Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 14 16:42:42 UTC 2011

Same thing with "oz."  I said "oz" until - as soon as an adult appeared - I
asked what it meant.

I can't say that the explanation made any sense, but from then on I
pronounced "oz." as "ounce(s)."

BTW, the Amber Alert voice sounds much like the NWS Alert voice.  If he's a
robot, vocalizing a programmed script, "el - bee - ess" makes sense. But
only if he's a robot.

That woouldn't explain the diluted meaning of "tornado," however.


On Sat, May 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

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> At 5/14/2011 10:45 AM, Neal Whitman wrote:
> >In the 70s I read a Peanuts cartoon from probably the 60s, in which
> >Linus or Lucy was telling Charlie Brown about learning in school
> >that there were 16 ozzes in one lib.
> Its book buyer must have liked L. Frank Baum.  And one or two of Ruth
> Plumly Thompson's.
> Joel
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