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    stick to forty

    Hi

    The action takes place in England. One woman offers the other a lift. She says:

    I'll stick to forty all the way.’

    Is it 40 kilometers an hour?

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    Re: stick to forty

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    The action takes place in England. One woman offers the other a lift. She says:

    I'll stick to forty all the way.

    Is it 40 kilometers an hour?
    It's forty miles an hour in England.

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    Re: stick to forty

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's forty miles an hour in England.
    - a smidge over 60 kph, so not that slow.

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    Re: stick to forty

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    a smidge over 60 kph ...
    A what over 60 kph??

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    Re: stick to forty

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    A what over 60 kph??
    Smidge - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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    #6

    Re: stick to forty

    mutter mutter mumble.

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    Re: stick to forty

    I hadn't heard smidge before either. Smidgen, yes!

    Sticking to 40mph would either be a bit too fast, just right or far too slow depending on what kind of road you were travelling on.

    If that woman offered me a lift and promised to stick to 40mph but I knew we were going to be on the motorway, I'd turn down her offer!!

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    #8

    Re: stick to forty

    I didn't use the two-syllable version because I'd no idea how to spell it!

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    Last edited by BobK; 29-Jun-2011 at 22:52.

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    Re: stick to forty

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    mutter mutter mumble.
    Aw, c'mon! Online Etymology Dictionary dates it to 1905 (which, incidentally, is the year my father was born). And Online Etymology Dictionary supposes that it may go back to the Scots smitch (1822).

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    Re: stick to forty

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Aw, c'mon! Online Etymology Dictionary dates it to 1905 (which, incidentally, is the year my father was born). And Online Etymology Dictionary supposes that it may go back to the Scots smitch (1822).
    mutter mutter American English mumble mumble Scots gibber standards dribble drool.

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