You won't see me coming....
Your dedication can only be admired, JuilMa. I am happy to accept your rejection that preoccupation with tabloid misspellings when human tragedies explode into print, is indicative of any obsessive disorder.
I can assure you wasps do in fact swarm.Another little known fact is, setting light to a bonfire containing a wasp nest is quite a painful experience as the little bastards kind of sneek up on you until you're covered in the bloody things...
Incautious assumptions do arise with respect to words assigned multiple meanings, Budvar. As you so correctly point out, wasps will swarm; a behaviour not confined to specific eusocial insects.
I recently saw an ad in the Standard for a sale at a London hotel of quality goods that were straight from 'prawn shop'.
"I can assure you wasps do in fact swarm." Well, not as bees are known to, and these little honeys are, most definitely, bees!"I recently saw an ad in the Standard for a sale at a London hotel of quality goods that were straight from 'prawn shop'." /facepalm
Gosh, never an apology for your indifference to the deaths of dark skinned Dagos, Wops, N*****s and Asians, JuliaM. But it was my understanding that a few white folk also lost their lives here. Perhaps that news was all that was necessary to arouse your sympathy. "Well, not as bees are known to..."Unless you intention was to insult the commenter, your specious reasoning required the quality of subtlety, Julia. And the acceptable pedant must also demonstrate a vocabulary of import.
Even assuming that I WAS 'indifferent to the deaths of dark skinned Dagos, Wops, N*****s and Asians', MTG, why ever should I feel a need to apologise for that? And to whom?
Familiarity with cultural boundaries has always been important to people of taste, Julia. Knowing the quality of an apology and to whom it is owed in the maintenance of dignity, demonstrates one's proficiency in this field. The very affordable Debrett's Guide can supplement the answers you are seeking with excellent examples.
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