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#1774 - 05/02/00 07:58 PM Re: 1,000,000 air  
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Spot on - take the 1,000,000!


#1775 - 05/02/00 08:11 PM Re: Securing contestant's seat ?  
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tsu (is the diminutive OK?)

Oz is definitely Australia. I imagine it comes from Aussie to Ozzie to Oz but willing to be corrected by a real native. There was a magazine called "Oz" in the sixties (or was it seventies) but I don't think there was a connection.


#1776 - 05/02/00 10:08 PM Re: Securing contestant's seat ?  
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I've never seen the Australian Durex but I gather it's a transparent cellophane type tape like Sellotape in the UK. In the UK Durex is a brand of condoms made by the London Rubber Company (I kid you not. Rubber is not a slang british term for condoms.)


#1777 - 05/03/00 02:07 AM Re: Securing contestant's seat ?  
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>tsu (is the diminutive OK?)

let's see... the supreme universal... yeah, that works for me. besides wm is prolly too formal. (but we digress :)

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#1778 - 05/03/00 07:23 AM Re: Securing contestant's seat ?  
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Regarding Philip's last posting -

hence the problem British children have when they ask an American child if they can borrow a rubber (eraser).


#1779 - 05/03/00 07:25 AM Re: Securing contestant's seat ?  
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> but we digress :)

so what's new :)





#1780 - 05/03/00 07:44 AM Re: Securing contestant's seat ?  
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Very interesting thread, this. To tidy up a little loose end for me, tsuwm, I think your "duct tape" is the same as the Oz (and presumably UK) "gaffer tape". Can you confirm this?

Re: <BTW, got any hunches as you approach the century mark?>
Surely the most likely promotion for a journeyman is "master". If this is so I hope you would not consider it a demotion!

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#1781 - 05/03/00 12:50 PM Re: Securing contestant's seat ?  
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Some people, especially in Europe, use the term "gaffer's tape" in reference to duct tape. This use is incorrect. Gaffer's tape is, in fact, a completely different adhesive. It is more clothlike, usually black (though sometimes white), and its sticky stuff melts easily. In general, gaffer's tape is evil. [It would be just like the Brits to have a completely different name for duct tape (i.e., gaffer tape) to completely confuse both products. ed.]

BTW, germaine to this thread, duct tape could certainly be used for securing contestants' seats.

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#1782 - 05/03/00 12:54 PM Re: 'promotion' to master  
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no, wouldn't consider this a demotion... merely exiguous recognition.

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#1783 - 05/03/00 07:17 PM Gaffer Tape  
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Personally I think gaffer tape is wonderful. It's easy to tear pieces from the role and it can be removed with some ease. These properties make it a great favourite with musicians and theatres for temporary holding of microphone leads &c. in place. However, I don't know the origin of it's name. I know gaffer is a term for a leader of a group of workers and particularly in modern use a chief electrician and I suppose this is where the term comes from with regards to the tape. But where does gaffer originate and what is it's relation to gaff.


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