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Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 7, 2003, 21:29
Mark J. Reed scripsit:

> True enough. Whenever an infinitive for "modal can" is called for, > "to be able to" is used. "To can" refers to the process of putting things > in cans. :)
More broadly, to put in vacuum-sealed containers of any kind: when ordinary people rather than factories can things, they generally use glass jars. Hence the jest "We eat all we can [are able to], and what we can't [eat], we can [in glass jars]." -- What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the John Cowan sound of a [Ww]all that people have stopped banging their head against? --Larry