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    An Epiphany, of sorts

    A week or so ago, some Royal Air Force (RAF) aircrew members came into my office. They looked at my partner and asked her where the 'Met office' is located. Now, Met stands for Meteorology (we in the USAF use Weather instead of Met). I knew that, but my partner didn't. So she ever so kindly asked him to repeat himself. He was confused. His partner, standing behind him, asked for the weather office. My partner gave him the directions.

    Now, I had a most interesting thought during this whole affair. My thought was this, "How dare he speak English to us". I find it very interesting that my native language is English, but the British peoples speak a different (some could argue that it is correct, not different) dialect. Sometimes, our dialects don't quite match up. But, I find the differences to be the beauty of our cultures and languages.

    Anyway, to all of my British friends: cheers!

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    "Two countries, separated by a common language" said, I think, by Churchill.

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    Hey Stryder, you need to transfer to Keesler. That would be like 15 miles from where I live.

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    It is amazing how many differences have grown between our languages, I don't think that it's posible to say one is "correct" anymore as the differences between local dialects in one country can be vast (have you ever heard a Geordie speak?).

    I myself have fallen foul of forgeting we don't have a totaly common language on this board (quid, bloke, etc.), but as long as everyone is tolerant of the differences, it can only lead to good things and a wider understanding of others and thier cultures.

    cheers!

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    I'm impressed by the command of the English language demonstrated by a lot of the european members of the board. I wish I could speak another language.( I suppose I could always learn, but I've got other fish to fry, like learning Linux and playing Return to Castle Wolfenstein. *;D)

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    Hey Stryder, you need to transfer to Keesler. *That would be like 15 miles from where I live.
    I've been thinking about it, but I don't think that Keesler is a very likely place for me to end up. I will need to go to another class there, but not for about two years (Military Airfield Managers course, I think). If I am going to be in the area, I will make sure that I give you a buzz.

    I like Gulfport, but I can't say that Biloxi is all that great (the casinos are a bit much, though, the food at the casinos is excellent). I thought that Passgagoula (forgive this Yankee his many faults, but spelling Pasga whatever is not one of my strong points) is pretty nice. Where do you live?

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    It is amazing how many differences have grown between our languages, I don't think that it's posible to say one is "correct" anymore as the differences between local dialects in one country can be vast (have you ever heard a Geordie speak?).

    I myself have fallen foul of forgeting we don't have a totaly common language on this board (quid, bloke, etc.), but as long as everyone is tolerant of the differences, it can only lead to good things and a wider understanding of others and thier cultures.

    cheers!
    It is really funny to listen to the Irish RAF members making fun of the Scots, and the Scots talking about the difficulty with dealing with foreigners (the English). One of my good friends, a Met man from Oxford named Chris, would keep me in stitches with all of his quick, cutting remarks. I didn't find it insulting to be told to bugger off by him.

    Speaking of strange dialects and English speaking, we have an Australian contractor on base, born of Turkish parents, but tutored by Englishmen. That is bizarre!

    Cheers

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