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Odette Grille  Identity Verified
Canada
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Aug 19, 2003

Chose promise, chose due.

As an apology for the bad taste of the F...ng jokes, I hereafter present you with love quotes and an amusing anecdote from when I was young(er) and even (more) ignorant...

First, to appease the fire some of the F...g quotes have lit :
"The sound of a kiss is not as loud as a cannon but its echo lasts a great deal longer."
unknown author

One to light up our feminist crowd :
"A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks ; a woman looses hers after four kisses."

Lastly, one to show the client who has not paid your work that you are a good sport :
"A life’s worth, in the end, isn’t measured in hours, or dollars. It is measured by the amount of love exchanged along the way." (D.C.Means)

The amusing story :

A young immigrant to Calgary, Alberta, the first time I had to see a doctor, I phoned and asked the nurse for a "rendez-vous" with him. Only later did I understand why she chuckled...

In love and friendship
Aude


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Valentina Pecchiar  Identity Verified
Italy
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the more the merrier... Aug 19, 2003

Almost the same story here:

The first time I went to the UK I was 17: I must have looked and sounded daring indeed when I insisted with the nurse that I really needed a *date* with the dentist, that I really could not leave without it and could not wait any longer...

I still blush when I think about it...

And it must have been the following year that I upset my very British host lady upon my very arrival: I asked her if her husband could *knock me up* the following morning on his way to work - Of course, I just meant for him to *knock* at my door and wake me *up*...

Risky business, those prepositional verbs


odette Grille-Burgo wrote:

A young immigrant to Calgary, Alberta, the first time I had to see a doctor, I phoned and asked the nurse for a "rendez-vous" with him. Only later did I understand why she chuckled...



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Richard Benham  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 03:47
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Le boulanger.... Aug 20, 2003

I was talking in a German language class about the change in meaning of the French verb "baiser". A French female student started laughing uncontrollably, and recounted the story of a German exchange student in France (a friend of hers). The two girls were walking past a bakery, and the German girl saw some meringues in the window. So she went inside and said to the baker, "Monsieur le boulanger, je voudrais un baiser s'il vous plait...."

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RHELLER
United States
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potential consequences of expressions Aug 20, 2003

Thanks! Odette and Muja

Who said language is casual? Muja's example of idiomatic expressions shows that they can have long-term consequences

I asked her if her husband could "knock me up" the following morning on his way to work.

Rita


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Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
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wow! Aug 20, 2003

Muja wrote:

I asked her if her husband could *knock me up* the following morning on his way to work - Of course, I just meant for him to *knock* at my door and wake me *up*...

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LOL! That's a classical tale about the differences between British English and US English. A British teacher of mine (male) told us that he had made a bad impression with an American colleague (female), telling her something like "I'll knock you up tomorrow". So don't worry, mother-tongue teachers can make the same mistake too


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A little apple Aug 26, 2003

When I was in Spain as a student I happened to suffer from belly ache. My hostess offered me a "manzanilla" which I declined saying that I did not think an apple would help...

I guess we all could contribute endlessly to this topic

Cheers,

Diane


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Odette Grille  Identity Verified
Canada
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Let's... Aug 27, 2003

Cheers,

Diane[/quote]
Thanks Diane
\"I guess we all could contribute endlessly to this topic\"
And hopefully we shall...
Aude


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