The convict wrote: [quote]Given the context, I guess the “A” word he was referring to was A, A, ah, ah, arse bandit. [/quote]
Obviously, if I mention anti-Kiwi, any “A” is referring to our marsupial cousins across the pond.
Once, when I was applying for a teaching job in Taipei, I was talking on the telling bone with the owner and manager (a foreign chap) and giving full vent to my passion for the bottle. After a while I thought that I might be overdoing my praise of the yeast Gods, so - skillfully using my supreme way with the English language that comes from years of writing and English teaching, told him, “I’m not an alcoholic.”
He recoiled in horror, then, gathering his wits explained, "We don’t use that word here. We just call it the “A word.”
And, to cut to the chaser, I got the job.
Oops, let’s keep it on topic. Christ! I think that bloody fox is on fire!
The Taffmeister wrote: [quote]Talking about As and that, how do Kiwis tell the vowels apart, anyway? Do they have to write them in the air, like the Taiwanese do with confusing characters?
Also, if you cross-breed a Kiwi and a Saffer, do you get someone with a complete set of vowels?[/quote]
You trouble me like a woman.