"Paul Sampson" <paul.sampson at zztradezone.co.uk> wrote in message
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> gregh wrote in message <7DLg4.4926$3b6.23145 at ozemail.com.au>...
> > "Paul Sampson" ... wrote in message
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> >> Adrian Ian Skilling wrote in message <85v35b$5nn$1 at trog.dera.gov.uk>...
>> >>> ... surely its obvious that it is
> >>> hard to express a concept or emotion that we don't have a word for.
> >>> could it be any other way !!
>> >> That's odd. I don't have a word for - and afaik *english* doesn't have
> >> word for - the left testicle of an orang-utan born on any sunday in an
> >> odd numbered year of the fifteenth century BCE. So I suppose I'm unable
> >> to express such a concept. Oh dear. That's that then. Rats.
>> > Strange. Looks like you just DID express it. Sometimes it isnt a WORD
> > amalgamation of them that does the same job.
>> Now I'm confused. Were you missing *my* irony, or am I now missing
> Troubling. Very troubling. :)
Do you have a word for that situation? ;-}
> > .. [T]he emotion "love" is expressed
> > as a different thing by different people but we generally accept it to
> > a common thing but definitive concepts such as you expressed above have
> > grey area.
>> Oh I don't know though. We'd still have to agree on what was meant by the
> tag 'orang-utan', on the wisdom or appropriateness of the application of
That depends on your culture. It is a label to English speaking people who
grew up with English but in that other language, it is actually also a
description..... "Old man" I think. Dont quote me.
> term 'sunday' with reference to a period long before its present
> obtain (did the concept of the 'seven day week' even exist then?). So
I suppose that depends on your level of either education or wish to find out
the root meanings of words or phrases. I was, as a kid like most kids,
interested in the Nordic Gods and I realise what Thursday thus represents
from that but my mother wasnt interested in that sort of thing so knew it
only as a label until I told her the other meaning (showing off as kids of 6
and 7 do a lot! ;-}). It could also show the level of accidental exposure to
other cultures. ;-}
> I imagine the concept of testicle to be reasonably robust over such a
> I believe there's still some scope for a little smallholding on the old
> acres. (I feel sure there must be a word for this kind of waffle.
I was thinking "fertiliser", myself. ;-} ;-}
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