have it on irrefutable authority that this is a manner of speech, used in a similar way to how some Canadians add
"eh" on to the end of a sentence. Rhetorically, I reckon, eh.


#14833 - 01/07/01 12:34 AM Re: anastrophic 'buts'  
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out is the jury on this one....

I'm thinking it may be a way to ameliorate what you say, so as not to cause undue offense, as in the rising intonation at the end of a sentence, apparently originating in Oz but having gained widespread use(age) among American teen-age girls in the last decade....(?*) ['awaiting wet-noodle flogging' emoticon]

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*insert rising intonation here


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