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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
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Re: "English" questions by geordiegirl on 27 October 2008 8:39pm
There've been Cheerleaders on Tyneside for about 25 years, Kazzz. I've aassumed it's just a copy of American cheerleaders - a very bad one! - and you're supposed to go Ahhhhh even when the little girls are so embarrassingly and show-off-ly bad.
Re: "English" questions by bIG bLOGGER on 11 November 2008 5:11pm
Here's a strange word/expression for y'all..has anybody ever come across it,or used it in speech,or even been accused of being a :


(Apparently it started life as an acronym,coined by Nelson Rockefeller..so that's a clue)
Re: "English" questions by mrsthing on 12 November 2008 12:34am
From Wikipedia:

"An acronym for "Brotherhood Of Man, Fatherhood Of God". Nelson Rockefeller spoke so much of this theme in his campaign speeches, reporters started referring to it as his BOMFOG speech. Think content-free hot air, endlessly repeated."
Re: "English" questions by johnnythemonkey on 12 November 2008 7:33am
Ah...Wikipedia, the font of all bIG's knowledge.
Re: "English" questions by MMMmmm... on 12 November 2008 7:46am
What is the font of all your knowledge Johnny?
Re: "English" questions by johnnythemonkey on 12 November 2008 8:16am
St Patrick's High provided the basics, life provided the rest.
Re: "English" questions by bIG bLOGGER on 12 November 2008 3:07pm
I went to a Grammar School:that's why my grammar is so good. Wikipedia is a more recent comealong.
Re: "English" questions by johnnythemonkey on 12 November 2008 5:51pm
I knew your grammar.....she was an old slapper.
Re: "English" questions by bIG bLOGGER on 13 November 2008 3:26pm
What about my grammpar?

Did Michael Palin discover the 'palindrome'? ..Or was it ANNA PALINILAP??

It has always puzzled me why Americans talk of putting GAS in their autos,and going to the GAS STATION...in England,we talk of filling our cars with petrol(or diesel),from a Filling Station,and we reserve the word GAS for that stuff we use for central heating and cooking.
Re: "English" questions by mrsthing on 13 November 2008 11:34pm
We've always called it "gas" in America. But I do remember my father referring to "gas" stations as filling stations. If they had bays and mechanics, he called them service stations.

Those people lucky enough to have gas for cooking call it gas. And we call it gas heat, as well. (I've got an electric stove and an oil furnace with baseboard hot water heat.)
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