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Bill O'Boyle

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:39 am    Post subject: The Irish Funeral
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The Irish Funeral

A man was leaving a convenience store with his morning coffee when he noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery. A black hearse was followed by a second black hearse about 50 feet behind the first one. Behind the second hearse was a solitary man walking a dog on a leash. Behind him, a short distance back, were at the least 60-65 men walking single file.

The man couldn't stand the curiosity. He respectfully approached the man walking the dog and said: "I am so sorry for your loss. This may be a bad time to disturb you, but I've lived in County Cork all my life and I've never seen a funeral like this. Whose funeral is it?"

"My wife's."

''What happened to her?"

"She yelled at me and my dog attacked and killed her."

He inquired further, "But who is in the second hearse?"

The man answered, "My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when the dog turned on her."

A very poignant and touching moment of brotherhood and silence passed between the two men.

"Can I borrow the dog?"

The man replied, "Sure, get in line."
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PeterHolland

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:35 pm    Post subject:
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ROFLOL.

Dogs, the best friends of men.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:00 pm    Post subject:
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LOL - I wonder they never say, bitch (the best friend of a man)!
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply to: The Irish Funeral
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English is a funny old thing. I can write that previous sentence, for instance.

All dogs, whether male or female, are dogs. "I'm going to take my dog for a walk", "Look at that dog running!". Male or female, no different.

About the only time you'd refer to a dog as "bitch" would be to do with pregnancy, or something "technical".

On top of that, "bitch" related to humans is a bit unpleasant, so we don't seem to like hearing the word "bitch" at all.

This leads to confusion where people whose natural language is not English talk about a female dog in English - they translate literally, "How's you bitch today?", "She's a lovely bitch".

So, although A Man's Best Friend is his Dog, that doesn't mean his dog is not a female.
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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:57 pm    Post subject:
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The moment I write that, I knew it's gonna happen and tossed between "she-dog" (ad this a public Forum) and "bitch" - then looked at the tiltle of the Forum and just posted in... Point taken, Sir! icon_smile.gif
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply to: The Irish Funeral
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Anuj, it was far from a criticism of mine, it was an explanation.

Here we have caes (you have to imagine the tilde over the a as I have no time to find one now) and cadelas. It is perfectly routine for the Portuguese to use what can be literally translated into "bitch" all the time.

For the British, it is just strange. We have few enough male/female distinctions (our chairs and tables are always neuter) and even those (almost exclusively for living things) don't have to be used "correctly" unless the correct use is relevant to the information being conveyed at the time.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:59 pm    Post subject:
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To add something to Bill's explanation, there is more :

bitch session
bitching
bitch (in a card game)
bitch (a difficult problem)
bitch (for a gay person)
bitch (something remarkable)

etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:31 pm    Post subject:
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"Can I borrow the dog?"

The man replied, "Sure, get in line."


That's a very nice one.. icon_biggrin.gif icon_super.gif
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