[Ads-l] The President conversates:

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 14 06:48:02 EST 2017


It was a steal.

JL

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:18 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> _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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