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    Red face in a draft, without a hitch

    • sitting in a draft will cause cold
    Can I use draught to replace draft?

    • The upgrade to our server is completed without a hitch
    What does it mean of without a hitch?
    Can we say with a hitch, what does it mean?

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    Re: in a draft, without a hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    • sitting in a draft will cause cold
    Can I use draught to replace draft?

    • The upgrade to our server is completed without a hitch
    What does it mean of without a hitch?
    Can we say with a hitch, what does it mean?

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    In BrE, "draught" is often used for "draft". I assume it is OK in this use.

    "Without a hitch" means "without any problems". We don't use the positive form in that context.

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    Re: in a draft, without a hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In BrE, "draught" is often used for "draft". I assume it is OK in this use.

    "Without a hitch" means "without any problems". We don't use the positive form in that context.

    'Draft in BrE is used to describe a written work that needs refining, like a 'draft letter' or 'first draft', 'second draft' etc "I'm going to draft a letter", meaning I am going to put my thoughts in writing and will adjust and modify it before i send it. The finished article would be a 'final draft'

    Draught (pronounced draft) is a breeze coming under a door or through a window. "Don't sit in the draught" or 'It's draughty in here"

    Also applies to a heavy horse used for pulling a cart - a 'Draught Horse'

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    To drink. 'He took a draught of beer'

    Beer can be served 'on draught', meaning it is pulled by pump from a barrell

    also a board game 'Draughts' ( AmE checkers)

    It's a wonderful language!

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    Re: in a draft, without a hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    'Draft in BrE is used to describe a written work that needs refining, like a 'draft letter' or 'first draft', 'second draft' etc "I'm going to draft a letter", meaning I am going to put my thoughts in writing and will adjust and modify it before i send it. The finished article would be a 'final draft'

    Draught (pronounced draft) is a breeze coming under a door or through a window. "Don't sit in the draught" or 'It's draughty in here"

    Also applies to a heavy horse used for pulling a cart - a 'Draught Horse'

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    To drink. 'He took a draught of beer'

    Beer can be served 'on draught', meaning it is pulled by pump from a barrell

    also a board game 'Draughts' ( AmE checkers)

    It's a wonderful language!
    We use draft" for all of those, except, of course, checkers. Simpler.

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    Re: in a draft, without a hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    We use draft" for all of those, except, of course, checkers. Simpler.

    lazy!

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    Re: in a draft, without a hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    lazy!
    That's us!

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    Re: in a draft, without a hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
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    Draught (pronounced draft) is a breeze coming under a door or through a window. "Don't sit in the draught" or 'It's draughty in here"
    Also applies to a heavy horse used for pulling a cart - a 'Draught Horse'
    Also
    To drink. 'He took a draught of beer'
    Beer can be served 'on draught', meaning it is pulled by pump from a barrell
    ...
    That's where the G comes from - drag comes from the same root. With movements of air it's not so clear, but if you've got a mass of cold air and a mass of hot air, you can see where the idea fits in.

    b

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