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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Saturday, February 23, 2002, 1:42
Aquamarine Demon scripsit:

> Hehehe... spelling bees...
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. -- John Cowan To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all. There are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --_The Hobbit_


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