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    the apparent end of the ear

    The general reaction to the apparent end of the ear of cheap fossil fuel, as to other readily foreseeable curtailments, has been to delay any sort of reckoning. (quoted from George Chen's Talk on English Dictionaries, page 73)

    What does the apparent end of the ear mean?
    Last edited by sitifan; 07-Dec-2015 at 18:33. Reason: Put the original back
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    Re: the apparent end of the ear

    It's a typo. It should say "era".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the apparent end of the ear

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's a typo. It should say "era".
    Thank you very much for your reply. I have one more question.
    What does to delay any sort of reckoning mean?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: the apparent end of the ear

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    This seems to be another of those times that an OP has edited their post after it has received a response. It makes a nonsense of the response. I do wish people would not do that.
    Sorry. I edited my post BEFORE I saw emsr2d2's reply. I have edited my post again to avoid misunderstanding.
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    Re: the apparent end of the ear

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What does to delay any sort of reckoning mean?
    I am not a teacher.

    To delay doing something is to put it off till later. The reckoning here could mean one of two things, and they are both possible. Either it's referring to the calculation of something (costs, damage done, other effects), or it means something like bearing the consequences of our actions. The wider context would help us decide which it is.

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    Re: the apparent end of the ear

    The person who made that ear/era typo was presumably either a speaker of, or a student of, British English, as the two words are /i:ə(r)/ and /i:rə/. Watch out for this. In American English (throughout the USA?) 'era' (nearly?) rhymes with 'error'.

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    Re: the apparent end of the ear

    The meanings distinguished by Roman55 are often bridged by the metaphorical language of debt: 'You'll pay for this', 'I'll get my own back', the rather biblical 'There will be a reckoning'... - a bit like Santa's double-entry book-keeping of who's good and who's bad

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