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LINGUIST List 16.1253

Wed Apr 20 2005

Disc: New: Media, IHT Article and Gerunding

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        1.    Chas Mac Donald, Re: 16.1253164, IHT Article and Gerunding

Message 1: Re: 16.1164, IHT Article and Gerunding
Date: 13-Apr-2005
From: Chas Mac Donald <chas.ad-remtesco.net>
Subject: Re: 16.1164, IHT Article and Gerunding

I feel the author of the gerunding article has more blundered than 
anything else. It is a bit much for anybody to make statements like 'no
native user of English ever...' when there are so many Englishes
nowadays that that is very difficult to know.

However, I am Scottish and my first language is English, so here's a
few pointers.

A pressing subject or matter is quite a usual term in Britain. Putting
pressure on someone is also a perfectly normal term.

This native English speaker went footing every year of his young life.
First footing that is. The person who is first into your house after the
bells on Hogmanay (new year) is known as a first foot - the first foot in
the door. Thus the activity is known as first footing.

Bunkering, in Stirling where I live, is a term used in one of the local
fuel stations which deals with road haulage lorries. It means getting
their fuel, and they also refer to themselves as a bunkering operation
for that reason.

Hoping that this informing will be clearing up the confusing

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)

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