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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000861.txt from 2001/05

From: Richard Bush <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Biting?
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 18:50:48 -0400

that's cool. good post.

Shouryunus Sarcasticii wrote:

> On Tue, 29 May 2001, Tony Wakefield wrote:
> > Who "bites" man? I`m sorry but I haven`t a clue what you`re talking about.
> > I`m English. Are there several American meanings to this word which you are
> > using, which you do not bother to explain to the list properly.
> Essentially, it's a replacement for 'sucks'. The words bite/eat/suck/blow
> are kind of interchangable, used to toss out insults ("Bite me," etc) or
> to denote that something is not cool. ("That parking ticket was HOW much?
> Wow, that bites.")
> > I would like to see more Americans use and write English in a way which can
> > be understood by everyone on the list.
> How am I to know which phrases are not used by the British? Am I just
> supposed to assume that EVERY possible phrase I mention is foreign? I
> would spend more time defining the material in my posts than actually
> coming up with contributing material.
> > If it is an American "site" then
> > that is no excuse to use exclusively an Americanisation of the English
> > Language.
> Excuse? That's like saying I have no excuse for talking the way I talk,
> and I should alter my speech for every person I meet. I should be
> translating my posts (all of them) into the necessary romantic languages
> for our South American listmates and our continental European members as
> well (which, by the way, I didn't see you complaining when they post back
> and forth over the list in their own dialects).
> I posed a joke, a play on words, to another list member. If you didn't
> get it, all you had to say was, "I didn't get it." No need to beat me
> over the head with a big book and point the damning finger of
> Americanzation at me. If you have a problem with American english, fight
> your crusade elsewhere, and if you have a problem with the way I talk,
> take it up with ME, instead of casually casting judgement on all the
> Americans on the list.
> J. Shouryu Nohe
> Professor of SarCaSM102, New Mexico State Univ.
> "Never put passion before principle. Even when win, you lose."
> -Miyagi-san, KKpt.II

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