[Ads-l] foment

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 1 15:29:56 UTC 2014


Surely not "cement"?

JL

On Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> At 11/30/2014 08:01 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> >Like, you know, 'encourage in a good way'?
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> >Yahoo! News:
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> >"Cuba, UK seek to foment ties with visit of British Royal Navy ship."
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> Perhaps an error for "ferment"?  A plan to bring back grog to the
> Royal Navy, and in a gesture of comradeship introduce it to the Cuban
> seamen?
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> Joel
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