[Tagging] elsan v dump_station (side talk)

David Bannon dbannon at internode.on.net
Thu Feb 19 06:55:49 UTC 2015

Indeed Dave, here there is a lot of resistance to "American Spelling",
we like to put a 'u' in colour, honour etc. Joke is, the American way is
the older (and therefore correct ?) way. 

Seems you lot took (eg) 'color' with you on the Mayfair at a time when
English did spell it 'color' and later it evolved a 'u'. And we, the
Aussies, got that later version !

Cute ?


On Thu, 2015-02-19 at 09:10 +0700, Dave Swarthout wrote:
> Bryce, here in Australia, we use a lot of UK terms (and frown on the
> horrid American ones creeping into our vocabulary). But no one here
> uses
> Elsan.
> Now, now David. There is a reason those "horrid American" terms are
> creeping into your vocabulary. The French tried to prevent new words
> from creeping into what they consider pure French too. But all such
> efforts are doomed to failure because languages are constantly
> evolving. If a word is useful and popular, it becomes part of the
> local vocabulary. Recently the Oxford English Dictionary added "yada
> yada" to its massive list of entries. You and I might disagree on that
> but it is included in the OED nonetheless.
> Sorry, I just had to respond <g>
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 8:55 AM, David Bannon
> <dbannon at internode.on.net> wrote:
>         On Wed, 2015-02-18 at 23:06 +0000, Dudley Ibbett wrote:
>         > An alternative description found on camping/caravanning
>         sites in the
>         > UK is a "Chemical Disposal Point" or CDP.
>         >
>         Wow, think so ?  As I see it, "dump station" is likely to be
>         recognised
>         in at least North (and maybe South) America and Australia. On
>         the other
>         hand, my guess is "Chemical Disposal Point" works only in the
>         UK and
>         would be totally confusing to everyone else in the world.
>         We are not disposing of chemicals, its chemically contaminated
>         human
>         waste.
>         CDP - probably even worse, how many other things does this
>         stand for ?
>         I tried googling and even with lots of hints, did not get a
>         valid hit.
>         David
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