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From: The Highlander <>
Subject: Re: Diana, Princess Of Wales & Continuing Mindless Celebrity Worship
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 14:37:30 GMT
On Sat, 06 Oct 2007 17:49:24 -0300, Leticia Cluff
>On Sat, 06 Oct 2007 20:19:58 GMT, The Highlander <>
>>On Fri, 05 Oct 2007 17:53:28 -0700, Citizen Jimserac
>>>On Oct 5, 12:47 pm, "a.spencer3" <> wrote:
>>>> "Citizen Jimserac" <> wrote in message
>>>> What pretentious claptrap, whatever one thinks.
>>>Claptrap! What a delightful word! My ideas have been
>>>assailed with a variety of invective, stern disapproval,
>>>hysterical opposition, denunciation and utter dismissal
>>>but never "claptrap" before!!!
>>Surreyman has recently "discovered" Charles Dickens...
>Just out of interest, I checked to see whether the word "claptrap" was
>particularly Dickensian. Among all the useless information available
>on the net, there's an online concordance of all the novels of
>Dickens, a total of 4,371,247 words, and sure enough Boz *did* use
Woukd I lie to you? What more could you want - page after page of
Dickensian characters saying "claptrap"?
I remember when the people of Tristan da Cunha (Coordinates:
37°6.38?S, 12°17.14?W)were evacuated from their island by the Royal
Navy in 1961 because of their local volcano erupting and were landed
at Portsmouth (?) to be welcomed by a reporter from the BBC, who asked
one man, "How are you?"
To my disbelieving joy, the islander replied, "Werry vell, thank ee!"
Pure unadulterated Dickensian dialect, straight from the pages of
Oliver Twist! All the islanders spoke in the same manner - voices from
the days of Waterloo.
I take an keen interest in your quaint language.
When I visted Nova Scotia, I heard a Gaelic spoken that has not been
heard in the Highlands since the days of Culloden Moor. Gaelic
diaclects are still heard in Scotland, the United States, Australia,
Argentina, esp. Patagonia, (200 Gaelic speaking families) Cape Breton,
(Nova Scotia) Australia, Moscow, Russia and Astana and Almaty,
Kazakhstan; all places where Highlanders settled. Indeed, I once
attended a Gaelic church service at the Scottish Church in Paris.
http://www.gaelic.ru/ (Moscow Gaelic Society.)
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