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    Default what is groundhog year ?

    Dear all,

    What is groundhog year ?

    I tried to google it but no result so far

    Many thanks

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    Default Re: what is groundhog year ?

    see this :

    Groundhog year for NCHD overtime

    http://www.imt.ie/features-opinion/2...-overtime.html

    many thanks

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    Default Re: what is groundhog year ?

    Very interesting! I've never seen this expression before. I found other uses of it here and here.

    The only article I really understand is the first one, about football. Arsenal had a chance at 4 trophies after 5 years without any, and suddenly they found themselves out of all the competitions in a period of a few weeks. So I think it's something like a false dawn.

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    Default Re: what is groundhog year ?

    Not a teacher.

    They are saying that every year is like the one previous.

    It is a reference to the film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray.

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    Default Re: what is groundhog year ?

    I agree- with Arsenal, they repeat the same mistakes every season, so instead of they have groundhog years instead of days- it's the same idea with a different time reference.

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    Default Re: what is groundhog year ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drear Pooson View Post
    Not a teacher.

    They are saying that every year is like the one previous.

    It is a reference to the film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray.
    Possibly - probably even, as that film made many of us aware of the belief that underlies the film: Groundhog Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - a day after which things won't change; the film conveniently lost sight of the 'for another six weeks' part of the belief.

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    Default Re: what is groundhog year ?

    No, Bob. In the movie he woke up again and again and again on the same day. If was groundhog day (Feb 2) every time - same song on the radio when he woke up, same greetings by the same people, etc. It had nothing to do with the little guy's prediction about six more weeks of winter.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: what is groundhog year ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, Bob. In the movie he woke up again and again and again on the same day. If was groundhog day (Feb 2) every time - same song on the radio when he woke up, same greetings by the same people, etc. It had nothing to do with the little guy's prediction about six more weeks of winter.
    Perhaps I'm giving the writer credit for too much imagination, but I have a feeling that the idea of 'things [the weather] not changing' gave rise to the idea of 'things [McMurray's character's world] not changing'. But I do agree that 'Groundhog Year' does refer to the film.

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    Me too!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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