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  • L. Friedman-Shedlov

    L. Friedman-Shedlov June 1, 2006, 8:26 p.m. (Message 45449)

    Re: Divided by a common language (was Reels and Hornpipes)

    > While I agree with your "point taken" because the usage is not common,
    > I fail to understand why this should have been a problem. While the
    > expression is so common in Scotland today as not to be considered
    > "twee", it is from middle English, not Scots, and appears in American
    > dictionaries.
    
    Well, whether it makes sense to you or not, all I can tell you is that 
    people on our board (all of whom are reasonably well-educated) did not 
    understand it.  Perhaps they should have availed themselves of a 
    dictionary, but I guess it's one of those words that doesn't look quite
    strange enough to send you to a dictionary.  They assumed it was a 
    Scottish usage.
    
    / Lara
    
    
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