Dialect split

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Aug 17 22:39:18 UTC 2013


“We’ve had people ring and that it’s helped them and got them out of a dangerous situation. It’s an incredibly difficult thing to do with your family around you — but they won’t be aware you have done it. It’s a safe way.”
[End quote]

"Ringing" means having metal on them on purpose, it appears. [UPDATE: Ringing in this context apparently means the usual "make a telephone call" in Great Britain. The way it's presented in the article confused me for the moment.]


I take the "it appears" part to mean the author was guessing, and the "update" part to indicate that the author was simply wrong. Of course, "ring" is not really used this way in the US.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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On Aug 17, 2013, at 1:18 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> The Daily Kos:
> "Ring" means to have metal on them to set off the detector on purpose, it
> appears. [CORRECTION:"Ring," in this context, apparently, means the usual
> "make a telephone call" in the United Kingdom.]

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