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26530.  Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:32 pm Reply with quote

I mean! It's the most important thing in the world, this "pronunciation" lark. Brains, humour, wit etc., count for nothing if a man simply cannot pronounce a word.


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26532.  Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:36 pm Reply with quote

You tell them, Nat :)

26541.  Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:29 pm Reply with quote


I don't know which dictionary you consult for your quite interesting pronounciations but it is definitely not the Oxford English Dictionary.

26568.  Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:02 am Reply with quote

I mean, god, honestly. That was just thoughtless. Unkind. Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night shall stop me from burning his books, posthaste.

26581.  Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:31 am Reply with quote

I see you've been reading 'Going Postal' as well then, dotcom (I've nearly finished it at the moment).

26583.  Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:51 am Reply with quote

Rain nor snow nor glom of nit. The very same :P

26589.  Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:14 pm Reply with quote

By heck, I will tell them. Even if Stephen Fry happens to be wrong (which I very strongly doubt), why does it matter? I mean it's not like the "smart arse" is going to be banned from hosting QI from now on.

I'm off to eat my potartoes.

26674.  Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:36 am Reply with quote

Thanks Carl, you've managed to free up my brain for wondering about other useless information!

27071.  Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:38 am Reply with quote

Carl wrote:
Or even native australian?

Nah mate.
Black fellas, as opposed to white fellas. A purely descriptive term.

27082.  Sun Oct 16, 2005 2:10 pm Reply with quote

Where did you get "black" from? That's a bit random.

27272.  Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:53 pm Reply with quote

How so? Aboriginal people have dark skin.

27290.  Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:43 pm Reply with quote

Yes, and I'm being picky here, I didn't know they were black.

Dark-skinned maybe, but not black.

I may be wrong, in which case I'm sorry.

27296.  Tue Oct 18, 2005 4:27 pm Reply with quote

'Random' again - that's the cause of all the trouble. Australians always described Aborigines as 'black' fellas until very recently; that was just the word they used, Natalie - whether we like it or not.

27298.  Tue Oct 18, 2005 4:28 pm Reply with quote

So it all stems from the "original" use of the word "black". Okee.

Sorry about the "random" Flash. I just randomly use it :p

27371.  Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:35 am Reply with quote

Natalie wrote:
Dark-skinned maybe, but not black.

There are Aboriginal people who are black. The central and northern Australian tribes have extremely dark skin.

For example, one of Australia's most famous Aboriginal actors - David Gulpilil

As one gets further south, the tribes tend to have lighter skin but still reasonably dark.


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