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  • Helen Brown

    Helen Brown March 7, 2006, 12:59 p.m. (Message 44524)

    RE: Swatting/swotting, was:Intros and recaps (was Taking the floor)

    Becky wrote:
    
    >Verb
    >1.swat - hit swiftly with a violent blow; "Swat flies"Verb1.swot - study
    >intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before
    >the final exam"
     
    >This isn't a usage common on this side of the Atlantic, but when I was a
    >girl in England we swotted before exams. This is the second time recently
    >I've seen the more used but wrong, in this case, word on this list!
    
    
    Ooops!   Sorry, not a mistake I normally make.   I have been suitably
    chastised.
    
    Mind you, watching people waving their cribs around to describe the dance,
    they could well have been swatting flies rather than swotting up the dance!
    
    Helen
    
    Helen C N Brown
    York, UK 
          

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