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    Re: Language and communication.
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2007 Mar 22, 18:23 -0400

    > From: "George Huxtable" 
    > Bill, imagine yourself into the place of a Brazilian or a Scandinavian
    > who, translating dictionary in hand, tries to understand this
    > sentence-
    > "I went through the trauma of the sea monkey kit being brine shrimp in
    > my youth."
    Excellent point George, and one I will keep in mind.  In fact, Frank jogged
    my memory and I believe in my youth the brine shrimp were actually sold as
    "seahorses" then later as "sea monkeys."  Even that reference changes
    depending on age. Not that it helps cross-cultural communications.
    Along the same lines, I Googled "Hyperborean Sea" for a quarter of an hour
    to find its location before I concluded it was a historical reference.  A
    footnote would have been a help to me. Nonetheless, the gist of message did
    come through:
    --A land surveyor/explorer can do a lot more than lay out subdivisions.
    --The mouth of Mackenzie's river was not on the Pacific Ocean.
    I think we sufficiently discussed the rightness or wrongness of UK vs. USA
    spelling a long back. 
    I'll try to keep my offbeat sense of humor under control.
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