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 on: Yesterday at 01:59:33 PM 
Started by birdy - Last post by birdy
Not on this side of the pond.  Thanks to my omnivorous trash romance reading, I do know the word, but I doubt it's common.  At least I've never heard anyone use it here.

 on: Yesterday at 08:40:48 AM 
Started by Lainey - Last post by Calilasseia

Meanwhile, returning to Lainey and her bird table visitors ... Smiley

When my brother was alive, and living in the Brisbane area, he used to have all sorts of exotica turning up in his garden in the morning ... Galahs, Rosellas, the occasional flock of wild Budgies, he used to have a veritable feathered rainbow turning up to feast upon the bird table offerings!

However, he told me that while the plumage of many of these birds is glorious to behold, the racket they make is, ahem, an acquired taste. Rosellas can be racuous to the point of inducing deafness if they gather for any length of time, and Galahs, of course, have a legendary reputation for noisy squawking. I found out the hard way about Rosellas, when someone living about half a mile or so from my home decided to keep a flock of these in a large back garden aviary. The birds in question were Eastern Rosellas - achingly beautiful rainbow coloured plumage, but boy, could those things pump out the decibels!

 on: Yesterday at 01:04:19 AM 
Started by blackrockrose - Last post by TRex
The word grift has frequently appeared in puzzles.

 on: September 14, 2019, 09:51:59 PM 
Started by blackrockrose - Last post by anona
Well, me too. I didn't know it, though the more I let it float around in my brain I wonder if it's been raised before, linked to The Sting?

 on: September 14, 2019, 07:12:16 PM 
Started by blackrockrose - Last post by blackrockrose
I stand corrected  Cheesy

 on: September 14, 2019, 05:40:38 PM 
Started by blackrockrose - Last post by Jacki
Definitely familiar with grift, grifter etc. A scam or a swindler, hustler etc

 on: September 14, 2019, 05:13:07 PM 
Started by blackrockrose - Last post by mkenuk
I think originally it was American, a corruption (no pun intended) of  graft (= 'cheat, swindle'), but I think it's become almost universally known now, thanks in part to classic films such as The Sting.
There was also an excellent 1990 film called The Grifters with a cast that included Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening, and the word was often used in the long-running BBC comedy/crime series Hustle .

 on: September 14, 2019, 02:06:50 PM 
Started by blackrockrose - Last post by blackrockrose
Sorry Alan, but I think I'm going to become a serial pest about common words turning up in 7-by-many, now my favourite version of Chi (although I'm not particularly good at it) Angry

I've never heard of 'grift' (yesterday's 7-by-many GRATIFY game) and it appears to be US slang.

 on: September 14, 2019, 08:48:34 AM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Ozzyjack
This morning I learnt what an Oxford comma is.  I had not heard the expression before even though I was aware of discussions, going back to schooldays, of whether to use a comma before the "and".  My memory is that in Australia we don't.  Maybe it's different in other parts of the world or maybe my memory is faulty. The (ex)English teacher's in our midst may have a view.



 on: September 13, 2019, 04:17:15 PM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Ozzyjack
I was watching yesterday’s play in the 100th KLM Open in Amsterdam and there are 2 amazing things I would like to tell you about.

They have a novelty event on the 125 yard par-3 13th  where an amateur would tee up with the 3 professionals and if they could get closer to the pin than the three professionals, they would win a ticket for 2 from KLM to fly anywhere in Europe.

I watched a ten year old boy (I didn’t catch his name) and Susan Hosang,  The boy won the prize and Susan Hosang didn’t.    

So why was I so impressed with Susan – after all she had been playing golf for 30 years.  This is why,

Michael is the master of understatement.  Look at the prices of the Black Bowmore


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