Monday, September 25, 2006

Reaching across the Divide: An apology

Mea culpa. Peccavi, even.
 
Much as we are all entreated constantly to embrace diversity and reach out to others from wildly different cultural backgrounds, I am afraid that I have may have done untold damage in my attempts to "cross the pond".
 
Despite the fact that any fule kno that
"the US and UK are two nations divided by a common language",
I was not aware that our wayward younger cousins in the former colonies do not commonly use the phrase
"with knobs on"
for emphasis.
 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"with knobs on"

It was so unique and qualifying to
not 'poach'. :)

nbpundit
a younger over the pond cousin

james higham said...

Went to the link. Not convinced that gratuitous use of the f--- word, such as Emily employs, substitutes for good writing.

furriskey said...

James, you would find Carpsio testing then-

The Pedant-General in Ordinary said...

Furriskey,

Quite so. I suspect James would struggle with DK as well...

On a more general note, James, I suspect you may be having a teeny harrumph.

Whilst higher beings such as yourself may work out your frustrations upon a tricky translation of Thucydides into Sanskrit, us humbler lifeforms often favour a - ahem - simpler and more direct outlet.

:-)

nbpundit:

" to not 'poach'.

DO THAT AGAIN HERE AND I'LL HAVE YOU SWINGING FROM THE GIBBET.

Even if you do like it (the "knobs on" phrase that is, not the gibbet).

PG

Anonymous said...

Remember that swinging is for the
younger generations, sans the gibbet.
/no longer there olderndirt sort...

nbpundit


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