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    #21

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    Silver, you could tell the youngster that it's rude
    (Possibly pointless.)
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    #22

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    He would or would not understand.
    That covers all possible territory. You could say:

    Maybe.
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    #23

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi JK,

    I agree with you. I notice that you're in China. No wonder you've met kids like my cousins. I've been teaching kids English for a few years. A few years ago, a fifth grader said "F**k" and that really took me aback. I then learned that he picked up the word in some English movies. Yes, electronic devices have become a large part of kids' lives here. I've been thousand times that young children play cell phone or some other devices here. It's effortless for them to learn words and phrases that way.
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    I learned that he picked up the word watching movies in English

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    Thousands of times I've seen youngsters play games on their cell phones or some other devices.
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    #24

    Re: an ominous thing to say

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    ominous is not the right word at all. There appears to be no connection to omens in any way.
    Silver may have heard the word odious somewhere.

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