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Re: CHAT: Explaining English to the Americans (was: Hymn to Ikea)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Thursday, February 26, 2004, 14:35
On Thursday, February 26, 2004, at 07:16  AM, John Cowan wrote:
>>> queue
>> Already encountered, but always jarring to see it used like this. >> It'd be >> like if you said "the readying of people waiting to claim one", >> meaning the >> same thing.
> I wish I said "queueing" (but I can't, of course, if I wish to be > understood); my native term "getting on line" (New York and > Minneapolis; > elsewhere "getting in line") is verbose by comparison.
Wow, i had no idea someplace other than NYC said "getting on line"... but when speaking about the line-formation as a whole, wouldn't the shorter "lining up" work too? -Stephen (Steg) "You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn't flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn't have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there." ~ _jonathan livingston seagull_ by richard bach