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The Trickle - silly English

January 26, 2012 - Brian Ferry
So far, so good. I managed to sneak a Monty Python reference into my blog title. At least there are no knights in the story. Now the bad news. English is a silly language. Yes, it's the one I speak. Yes, I'd be annoyed if I had to learn another, but there are so many problems with it. I got an email recently that set me off. Actually, at first, the email didn't set me off, it simply confused me. This hockey related group of words was not from a source from which I would normally expect hockey information. The sender explained to me that "they" and I didn't really know who 'they' was, "resent the flyers." When I think about hockey, which isn't often, I'm a Penguins fan. So, resenting the Flyers seems normal enough. The source of the email would likely be a Sabres fan if he were into hockey (which I don't know). Again, normal enough not to like the Flyers. So, I'm confused. Who resents the Flyers? Why? It's hockey season, so something must have happened. Then I think about why this person might be contacting me. I'd been talking to him about a volleyball tournament. (I know, shocking.) Right, the tournament director sent out information about the forthcoming tournament. So, he was trying to tell me that the information (one printed page - a flyer) was sent again - resent. That made a lot more sense, but it didn't do much to improve my mood. Silly language.


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