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Re: those irregular prepositions

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Friday, June 23, 2006, 8:09
Gary Shannon wrote:
> > Ah, those Brits are an odd bunch, eh? It's obvious to > any mathemetician that "half ten" is five. I suppose > their cake recipes call for "a half and a cup of > flour".
Nah! We don't measure flour in cups (they ain't all the same size!) - Brit recipes have traditionally measured flour in pounds and ounces; in more recent years books also include weight in kilos (for big cakes!) and grammes. I know it's very quaint actually weighing flour, but there it is :) Nor do we say *"a half and a pound of flour" - 'tis "a pound and a half of..." or "one and a half pounds of..." In the good ol' days of predecimalized money, 1.5 denarii were "a penny ha'penny" or "three ha'pence" ;) -- Ray ================================== ================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760


Mark Reed <markjreed@...>