[Ads-l] foment

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Dec 1 15:42:27 UTC 2014


At 12/1/2014 10:29 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

>Surely not "cement"?

Perhaps a better source for an error than "ferment", but what joke do 
you suggest?

Joel


>JL
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>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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