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Monday, 08 September 2014


For the riddle, I came up with "still". Perhaps there are more than one (or two).

Hi Mike,

The Miata is known as the Mazda MX5 on this side of the pond. I was a passenger in one yesterday. It is a cheap to run fun car. And you don't have to know how to cope with sudden over-steer to drive it. The problem for us is that soft top in the winter - and most of the summer (although we are having a good one this year).
Good luck with the computers,

Bob Johnston (yes, really). Most of us Johnstons are in the Scottish Isles but I am in the middle of England.

What do you call a fish with no eyes?

A charity fundraiser mascot. With Sarah McLachlan singing in the background.

Mike -fish joke, really! With so many comedians out of work better stick to your day job.

I'm sure I won't be the first to point out that there are two English words that meet those requirements... the one that automatically comes to mind.

I know of another English word that can be used as a noun, a verb, an adverb and an adjective. It also starts with an f, but ends with a king.

What is the only word in English that can be used as a noun, a verb, an adverb and an adjective without changing its spelling?


Well ....

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

No idea.

What do you call a deer with no eyes or legs?

Still no idea.

And my favourite quote from the British version of 'The Office':

There's no "I" in TEAM, but there's a "ME" there if you look hard enough...

In Evan Hunter's "The Blackboard Jungle" (the novel, not the movie) there's a funny segment in which a student, called upon to describe to the class a certain situation, used another four-letter word beginning with "f" in probably as many ways as your four categories. Regrettably, that feat could not be performed without adding some endings to the word.

Verbing weirds language.

The word "fast" is also an auto-antonym. A word which has a meaning and also means its own opposite.
Fast means moving quickly, and it also means firmly fixed, immobile.
English is fun.

Then you get words which have incorrect uses forced upon them - usually by Americans!

e.g. the nonsensical term 'my bad'. You can't own an adjective!

The MX5 (Miata) - what a beautiful car. There are cars which are timeless and that's one of them.

A serviced block of land in an established area for $90,000?! You 'Murricans have it so good. Cheap cars, cheap land. In Oz that block would cost $350,000 and upwards (our dollars are about equal). A house would cost another $150,000 to $250,000 to build. The median price in my ordinary working class suburb is $520,000.

Count your blessings.

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