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  • ombugge
    started a topic Only in America

    Only in America

    We have a thread here called "Only in China".
    I think it is time to have one for "Only in America", for good or for bad, or for plain stupidity.

    Here is a report from Washington Post to start it off:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...VmW_video.html

    You decide which of the three above categories this fits into.

  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    Why did they welcome Trump in California yesterday??
    They were hoping he would suck up so much hot air and oxygen that the fires would die.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... and to brag a little about how good he is (as in better than Obama): "we are going to have the best climate, the best floor in the forest...."

    Next year there will be no more forest fires, we will make concrete floor in all forests so that it will not burn anymore and will have a great climate.

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  • ombugge
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    Why did they welcome Trump in California yesterday??
    They were hoping he would suck up so much hot air and oxygen that the fires would die.

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  • wherrygirl
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    A very interesting question, Svein. I occasionally use "anyrate" but more usually "anyway". A point to note is that "anyrate" is usually preceded by the word "at". I tried Googling for the origin of the phrase and found that it dates back to the 1640's when British naval ships were divided into classes according to size and strength and referred to as first-rate, second-rate, etc. Later it was used from the point of view of currency exchange.
    https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/at%20any%20rate
    That site goes into long, bewildering lists of possible synonyms, so much so that there seems to be no actual "true" meaning nowadays, only the most popular in common usage. But at the right side there is an interesting account of the word's history.
    Also helpful, perhaps, is https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...sh/at-any-rate

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  • pakarang
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    As a self-proclaimed former hyerpolyglot, I'm also extremely interested and enthusiastic about languages - though my interest is mainly with (South East) Asian languages.

    Still, you are raising an interesting question, but I haven't even heard the word "anyrate" before. Do you mean "any rate" or "anyrate"?

    If someone comes up with a great backstory on this word, it would still be fun to learn.

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  • Sterkoder
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    I guess this thread will do for my question:

    I'm a little bit over mediocre interested in language, preferably the Norwegian one, but also others..., among them the English language with the american (US) twist, so to say.

    In many videos on YouTube where older people talk, interview or get interviewed (and by older I mean born in the 1930 and around that time), we can here them say 'anyrate', when they mean 'anyway'.

    What's the orign of 'anyrate' come from and is it kind of normal to use it instead of 'anyway'?

    Last time I heard it was yesterday, when I saw an old tv production "This is your lives" with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

    A man, the biggest comedian ever, Mr. Jonathan Winters, use it all the time. I have never heard him say 'anyway'.

    I just wonder, nothing else

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  • ombugge
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    From Washington Post today: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.025d5808fca8

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  • ombugge
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    I thought you wanted to talk about the weather??

  • pilotdane
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    66 shot, 12 dead in Chicago this weekend is on the news now. Who wants to come to the United States for a visit?
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    I don't recall if any of you follow me on Facebook but here is one of my posts from when my wife and I were in New Orleans earlier this year.




    Dane Deal is feeling annoyed.

    February 17 ·

    Gotta love (hate) New Orleans. Kelly Matthews Deal and I are walking to the WWII Museum. Two "guys" walk past and we hear gunshots. Turn and one person is down in the street and the two guys are running back towards us. All within 50 feet and a couple seconds. Caught in the open and gunfire... WTF were on F'ing vacation and running for cover.

    I am really impressed that two security guards, I assume from the museum, were already on the street and on the radio before the two running guys got to the corner.

    It's just starting to make the news:.


    About this article
    NOLA.COM
    Man shot in the Warehouse District: NOPD
    Police said the victim was shot in the 800 block of Magazine Street.

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  • pilotdane
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    Oh, come on. Let's talk about the weather.

  • ombugge
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    More on the crazy Qanon "movement" in today's WP:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...nl_most&wpmm=1

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...nl_most&wpmm=1

  • ombugge
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    I don't know if I should laugh, cry or go find a place to hide. This is the new Great America??:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.182d4e40ed4e

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  • ombugge
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    The America that you are not supposed to see, or even know about:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...nl_most&wpmm=1

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  • wherrygirl
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    Ther's a little bit more to the Queen than most people realise.

  • ombugge
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    During Trump's audience with the Queen several papers and media has remarked that she wore a broach given to her by the Obamas:
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a8452486.html

    I also thought that her choice of colour of dress and hat for the occasion MAY not have been entirely coincidental?
    (Blue is the colour of the Democrats in the US)

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