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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:Padraic Brown <agricola@...>
Date:Sunday, February 17, 2002, 2:22
Am 16.02.02, John Cowan yscrifef:

> ObDigression: Normally the word "bee" refers to a cooperative > activity, not a competitive one. (An American immigrant once puzzled > his relatives back home in England by writing that his "house was > raised by a bee in a single day".) I wonder how in "spelling bee" > it came to mean "eliminative competition in spelling". > Ironically, with the collapse of such activities in most parts of American > society, "spelling bee" is the only usage of "bee" left.
Then I guess you really can't say the cooperative sort is the "normal" meaning... My mother used to host quilting bees here at the house. This was about 15-20 years ago, though. That's the _only_ other kind of bee I'm familliar with. That English fellow in your example would puzzle _this_ Merkin every bit as much as his rightpondian relations! And for what it's worth, quilting bees will always be with us so long as interested ladies (most usually) are willing to knock together something nice for the church bazaar's auction or raffle. What other things do you know of can be done by bees, apart from quilting and houseraising?
> John Cowan
Padraic. -- Gwerez dah, chee gwaz vaz, ha leal.


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