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Re: Personal Conjugation based on Closeness

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Saturday, March 29, 2003, 15:56
Tristan McLeay scripsit:

> Unless usage differs outside of Australia, it's actually 'aunts and > uncles' (like 'black and white', 'husband and wife', 'mum and dad', 'fish > and chips', or 'knife and fork').
I have all these as well. I always think it's interesting, living in a large-Spanish-minority city, to see contrasts between English and Spanish in this department: "arroz con X" vs. "X with rice", e.g. At a guess, the Spanish expression reflects the fact that rice constitutes the majority of the dish, whereas the English one treats the other ingredient as the important one, to which the rice is mere background. -- John Cowan To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all. There are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --_The Hobbit_