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#1646 - 05/11/00 07:29 AM Re: Redundancies  
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<plastic silverware>

Isn't it interesting how words always seem to be in danger of developing new, distorted and unwarranted meanings. (I'm a pedant from way back). I fear that glass is in great danger of becoming synonymous with "transparent drink container" as in the phrase "plastic glasses", which I heard used just the other day.


#1647 - 05/11/00 12:16 PM Re: Redundancies  
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Well, the discussion about redundancies has shifted to one about oxymorons. But that's OK.
How's this one for ya: (this one falls under the redundancy catagory)

"buried beneath"


#1648 - 05/11/00 06:45 PM Re: Redundancies/Oxymorons  
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I need an Aussie or Kiwi here.

A friend was living over there in the Antipodes.

She said she realised that fridges and kitchen appliances were called whiteware - are blue fridges called blue whiteware?

Also, linen was called Manchesterware - so you could buy Egyptian Manchesterware towels.

Is she right?


#1649 - 05/12/00 07:56 AM Re: Redundancies/Oxymorons  
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Yes, here in New Zealand large appliances are called whiteware, regardless of their colour. The linen on one's bed is known as Manchester, as are the towels! Generic term. That's not unusual, as the same terms are used in South Africa. Go figure!


#1650 - 05/12/00 08:44 AM Re: Wares  
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White ware is a common term in the English trade for kitchen domestic appliances, black (or sometimes grey) ware is also used for non kitchen electrical goods. I don't know if beige ware was adopted as a generic term for computer hardware (I doubt it.). Also interesting is the occasional use of the term wetware to describe computer programmers or operators (those brains contain wet blood).

There's a zoo that has a pack of wolves. The leader of the pack is called Were (as in werewolf) but when I heard this I thought that the leader should be called Aware, the second in command Beware, the least furious software, the most furious hardware. Any further suggestions?


#1651 - 05/12/00 11:53 AM Re: Wares  
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the sleepiest wolf: una-ware
the one who puts on airs: De-la-ware
the one w/ the thickest fur: hotware
the one w/ the shiniest fur: silverware


#1652 - 05/12/00 12:27 PM Re: Wares  
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You just never know where a subject can wander off to, do you???


#1653 - 05/12/00 01:38 PM Re: Wares  
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The one who puts the food away would be tupperware.


#1654 - 05/12/00 02:12 PM Re: Wares  
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this too shall pass
I'm not even going to go where underwear and nowhere could lead....

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#1655 - 05/12/00 06:11 PM Re: Wares  
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The athletic one is sportswear.
Would the difficult wolf be hardware?



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