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Post by Edwin Ashworth » Wed Oct 26, 2005 9:04 pm

Unless she's a crofter, you've stumped me there, Erik. I've heard of Coral Kay.
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Post by please » Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:47 pm

I think it is about time to make this diversion from the original question official :
No contributor should refrain from sending in no-point comments. There is no no-go areas in exploring all grounds, including those with no relevance to the topic . No joy in debating with no smile in reserve... No offense.
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Post by Bobinwales » Thu Oct 27, 2005 7:50 am

No sh*t?
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Post by Edwin Ashworth » Fri Nov 04, 2005 10:40 pm

Nanette is of course allowed.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Nov 05, 2005 9:39 am

We are living in permissive times. In the 1920s, Nanette was a no-no.
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Post by kagriffy » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:04 pm

But, Erik, a double negative (no, no Nanette) makes a positive!
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:59 am

I positively have to oui-oui.
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Post by JANE DOErell » Tue Mar 14, 2006 4:58 pm

Like please I have mused over these ubiquitous "no [whatever]" signs posted around the Western US and wondered about the origin and how widespread and...(Then my mind wanders to something else). The first I remember were decades ago, very widespread, was "No Trespassing", meaning 'do not enter'. I was a precocious little brat and wondered about the grammar or syntax or something even back then.

We once saw many similar signs that read "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service." One time in Canada I saw a much less rude version "If you expect service a modicum of clothing would be appreciated."
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Post by russcable » Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:08 pm

JANE DOErell wrote: "No Trespassing", meaning 'do not enter'. I was a precocious little brat and wondered about the grammar or syntax or something even back then.
You're lucky. We had signs on fence posts that just said "Posted" - Well, obviously! It's a fence on a post with a sign posted on it - how much more posted could it be - now why is that farmer shooting at me! ^_^
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