[TT] Beavering Away . . .
katheryn.swynford at gmail.com
Sat Dec 13 19:36:32 EST 2008
Ummmm.... I'm feeling more stupid than usual. What exactly does "hoovering"
mean in the US?
And how long ago was this heaux conversation? (yes, I've seen it spelt that
On Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 12:26 AM, Richmond Mathewson <geradamas at yahoo.com>wrote:
> [TT] - Totally Tangential.
> Ha, Ha, Ha . . .
> When I was studying at SIU Carbondale I rushed into a teaching assistants'
> meeting fresh from vacuuming the carpet at home and said:
> "Sorry I'm late, I have just been hoovering . . ."
> There was a deathly silence in the room!
> My understanding supervisor (A Canadian) took me outside and told me
> that 'hoovering' did not mean vacuum-cleaning in America.
> Late, I was working in the married students' garden plots when a pleasant
> woman from Wyoming asked me how I managed to break up the clods of earth
> so effectively. My reply; "I always use a hoe." was received in silence,
> and then she walked off, never to speak to me again.
> In Britain, 'beavering away' means (or, maybe, meant, when I was at school)
> "working away extremely eagerly"; no doubt connected with "eager beaver" -
> which, no doubt, you North Americans will resemanticise as a
> synonym for "loose woman".
> Divided by a common language we may be; united by a love of programming in
> Runtime Revolution I hope we all are.
> Welcome to the silly season !!!
> Love, Richmond.
> A Thorn in the flesh is better than a failed Systems Development Life
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