Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 10:03:44 -0500
From: "Nutmegger" <>
Subject: Re: 1985 2 door turbo aero silver

"Malcolm" wrote::: > Paul expounds: > > >What do they call "gas" (as in the gas, rather than petrol) over that side > >of the pond, anyway? Hmmm, it's as confusing as "fries" and "chips". > > Don't you mean "crisps" versus "chips"?????? > > Or "chips:" v. "fries" Until recently fully addressed as "french > fries" but now are refered to as"FREEDOM FRIES" Yeah, fed to Congress in the cafeteria, or so I heard. It's really stupid if you ask me. I have certain questions regarding the French, but to rename French Fries?! > > "Gas" oir gasoline is possibly a more sensible term .One might > consider it, etymolgically, to me a volatile fraction or derivative, > even a dimitnutive I sometimes say: "Fuel" which could mean anything actually. >Whereas "petrol" is simply a contraction of > petroleum which is " produced from rocks". So are diamonds. > > While on this subject, can you explain :"boot", "bonnet" or "wing"? > "Trunk", "hood" and "fender" are more easily seen to derive from the > parts function. I get so bloody confused. :-) > > And, ,why do Brits, and some others, insist on "labour" when the latin > from which it directly translates is "LABOR" as in:" labor omnia > vincit" , a really dubious attitude. Or, in spelling "center" (which > is an older English form) "centre". Is this a French pretension? Or colour? There are a few more that escaped me right now...but I consider it in love with the "U" > > How can one take a nation seriously when they eat their food out of > yesterday's newspaper. We reserve that for garbage or trash. Take your > pick. You're going to be told "Sod off"

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