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what's in a name: ******

"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."--from 'through the looking glass', l carrol


I thought of michelle when I first saw this, only because that is her last name

we named an old stray mother cat for veterinary purposes: 'grimalkin'

that lasted about an hour. she became 'mother cat' or 'em c' or 'emmy' for the rest of her days

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Impenetrability! That's what I say!

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(NT) "Would you tell me please, what that means?"

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Now you talk like a reasonable child.

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(NT) now you look very much pleased, tell me more

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Other Malkins --

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and merkins. from your link, ya learn somethin everyday:

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Gammon is what they still call ham in Britain.

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It took a bit of getting used to, and its not one of the words that stuck, and that I still use quite naturally. I now call elevators lifts unless I remind myself beforehand to call them elevators, and petrol has replaced gas for the car. Its not conscious, indeed its quite the opposite, it just seems ingrained somehow.

The word grimalkin or greymalkin appears in the first few pages of Macbeth if memory serves. Its a nice old term that I quite like.


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words that shorten a longer word I prefer unless I am feeling pretentious. we stopped calling our cat grimalkin because it was not comfortable on the tongue and does not sound endearing.

the use of 'tube', 'tele', 'pub' and others you must hear I like.
'elevator' sounds more mystical than 'lift'

'aluminium' (sounds too tory to us rebels) and the pronunciation of 'issue' (sounds too nancy) are not my cup of tea

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