Re: CHAT: Smokes was Re: CHAT: postcodes
|From:||Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 25, 2002, 1:24|
On Tue, 24 Sep 2002 11:50:52 -0400
Roger Mills <romilly@...> wrote:
> At a party recently, there was a hard-core of 5 smokers (out of 40 or so
> people); it was outdoors, so no-one really complained. With the onset of...
> I suspect a poll ought be differentiate between Americans and Europeans;
> it's my impression that you-all haven't become quite as publicly paranoid
> about the matter as we have.
I think so too: you say about the party that "it was outdoors, so no-one
*really* complained" (emph. mine). To me the idea of complaining about
smoking while outdoors is unthinkable, unless the smoke is blowing into
your face, in which case you would move or ask the smoker to move; but I
can't imagine it ever being anyone else's business who smokes outdoors.
Indoors is a different matter obviously.
Of smale houndes hadde she that she fedde
With rosted flessh, or milk and wastrel-breed.
But soore wepte she if oon of hem were deed,
Or if men smoot it with a yerde smerte.
-- Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue 146-149.