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22 Nov Riddle

 
Angela Poynton
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We capture light, and yet we don't.
We reflect rays of sun, and yet we don't.
Without us all the world is gray and dull for everyone.
What are we?

too easy! Really am going to have to find a better source
 
Andreas Johansson
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Colours?
/Andreas
 
Angela Poynton
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Correct Andreas ... and you spelt it the English way!! Extra points!!
 
Andreas Johansson
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Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
Correct Andreas ... and you spelt it the English way!! Extra points!!

Mhm. I, try to use British English when I can. Since it is the "real" or at least original English. =)
 
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What is the probability that this thread will turn into a discussion on what "real" English is?
 
Andreas Johansson
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Originally posted by Nanhesru Ningyake:
What is the probability that this thread will turn into a discussion on what "real" English is?

Oh. But if I add "IMHO" somewhere in my message, then I hope that no one will be offended. :-)
/Andreas
 
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I do not know if there is any thread of truth to this, and I suspect there is no way of verifying, but I have heard that the accented English used in the north eastern United States is actually closer to the accent held by the British during the colonial period than that of the English as spoken in the UK today. In other words, English as spoken in the UK has changed more than English as spoken in the states. Who knows? Who cares?
 
Angela Poynton
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Well just like in the USA the UK has many accents coming from different regions. You only have to go 15 miles from my home town and there's another town with an entirely different accent.
However the spelling thing gets me down sometimes. For instance as a programmer i have to spell colour as color, personalisation as personalization to name just a few.
The worst thing is that it is a rule that all of our documentation has to be written in British English, I've been doing a lot fo work lately with WebLogic Personalization Server and dealing with issues such as Internationalization. it gets very confusing when I read all the documentation on this stuff in American English then have to write about it in UK english. Technically the WebLogic Personalisation server doesn't exist.
[This message has been edited by Angela Poynton (edited November 23, 2001).]
 
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Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
Well just like in the USA the UK has many accents coming from different regions. You only have to go 15 miles from my home town and there's another town with an entirely different accent.
In "Pygmalion", Professor Higgins claims that he can tell where an English person was born to within a block just by their accent.
 
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