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Re: arbitrary distinctions, was: The pitfall of Chinese/Mandarin

From:Tristan Alexander McLeay <anstouh@...>
Date:Sunday, December 9, 2001, 0:55
On Sat, 8 Dec 2001, Anton Sherwood wrote:

> Tristan Alexander McLeay wrote: > > Even I, a native English speaker who has never spoken > > a language without he/she/it, mucks them up, as well as > > brother and sister (so I normally fall back on `sibling')... > > How are you on left (no, your other left) and right?
Normally pretty good, but that's only because I remember to think and wave my hands around to work out which one I right with (my right) before I need to know anything like that. On the other hand, so long as I'm not underground, at the zoo or in a shopping centre (Am: `mall'), I can tell north really easily. Oh, and as far as I'm concerend, `write' is just a fancy way to spell `right' ;) Tristan War doesn't prove who's right, just who's left. - BSD Games' Fortune