[Ads-l] The President conversates:

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 13 22:18:41 EST 2017


_Cheat_ "method of cheating"

"The Tran Gang's _cheat_ was working so well, winning over $91,000 in 34
minutes, that the casino removed all high-value chips from the table."

Heard a couple of seconds ago on American Greed.


On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:07 AM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:

> Confirm n. is of long standing in the investment community, where a
> securities confirmation is typically referred to as a "confirm."  (SEC rule
> 10b-10 requires a brokerage firm to provide a written confirmation whenever
> a customer buys or sells a stock, bond, or other security.)  I'm not going
> to try to search for examples, since it's too hard for a search to
> differentiate confirm n. from confirm v., but certainly it was by no means
> new 30 years ago.  This is an informal usage, so written materials are more
> likely to use the formal "confirmation."
>
> I've also heard nounal "confirm" to refer to definite positive responses
> to an invitation, as in "we have 31 confirms, 7 maybes, and 18 noes for the
> big meeting next month."
>
> I suppose it is predictable that confirm n. has the accent on the first
> syllable, while confirm v. has the accent on the second syllable.  No doubt
> someone can explain why this is the case.
>
>
> John Baker
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of Jonathan Lighter
> Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 9:01 PM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: The President conversates:
>
> A check stub cautions me that the document will be "the only confirm" that
> I receive.
>
> JL
>
> On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 8:49 PM, Margaret Winters <mewinters at wayne.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > As a noun, 'ask'  is common in fund-raising/development circles - the
> > request for a donation.
> >
> >
> > ----------------------------
> > MARGARET E WINTERS
> > Professor Emerita
> > French and Linguistics
> > Wayne State University
> > Detroit, MI  48202
> >
> > mewinters at wayne.edu
> >
> >
> >
> > ________________________________
> > From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of
> > Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> > Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 8:23 PM
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Subject: The President conversates:
> >
> > "I do have one final _ask_ of you as your President..."
> >
> > That's right up there with
> >
> > "5 blogs worth your _follow_."
> >
> >
> > As a Canadian buddy says, "What the hell, eh?"
> >
> > --
> > -Wilson
> > -----
> > All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> > come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> > -Mark Twain
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-- 
-Wilson
-----
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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