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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Rorschach » 20 Sep 2023, 09:51

C wrote:The difference between inquire and enquire.


I don't believe there is a substantive difference, in UK English at least.
We tend to use 'inquire' and it's related words for more formal situations (though 'enquire' is not a very informal word) but they are generally interchangeable.
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 Sep 2023, 10:30

Rorschach wrote:
C wrote:The difference between inquire and enquire.


I don't believe there is a substantive difference, in UK English at least.
We tend to use 'inquire' and it's related words for more formal situations (though 'enquire' is not a very informal word) but they are generally interchangeable.

The copy of the OED from the 1930s (micrographic text version published in 1971) I have states that they are both alternative forms of the same word. Inquire is listed with the full entry, under Enquire it states:

"The mod. Dicts. give inquire as the standard form, but enquire is still very frequently used, esp. in the sense to ask a question."

According to the Inquire entry, the word comes from the French, and the "half-latinised enquire" has co-existed throughout written records, such as in the Canterbury tales.
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Charlie O. » 20 Sep 2023, 14:23

Maybe C just just never realized that one begins with an I and the other with an E?
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 21 Sep 2023, 09:17

Someone should launch an ... umm ... someone should question this.
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby C » 21 Sep 2023, 15:09

Darkness_Fish wrote:Someone should launch a[n].


....stewards' inquiry?

or perhaps a stewards' enquiry.....?




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Postby C » 22 Sep 2023, 15:20

Chilli with a double 'l' is the preferred British English spelling. Chili with one 'l' is the preferred American English spelling. The Spanish-influenced chile is also used in the American Southwest




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Postby mudshark » 22 Sep 2023, 18:10

Chilli is so dead-wrong. Sily, even.
The only Chili the Brits know about is a concoction called Chili Con Carne, which doesn't have much in common with the real thing.
I had it once, in a pub in Great Yarmouth in '81 or '82. A most traumatic experience.
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Postby BARON CORNY DOG » 22 Sep 2023, 23:06

mudshark wrote:Chilli is so dead-wrong. Sily, even.
The only Chili the Brits know about is a concoction called Chili Con Carne, which doesn't have much in common with the real thing.
I had it once, in a pub in Great Yarmouth in '81 or '82. A most traumatic experience.


As in the pronunciation of pecan, one should defer to how they say it where pecans grow.
Why on earth Britishers have any claim on the spelling of chili is beyond me.

At this late date, "Chili Con Carne" is a horrible tautology that should be inexcusable.
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Postby Charlie O. » 23 Sep 2023, 01:47

BARON CORNY DOG wrote:At this late date, "Chili Con Carne" is a horrible tautology that should be inexcusable.

... if it weren't so DELICIOUS...
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby The Fish » 23 Sep 2023, 14:57

Charlie O. wrote:
BARON CORNY DOG wrote:At this late date, "Chili Con Carne" is a horrible tautology that should be inexcusable.

... if it weren't so DELICIOUS...


A Texan agrees......

We're way past rhubarb

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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby C » 23 Sep 2023, 16:19

That, apparently, the phrase 'spitting chips' [to be angry] originates from Australia

I thought it was an English phrase.

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Postby C » 23 Sep 2023, 16:28

The Fish wrote:A Texan agrees......



Excellent

Incidentally, chilli in Tamil

மிளகாய்

Two 'L's....!



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Postby Minnie the Minx » 23 Sep 2023, 19:28

Georgette Heyer used to smoke 80 cigarettes a day!
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Postby mudshark » 25 Sep 2023, 16:20

Hadn't been in Austin for several years (apart from a quick 'in & out' to watch Dweezil play in the Paramount in 2020, just before 'the great lockdown'). My word, how the place has changed over the past 10 years or so! The vast number of apartment blocks that are sprouting up, especially near the river, is of Floridian proportions, with the difference that, instead of geriatrics, mainly young whippersnappers seem to be moving in. From a sleepy hippie enclave the place has evolved (?) to become the vibrant center of yuppiedom. California in the Hill Country. The wife and I were by far the oldest patrons in the three or four places we ate and drank. It's only a 2.5 hour ride from Tomball, but the feel of in Austin is completely 'un-Texan'. I didn't know how much place had changed. We brought along the kids that still live with us (aged 35, 33 and 18) and now they have no greater desire than to move to Austin. I'll gladly lend them some money to help them on their merry way. The perfect win-win situation. I also didn't know that the Austin-Burnet-Austin train ride is completely run by volunteers and that it's quite a quaint experience. Another thing I learned: The Van Zandt Hotel (where we stayed) is named after Isaac Van Zandt, a politician and great-grandfather of the mighty Townes. I was hoping for some sort of connection between the hotel and greatest singer-songwriter Texas has ever known, but no sirree Bob. The closest the place gets to "country" is a picture of Uncle Willie in the elevator lobby of the fourth floor. I was slightly disappointed. Fucking Yuppies.
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Limpin' Jez McKenzie » 25 Sep 2023, 17:50

BARON CORNY DOG wrote:As in the pronunciation of pecan, one should defer to how they say it where pecans grow.
Why on earth Britishers have any claim on the spelling of chili is beyond me.


This is hilarious.
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby BARON CORNY DOG » 28 Sep 2023, 01:21

Sergei Eisenstein was born in Riga.
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Postby BARON CORNY DOG » 28 Sep 2023, 13:32

This is an Only Ones cover.
I suppose we all have our blind spots.
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Postby Deebank » 29 Sep 2023, 09:39

Elizabeth Fraser has had a comet named ‘Fraser’ in her honour - and rightly so!

Apparently it “will not collide with Earth for millions of years”.

I’d like to think that she is our ultimate nemesis.
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Minnie the Minx » 29 Sep 2023, 21:04

Look up the word bugger on Wiki.
The entry made me laugh out loud. I am pissed tho
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 01 Oct 2023, 09:06

Listening to Athletico Mince, I’ve heard them discuss a ‘bean rounder’ - potatoes and baked beans in batter - I would have been all over those at the chip shop but it’s the first I’ve ever heard of it!
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