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Re: The determined verruca

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Monday, January 6, 2003, 23:48
Quoting daniel andreasson <danielandreasson@...>:

> bnathyuw wrote: > > > on the word verruca . . . is it much known in the > > states and elsewhere ? an american colleague of mine > > said he'd never heard of them, but they're well known > > in british primary schools ! > > I thought it was a common word. Even *I* know it, and I'm > Swedish.
In fact, it's vanishingly rare in most parts of America. It's so rarely heard that it doesn't even "feel" British to me, unlike _Nigel_ which is also exceedingly rare in America but (perhaps due to British television) "feels" British. Other names that have cultural attachments to me: _Adrian_ (for males, Australia) and _Travis_ (for Texas; this exists elsewhere, but there are *lots* of Travises in Texas). ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637