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Re: OT Caution!! IRA funding (was: English word order and bumper stickers)

From:I. K. Peylough <ikpeylough@...>
Date:Saturday, September 18, 2004, 20:31
On Sat, 18 Sep 2004 00:25:38 -0500, Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
>Roger Mills wrote or quoted somebody ???: >> > The word "America", in this context, was almost universally taken >> > by Americans to mean "the American government", whereas it was >> > almost universally taken by non-Americans to mean "the American >> > populace".
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>This problem is so bad now in Europe (by which is >mostly meant the Continent) that American papers are filled with >reports of travellers being instantly cornered to be used as sounding >boards for everything the locals don't like about America and Americans.
Heck, that's not really something new. Around 1979 I had an Iranian friend whose roommates were also Iranian. Whenever I was there, one of them would go on and on vehemently about America this and you that etc. I just agreed :) His english was so bad I couldn't understand most of it anyway. [[ In hindsight, I probably should have asked him to repeat it in Farsi. ]] Funny thing. They had a really great deal on the apartment, paying noticeably less than the going rate. Then one day their rent doubled. It seems their landlord was a cousin of one of the hostages. I
> ========================================================================= >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