[rescue] Mainframe on eBay
velociraptor at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 11:01:04 CDT 2005
On 9/19/05, Shirker <shirker at mooli.org.uk> wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Sep 2005, velociraptor wrote:
> > Current etymological peeve: people who try to be snarky without
> > looking up their facts:
> > http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=conflate&x=0&y=0
> > Main Entry: con7flate
> > Pronunciation: k&n-'flAt
> > Function: transitive verb
> > Inflected Form(s): con7flat7ed; con7flat7ing
> > Etymology: Latin conflatus, past participle of conflare to blow
> > together, fuse, from com- + flare to blow -- more at BLOW
> > 1 a : to bring together : FUSE b : CONFUSE
> > 2 : to combine (as two readings of a text) into a composite whole
> Jeez, it was a joke based on the fact that that word is not in common (or,
> indeed, /any/ that I've ever seen) usage in the UK.
> I'll make it more obvious in future. <joke> tags be OK for you?
So it's ok for you to make fun, but not anyone else to? I found it
amusing that the stereotypical "we speak the King's English and
you Yanks have some low-brow dialect" dig was wrong, that's all.
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