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    Default Re: Grey squirrels and cultural imperialism.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Some people despise the word and think we should say tomato sauce instead. You can find some more here: U and non-U English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I saw a red squirrel last year in the Lake District- the first I've seen in the wild for many years.
    Thank you for the link. It was interesting. I was particularly amused by "Pardon?" included in the "aspiring middle class" column. It's one of my pet peeves -- I hate it when people say it.

    I was also amused by this: Ketchup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The word entered the English language in England during the late 17th century, appearing in print as catchup (1690) and later as ketchup (1711). The following is a list of early quotations collected by the Oxford English Dictionary.

    • 1690, B. E., A New Dictionary of the Terms Ancient and Modern of the Canting Crew
      • Catchup: a high East-India Sauce.
    Isn't 300 years enough for the word to become acceptable?


    PS was the squirrel armed and dangerous? was it ravaging the linguistic ecosystem?

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    I'm very much used to pardon as it's a direct borrowing from French: pardon... If they do it, we can surely do it. ;)

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    I'm very much used to pardon as it's a direct borrowing from French: pardon... If they do it, we can surely do it. ;)
    It makes me gag when people say it just to sound refined.

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    Default Re: Grey squirrels and cultural imperialism.

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post

    Isn't 300 years enough for the word to become acceptable?
    It's probably just about ready to become a parvenu.


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    PS was the squirrel armed and dangerous? was it ravaging the linguistic ecosystem?[/SIZE]
    It was charging across a graveyard. It didn't complain about insidious Americanisms or grey invaders.

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