Re: [bolger] Ditty
A point of accuracy - When the Jeff Gilbert's ditty
was recorded for posterity by Flanders and Swan, the
"The British, the British, The British are best,
I wouldn't give Tuppence for all of the Rest!"
There's more to Britain than just England - and we
Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish must accept our share
of the blame ;)
Seriously, though, I've never heard the 'penny'
classification for nails being used on this side of
the Pond. We simply talk about 6" nails, 4" nails and
so on. Probably (like many other things - such as
'Fall' for Autumn)dates back to the time of the
Pilgrims, and has carried on in US usage while
disappearing over here. Bill Bryson's "the Mother
Tongue" is well worth a read if you can get hold of
it. It's about the various versions of 'English'
spoken throughout the World - erudite but VERY
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- In a message dated 10/09/2000 4:<BR55:<BR45 AM
Eastern Daylight , Bill.Samson@... writes:> erudite but VERY
Do you mean "erudite AND very amusing"??? I normally wouldn't expect those
two concepts to be contrasted :-)
Agreed on that book.