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Re: CHAT: Our opinions of what can be called 'winter' (was: OT: Merry Christmas!)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 28, 2004, 21:45
Tristan McLeay scripsit:

> >As far as I'm concerned, it's Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, > >presumably for no > >more profound reason than that the new year begins in early winter. > > That ordering sounds broken, but I suspected as much. Thanks.
I think of them as spring, summer, fall, winter in that order. "Autumn" is well-understood, of course, but it's a foreign word.
> you're protected by your walls and doona (duvet, I think, is the > standard word, but I make no promises).)
Stores carry "duvets" in America, but in conversation they are referred to as "comforters". This is part of an elaborate double vocabulary: "bathroom tissue" vs. "toilet paper" (and for that matter "rest room" vs. "bathroom" for the place of the stool), "facial tissue" vs. "kleenex" (a brand name), and many other examples.
> It works very well with school uniform blazers because the > inner lining stays cool, but they're too heavy to work well for long.
That's something else Americans aren't familiar with: school uniforms. Since most people go to state-supported ("public") schools, uniforms cannot be imposed; they are considered a violation of the First Amendment right of self-expression. Private schools may and commonly do impose uniforms; a few public schools have attempted to impose them, but on legal challenge have had to retreat to recommending them. -- "But the next day there came no dawn, John Cowan and the Grey Company passed on into the darkness of the Storm of Mordor and were lost to mortal sight; but the Dead followed them. --"The Passing of the Grey Company"