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Saturday, 22 November 2003
encore le brouillard

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This past week the weather was mild but pretty miserable, except for Friday when we had some sun.  I took this picture one morning early in the week at chez Wolff. There seems to have been more fog than usual this year. There was also some in the evenings when we have driven into Strasbourg (for a meal/drinks one evening, and for the movie last night).

I have been toying around with giving bluemeanie.org a geographical location, at geourl. This is quite nifty, because you can find other websites, blogs, etc. nearby you. There is one drawback of course, as I share this site. So do I use bluemeanie and pinkie’s location, or do I use mine. And then I travel around a bit, so I don’t like the idea of giving bluemeanie.org one single location.  Well that is something to think about.

I found a site (with an associated mailing list) called World Wide Words. This is a brilliant site for me, because it gives lots of information about English words and phrases: what they mean, where they originated, how they have changed over time, and how they are currently used and misused.  An interesting review at this site (of the book Convict Words by Amanda Laugesen) indicates that some pretty old English words and expressions, that we now think of as English or American in origin, actually originated in Australia (for example, hard labour or chain gang).

I was also interested in words with a Malay origin, after finding out a few years ago that the Afrikaans word for banana, piesang, was the Malaysian word for this fruit too.

Posted by bigblue on 22/11/2003 at 12:44 AM
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Thanks - I love the World Wide Words site.  Some of our ancestors come from Norfolk and I when I heard it, I noticed that the dialect is close to Afrikaans - common ancestor in Old Flemish, apparently.  Gogo.

Posted by gogo  on  22/11/2003  at  09:25 PM

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