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Old 7th November 2007, 18:52   #346
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Sounds like something from a rap song!

I think Sam's the Man --- to set it to music.

(if you can call rap 'music;!)
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Does anybody know, what "bitch of a yoke" means?
If the yoke was proving unsuccessful at holding the farmer's two oxen together, the farmer might curse under his breath (or even loudly), "What a bitch of a yoke"!
This is not polite usage and should be avoided by gentlemen.

Gentlemen should say something like "I'm not entirely happy with the way this yoke fails at serving the very purpose it was designed for. Soon, I shall lose either my oxen or my sanity"!
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Old 7th November 2007, 19:57   #348
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It's a good thing the moderators have given us a little leeway here.
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Gentlemen should say something like "I'm not entirely happy with the way this yoke fails at serving the very purpose it was designed for. Soon, I shall lose either my oxen or my sanity"!
(I think the i know the kind of gentlemen (read "fairy") that you speak off)

GENTLE MEN .. hahahhaah
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(I think the i know the kind of gentlemen (read "fairy") that you speak off)

GENTLE MEN .. hahahhaah
Indeed Sir, there is an old adage: It takes one to know one! ..hahahhaah

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Old 7th November 2007, 21:25   #351
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Here's one back on topic, though. On another forum (an Indian one) I read today that someone felt that a particular charge should be waivered.

I don't think there's any such word --- surely it should be waived?
oh that's nothing, I have even heard widespread use of "goalkeepering"
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I have even heard widespread use of "goalkeepering"
Yeah, that's funny. People often get confused between keepering and keepening!
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One of the worst I hear (too often ) is

"We are looking for sponsorers"
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If you are around Mallus a lot, you'll meet quite a few who are very particular about getting things done "recordically".
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Old 7th November 2007, 22:30   #355
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"We are looking for sponsorers"

That's possibly because they are looking for more than one sponsorer, O Yeti!
And because they are Swedish.
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"Mera license expired ho gaya yaar, renovate karne jaa raha hun".
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@Sam - I have no idea what it means, that is why I asked here.

This phrase was used in a chatroom by an Irish colleague of mine. I don't have the context, so I guess it is useless to try and find the meaning, then.

Just wanted to know if it was a commonly used phrase and if yes, the meaning, that's all
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fella's i wouldnt worry about your english, i am english born and bread and you guys use it better than i do, it took me 6 months to realise this was even an indian forum, i started to notice everyone was from india and then thought thats a little strange so i took a closer look at the logo and noticed "redlining the indian automotive scene".

i personally think us english and others that use english as a first language are pretty lazy, the rest of the world goes out of the way to learn the english language and then even worry about how to use it properly while we just sit there and expect everyone to learn our language.

anyway like i said you all do a great job with your english.
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Yes... I'd agree with that absolutely.

Even grammar and the theoretical aspects of our English Language have not been taught much in English schools for decades. I learnt it, but have mostly forgotten.

I guess that when one learns a new language, it is necessary to study its structure; the language one grows up with just sort of seeps in!

Journalistic language, the English that people read with their breakfasts, has always been bad. The BBC used to set an example, but has now been 'dumbed down'. If you want to see really bad English, look at the BBC News website; some of the headline links are incomprehensible!

Its true that the English here is mostly pretty good. I really appreciate the moderators' decision not to allow posting in SMS (text message) talk, which is one of the worst things ever to happen to our language.

But this thread is nice for fun, for curiosity, and for putting ourselves right on some of our regular mistakes and misunderstandings.

(oh dear: not only a sentence, but a paragraph, started with 'But'; that is very bad! Now I'm going to start one with 'And', just to really show how things shouldn't be done )

And yes, Tin... I'm another native Brit, although living here in India.
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One of the worst I hear (too often ) is

"We are looking for sponsorers"
Similar to what I hear at times - "He is my neighborer". Annoying, to say the least.
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