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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:01 pm    Post subject: Hilarity! Reply with quote

http://www.ehow.com/how_8749869_can-speak-like-english-noble.html
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Sasha,

Yet another British/American difference:

"Utilize a more classy vocabulary of words. Replace "common" or unrefined words with a more tasteful alternative, such as using the word . . . "dame" instead of woman "

In "Merca", "dame" would be "slangy" - "AMERICAN INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED a woman. It is sometimes used in a humorous way, but many women find it offensive."

"There is nothing like a dame" from the musical "South Pacific:

"There is nothing like a dame. Nothing in the world. There is nothing you can name that is anything like a dame. There are no drinks like a dame.and nothing thinks like a dame. there are no books like a dame. And nothing looks like a dame. And nothing acts like a dame. Or attracts like a dame. There ain't a thing that's wrong with any man here that can't be cured by putting him near A girly female womanly feminine dame.

http://www.metrolyrics.com/there-is-nothing-like-a-dame-lyrics-south-pacific.html#ixzz1qnsYJTe3

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John
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always wondered if US servicemen didn't bring home the 'dame' from the Netherlands (and possibly Germany) after WWII. All of our staff meetings begin with 'Dames und Herren'....I still occasionally get a smile out of it.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably from German. That's where the Russians got 'Дамы и господа!', I think...
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spiral, are you mixing Dutch with German there?
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, both Great Dames and Great Danes come fro Germany Very Happy.

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John
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They travel to and fro...
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Sasha,

MMMMMMMM, forgot something, didn't I? Very Happy

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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Johnslat

They seek M here, they seek M there, they seek M everywhere!

Scarlet Pimpernelovich Sasha
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Spiral, are you mixing Dutch with German there?


I've been borderline for years. It's only a short bike ride to Germany Shocked Cool
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hippocampus



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reminds me of the song in the musical South Pacific:
'There is nothing you can name that is anything like a dame'
So true, so true...
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