[LMB] OT: Terry Pratchett

Robert Woodward Robert_A_Woodward at comcast.net
Wed Sep 15 22:24:58 BST 2021



> On Sep 15, 2021, at 1:48 PM, brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
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>> On Sep 15, 2021, at 11:23 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
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>>> I also dislike “tons of” and “massive” when they shouldn’t apply.   And reading about space ships landing on that planet’s tarmac.
>> 
>> Most "Tarmac" isn't, anyway.  A lot of it is asphalt or bitmec.  Or even
>> concrete, increasingly.
>> 
>> Why yes!  I do have a friend who is a civil engineer.  And yes, it is
>> one of his hot buttons.
> 
> I’d use it for asphalt as that is as close as we get in the U.S.
> 
> I never heard of the word until Idi Amin had all of those hostages on an airport’s “tarmac”.   BBC did the reporting, USAmericans made assumptions about what the word meant.

Wasn’t the assumed meaning to be the pavement on the airplane side of the terminal? I always thought that to be the “apron.”


"We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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