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On Tue, Mar 04, 2003 at 05:35:04PM -0500, John Cowan wrote:
> Tristan scripsit:
>
> > Hols=holidays. (I thought that was pretty well-known. I also never
> > would've thought of spelling 'hall' as 'hol'.)
>
> "Hols" is completely unknown in the U.S., except to people who read English
> books about schools.  For most U.S. people, "hols" and "halls" would indeed
> be homonyms (though not for me).

Interesting. I grew up reading Enid Blyton, so "hols" is definitely
"holidays" for me. :-) As for it being completely unknown on this
continent... I'm not sure, it seems to be quite a natural contraction of
"holidays" to me.

[snip]
> Assent may be registered by a signature, a handshake, or a click of a
> computer mouse transmitted across the invisible ether of the Internet.
> Formality is not a requisite; any sign, symbol or action, or even
> willful inaction, as long as it is unequivocally referable to the
> promise, may create a contract.
[snip]

Hmm. Reminds me of how careful one must be during an auction... scratch
your head, and you just spent $5000 on some useless item. Clear your
throat and you just bought a $10,000 item. Stand up to leave and suddenly
your life savings is left on the chair. ;-)


T

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