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I've lately been working on a theory that some years are betterfor pop music than others...the year that got me started on this was 1971; havea look just at the twenty songs that reached number one that year:


Something for everybody: bubblegum pop, ex-Beatles, soul, funk,Motown old and new, the best of the singer-songwriters, a couple of out-and-outclassics, and even a little leftover folk stuff...(bubbling under but notreaching #1 until mid-January of the following year: "American Pie")...

No. Not me. Frightfully sorry. I've only heard of three of them, and they leave me cold.
Philip Eden
Hmm. I don't really think it should, no. Given that each is boasting about her own age only, using "ages" would introduce unnecessary ambiguity.

But John's sentence could imply that we are the same age.

Nah. Would you similarly describe two people as lying about their heights? Their weights?
I reckon we use the singular for these, with no implication of a shared value.
Matti
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I'm just having fun at this point. I still think a question mark after a declarative sentence begining "I wonder why" ought to be verboten, but perhaps I have another thing coming.

My mother used to say (probably still does) "have got another think coming". I wonder (the question mark will be omitted, but I will put one in the signature to be applied by those who see it as appropriate here) if this pun was restricted to my family.

Redwine
Hamburg
but perhaps I have another thing coming.

My mother used to say (probably still does) "have got another think coming". I wonder (the question mark will be ... signature to be applied by those who see it as appropriate here) if this pun was restricted to my family.

Redwine, "another think coming" was not a pun, it was the standard usage for a century or two. "Another thing coming" is a modern variant, said by many people who never realize it was ever any other way. Bob L was making a little inside joke, to acknowledge that sometimes he's on the losing side of these conflicts.
We have had long discussions on this, even a survey, so I hope our later-comers will review what is known before leaping in and telling us how they think it should be. A post containing the survey results can be found in the archives:
00%40sparky.cs.nyu.edu&rnum=1

Best Donna Richoux
Redwine, "another think coming" was not a pun, it was the standard usage for a century or two. "Another thing ... how they think it should be. A post containing the survey results can be found in the archives: 00%40sparky.cs.nyu.edu&rnum=1

Hey, that's cool. Here was me wondering if my mother was really just punning or in fact making fun of her brothers and sisters who had never left their hometown and thought that only in pretentious city accents could one distinguish between "thing" and "think" purely by listening. I had in fact debated with myself whether or not to even post my comment, for fear of exposing myself to ridicule.
Hmmm. Something has happened here. In my first (and to a lesser extent second) incarnations in this group I felt that it was an unfriendly and arrogant place to visit. Now, I love it here and find almost all of you to be charming characters. Who's changed? Anyone at all, or just my perception. I am going to have to look through the archives and reƫvaluate.

Redwine
Hamburg
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A total duck-call list to me, too, I'm afraid. It must have helped if you were stoned. I like 'American Pie', though, for sentimental reasons. (I was In Spain at the time, and enjoyed the way the Authorities had had the words "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" bleeped out.)
Mike
... Something has happened here. In my first (and to a lesser extent second) incarnations in this group I felt ... and find almost all of you to be charming characters. Who's changed? Anyone at all, or just my perception ...

You're the same. The rest of us have improved.

Good luck and good sailing.
s/v Kerry Deare of Barnegat
http://kerrydeare.home.comcast.net /
But John's sentence could imply that we are the same age.

Nah. Would you similarly describe two people as lying about their heights? Their weights?

Well, I wouldn't hesitate to do so.
I reckon we use the singular for these, with no implication of a shared value.

I think ambiguity hovers about a bit.
Mike.
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Redwine, "another think coming" was not a pun, it was the standard usage for a century or two. "Another thing ... Bob L was making a little inside joke, to acknowledge that sometimes he's on the losing side of these conflicts.

Coincidentally, just yesterday evening I was watching a cartoon with my grandson, and one of the characters said, plain as day, "if you think (whatever), then you have another thing coming." I immediately thought of aue.
This was a relatively new cartoon, not one of the old classics. I imagine the writer and the voice actor are younger than many "think-ers." (Pun intended? Maybe.)
Maria Conlon
Wild Thing, but Another Thinker.
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