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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit of Heritage (Message 1507003)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Our Dorchester is in the south-east corner of our Middlesex. Our Thames Centre is nearby, and was created in 2001 by merging North Dorchester and West Nissouri.

Other town names in Ontario you might recognize are Scarborough, York, Newcastle, Whitby, Chatham, Teeswater, Waterford, and Stratford. Over the last few years London has absorbed several small towns, including Hyde Park and Lambeth. There are at least three Dalhousies in Canada, each with its local pronunciation. The one in Ontario is pronounced Da-LOO-see. Just to keep everybody happy, we also have a Hamburg, a Paris, and a Zurich.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit of Heritage (Message 1506959)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Counties (and its many variations like Rural Municipalities) continue to slowly disappear here in Canuckistan, as they are merged for economics and efficiencies. Sometimes the names live on in hyphenated form, sometimes they just go. The post office does continue to deliver to old county style addresses, but the US made maps in most automotive GPS devices do not recognize this. Same issue here in Ontario with provincial highways that were downloaded to the municipalities about fifteen years ago. They all got new numbers, but the post office recognizes, and the locals usually use, the old provincial number, but you won't find it on your GPS. This can make it very hard to find a rural address. Often the people living there don't know their address no longer "officially" exists.

The mergers, by the way, are often met with stiff resistance from the locals. It got to the point in the last few decades of the last century that the county merger process had stopped completely in Saskatchewan, even as farms got bigger and small towns shut down. In about 1985 there were several counties in that province with less than 50 voters on their poll list. Needless to say, not a lot of improvements could be made with a tax base like that. That may be why the process seems to have restarted recently.

By the way, back in the day the size of a county in Canada was set such that a resident in the far reaches could harness their horse at dawn, get into the county seat and do some business, and then get the horse and wagon back in the barn by nightfall. Automobiles and paved roads changed that calculation considerably.

(Sent from the heart of (for now) Middlesex County, on the banks of the Thames.)
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1505203)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
One man's pet (or flower) is another man's pest (or weed). It all depends on your point of view. I love to watch the raccoons playing in my back yard. I deeply, deeply hated the raccoon that briefly moved into my attic a few years back.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1503290)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Where we really get our beer.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1503239)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Chris, I take it your source is not Canadian. Everybody knows it came from "hose bag", which came from ... well, I don't want us to get moderated.

Back when I first started hearing "hoser" most ice rinks didn't involve a hose. That was just for the rich kids in big cities.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1503230)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Most liquid hydrocarbons need to be vapourized before they burn. As Donald pointed out, one good way to vapourize them is a high speed crash. The resulting cloud of vapour still needs to come into contact with something very hot (like a really hot exhaust pipe) before it ignites, so vehicle fires resulting from crashes are relatively rare. Most road vehicle fires are electrical in origin, second leading cause is a ruptured fuel line on a running engine (like Mark's example).
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1503151)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Diesel is harder to ignite than pump gas, but not impossible. Once you get it vaporized, it burns very nicely.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1503011)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
TAKE OFF EH.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1502864)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
@ES99 -
Just try getting an American to say Worcestershire sauce.

they would say Brown sauce. Pronounced brow-n not br-own.

In Canada they don't seem to know what brown sauce is. They have HP sauce.


Depends on the Canadian. My wife usually has at least two types of Worcestershire in the cupboard, plus HP. We also have Katsup, from Holland, which is nothing like ketchup. And Maggi, from Holland as well. I know this is a brand name for a lot of stuff, but we use the term in our house to refer to their brown sauce, which is closer to soya sauce then to HP. Mr dearly departed mother-in-law would sometimes refer to soya sauce as "that Chinese Maggi".

All this shows the beauty and at the same time the difficulty in English. We freely adapt terms from other languages, along with their spellings and pronunciations. Makes for a colourful, but confusing, language.

It also means that all the local dialects of English are quite legitimate, eh.

Noo doobt aboot it, as Celt would say.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1502858)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Just try getting an American to say Worcestershire sauce.


I actually do this, every chance I get. It can be great fun, eh.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1502415)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Now there is a proper Englishman, using proper pronunciation, eh Chris?

Interesting rhymes:

Hallelujah / peculiar

Dough / know / no

and so on ...
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time v3 (Message 1502412)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
For holding chalk?
13) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1501369)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Raistmer, how many US (or NATO) troops are in Libya today, or even close to Libya today? How many Russian troops are in Crimea today, and how many are lined up on the Ukraine border?

Two different patterns, I think.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beet's Give Us A Caption #55 (Message 1499254)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Why does the photographer keep pointing up?
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A bit difficult language, perhaps (Message 1499252)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
In English, we park on driveways and drive on parkways.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite commercials from years past (Message 1499121)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I mostly remember catchy songs from old commercials. I still wonder where the yellow went.

And here is one for anyone watching TV in Ontario back in the 60s. What were they singing about when they told you to have "one at noon, one at night, and one along the way"?


MILK


For what? FOR MILK! (Chorus of animated cows then sings "Drink three glasses every day!")

Did this ad run in the US as well?
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite commercials from years past (Message 1499092)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I mostly remember catchy songs from old commercials. I still wonder where the yellow went.

And here is one for anyone watching TV in Ontario back in the 60s. What were they singing about when they told you to have "one at noon, one at night, and one along the way"?
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : HI to Chris S, celttooth and Jeremy and everyone :) (Message 1499090)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Hello back at you Dr. CETI.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XIX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1494828)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I've finally seen the season's first hummingbird! I knew they were nearby. I put
out two feeders about a week ago.


Whereabouts are you? We are still a month or more away from the first hummingbirds here. Here in the Great White North we did get the first robins last week, and the first song sparrows yesterday and today.
20) Message boards : Politics : For plain silly news (Message 1493505)
Posted 32 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
I just find that ridiculous Chris that cops have to have sex with the prostitutes 1st before they can book them for soliciting.

What's the world coming to.

Cheers.


Sounds to me like they have a really good union.


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