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  • malvolio
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    Originally posted by AtW View Post

    Or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch?



    P.S. This forum can't even handle it without adding extra space, one more thing to fix...
    The village is called Llanfairpwllgwyn ("the church of St Mary by the pool"). The rest was added by the railway company in the 1800s so they could have the longest station name in the world.

    But then again there's always Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakit anatahu ("the summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one"). And that has the benefit of being genuine, since it's what the Maori actually called it.

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  • AtW
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    Originally posted by malvolio View Post
    What, as opposed to those German thirty-letter compound nouns, or the French with "Je suis ce que je suis, si je n'etait pas ce que je suis je ne serais pas ce que je suis" you mean...
    Or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch?



    P.S. This forum can't even handle it without adding extra space, one more thing to fix...

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  • malvolio
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    Originally posted by AtW View Post

    It’s idiotic idiom - that’s my point.
    What, as opposed to those German thirty-letter compound nouns, or the French with "Je suis ce que je suis, si je n'etait pas ce que je suis je ne serais pas ce que je suis" you mean...

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  • AtW
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    Originally posted by vetran View Post

    Insurance has two definitions in English.

    To purchase an insurance product the definition you are posting about.

    To perform an act as a preventive measure against something happening - LM's definition.

    Both are correct however they aren't interchangeable.

    Many English words have this dichotomy
    It’s idiotic idiom - that’s my point.

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  • ladymuck
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    Originally posted by OwlHoot View Post

    FFS, it's like those surveys on lifting the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, due to their harmful effect on honey bees (and other useful insects presumably)

    Despite resounding opposition, every couple of years the Government comes back to try and lift the ban again, and now they've lifted it anyway!

    2021-01-09 Government breaks promise to maintain ban on bee-harming pesticide
    Re the NHS data sharing thing, it's actually a different data sharing (which doesn't make it any better). The Register article I shared does its best to describe the difference.

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  • OwlHoot
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    Originally posted by ladymuck View Post


    Originally posted by mallisarealperson
    I remember opting out of NHS data sharing years ago. Do we have to opt out again?
    Yes.
    FFS, it's like those surveys on lifting the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, due to their harmful effect on honey bees (and other useful insects presumably)

    Despite resounding opposition, every couple of years the Government comes back to try and lift the ban again, and now they've lifted it anyway!

    2021-01-09 Government breaks promise to maintain ban on bee-harming pesticide

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  • ravenshaw
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    Originally posted by Great Britten View Post
    In the noddy with Keith Chegwin and that Michaela Whasserchops off the Hitman and Her?
    Inneresting.

    Originally posted by Pip in a Poke View Post
    I recently saw that Michaela Whasserchops off of the Hitman and Her on the Cardiff Bay shuttle.

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  • vetran
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    Originally posted by AtW View Post

    Having unemployment insurance won't stop you from losing your job, it will just attempt (if you don't get rejected) to compensate for it.

    Life insurance won't prevent your death either (in fact it might bring it closer in case somebody wants to collect on it)

    So in case of someone who is afraid to "have a walk in the forest" having "insurance" won't affect that from happening, it's not the insurance that's needed in such case, very bad idiom to use - usually people in such situations discover that to their peril.
    Insurance has two definitions in English.

    To purchase an insurance product the definition you are posting about.

    To perform an act as a preventive measure against something happening - LM's definition.

    Both are correct however they aren't interchangeable.

    Many English words have this dichotomy

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  • AtW
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    Originally posted by vetran View Post

    and as usual wrong

    TBF English is not his mother tongue.
    Having unemployment insurance won't stop you from losing your job, it will just attempt (if you don't get rejected) to compensate for it.

    Life insurance won't prevent your death either (in fact it might bring it closer in case somebody wants to collect on it)

    So in case of someone who is afraid to "have a walk in the forest" having "insurance" won't affect that from happening, it's not the insurance that's needed in such case, very bad idiom to use - usually people in such situations discover that to their peril.

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  • vetran
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    Originally posted by ladymuck View Post

    Wow you're in top mansplaining mode today, well done!
    and as usual wrong

    1. 1.
      an arrangement by which a company or the state undertakes to provide a guarantee of compensation for specified loss, damage, illness, or death in return for payment of a specified premium.
      "many new borrowers take out insurance against unemployment or sickness"
      Similar:
      indemnity
      indemnification
      (financial) protection
      security
      surety
      cover
      assurance
    2. 2.
      a thing providing protection against a possible eventuality.
      "jackets were hung on the back of their chairs, insurance against an encounter with air-conditioning"
    TBF English is not his mother tongue.

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