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 -- Turning your clock 15 minutes ahead won't cure lateness---you're just making time go faster!