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#48395 - 11/25/01 06:17 PM Re: Dixie humour Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,400 of troy
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I am with Jackie and Whitman on this one Dr. bill--we share a language, and there is enough TV and other sound-based media out there that we are not going to lose site of "car" even if Wow "Pahrks her cahr in hahrvahrd yahrd" and soda makers of all stripes are not going to go out of business even if all the sweeted, cabonated beverage Jackie drinks are called coke... even if they are orange or cream or lemon-lime.
i might say rode--ee--oh and my california daughter in law says row--dayo, but we both know what we are taking about, a rodeo. we can live with House ton being the proper way to say a ny street, and Hew-ston being a city in texas --and both are spelt Houston. there is no right or wrong way to say it.. there is a NY way, and Texan way.. both are right, and both are understood!
#48396 - 11/25/01 07:41 PM Re: homogeneity? Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858 wwh
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I am in favor of diversity, and against divisivenessh. This would not be a great country if it were all New Englanders.It is part of our good fortune that the horrid phrase "No Irish need apply" is no longer heard, and indeed would be illegal. But there are still bosses who discriminate against employees whose accent they dislike. In many places a complaint to the police may be fruitless if made in the wrong accent.
#48397 - 11/25/01 08:12 PM Re: homogeneity? Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,094 Jazzoctopus
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Cincinnati & Loveland, Ohio, U...
the horrid phrase "No Irish need apply" is no longer heard
Yeah, but this replaced it: http://www.thedaythatcounts.org/images/pc/p0352.jpg
#48398 - 11/30/01 09:28 PM Re: homogeneity? Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,814 Alex Williams
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An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman were the only survivors of a shipwreck in the South Pacific. After three days adrift they washed up on the shore of a nearly barren island. For the next 12 years, they lived a miserable, hardscrabble existence, eating only the few edible nuts and berries on the island and fish. Their hair and beards grew long, their skin became perpetulaly sunburnt, and their clothes rotted off.
One day they found a golden lamp on the beach. The rubbed the lamp, and a genie came out. The men were awestruck as the genie, in a booming voice, announced "I AM THE GENIE FROM THE LAMP. IN RETURN FOR FREEING ME YOU WILL EACH GET EXACTLY ONE WISH. THINK VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU WISH--AS SOON AS YOUR WISH IS UTTERED IT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY AND IRREVOCABLY GRANTED!"
The Englishman didn't have to think long. "I know what I bloody well want," he exclaimed. "I want to be off this God-forsaken island and back in London, with my beautiful wife Bess whom I've missed so dearly all these long, miserable years."
And *POOF!* he was gone.
next, the Scotsman spoke up. "I want to be back in Scotland! Back in Edinburgh with my wife and lovely children whom I've missed growing up all these years stranded on this stinking, festering, hell-hole of an island!"
And *POOF!* he was gone too.
The genie now turned to the Irishman, who looked anxious. "Oh...I dunno," he mumbled. "It's so hard to decide!" He looked around at the island and said, "I miss the guys. I wish they were back."
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