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  1. Casiopea's Avatar

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    #11

    Re: talis pater, talis filius

    You're most welcome, and I have a few question myself about ironical.


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    #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    You're most welcome, and I have a few question myself about ironical.
    Sorry but I don't quite understand.
    I'm really embarassed to ask you. Please, don't take it as an offence to your joke. I just don't understand what you mean in regard to the word ironical.
    Do you just want to say that ironical is incorrect?

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    #13

    Re: talis pater, talis filius

    My reply was in reference to your saying that you might start a new thread. If you start it, I will join in.

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    #14

    Re: talis pater, talis filius

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    My reply was in reference to your saying that you might start a new thread. If you start it, I will join in.
    The -ic/-ical issue has been discussed at some length in a fairly recent thread: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/li...vs-ical-3.html

    Further re "like father like son", there is also the more genealogical version "Bad blood will out".

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    #15

    Re: talis pater, talis filius

    Thank you both...

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    #16

    Re: talis pater, talis filius

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    Thank you both...
    It was a pleasure. Incidentally, when I said "genealogical" I was using short-hand. What I meant was that when someone has shown a vicious characteristic, some descendant of his or hers (several generations distant) will show the same characteristic.

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    #17

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It was a pleasure. Incidentally, when I said "genealogical" I was using short-hand. What I meant was that when someone has shown a vicious characteristic, some descendant of his or hers (several generations distant) will show the same characteristic.

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    I guess it can be used only for negative characteristics, am I right?
    Thank you

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    #18

    Re: talis pater, talis filius

    Correct. Bad blood.


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    #19

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Correct. Bad blood.
    Thank you once again...

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    #20

    Re: talis pater, talis filius

    You're most welcome.

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