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And there is a rider: anybody who resorts to comparing his opponent to the Nazis has, by definition, lost the argument.

How come? Why "by definition"?
RickyC
I doubt if Luke is trying to solicit the business of poorly educated youngsters.

Why not? Aren't they one of the biggest markets in the world? (Computer games, etc?) Maybe he's selling a computer game on banking...
RickyC
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The real question for me would be: Who is the gestapo of AEU! Anyone want to list the heirarchy for the benefit of newcomers? :-)

This group is unmoderated; there's no heirarchy beyond group dynamics, and no gestapo.
This seems to be an increasingly common misapprehension of people who start using Usenet after only ever having contributed to bulletin boards and forums. They don't seem to realise that in unmoderated groups like this, no poster whether new, old, lurker or other gets to control the answers to any other posts, either to their own or to those of others.
(That's why people set up moderated newsgroups so they can control the direction of discussion and that's why, in my experience, moderated newsgroups are pants.)

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I've never seen it before, and I'm English. ... English - it's not idiomatic English at all. Alan Jones

Sigh, yet another one eager to advertise his ignorance! I've heard "avail" used that way several times. Whether the dogmatists decree it to be bad English or good English, it certainly made clear sense to me. A good proportion of words now in common use could be classed as poor English by the straight-collared dogmatists. Usually the British end up adopting many of them, because they are convenient. Rightly, too in my opinion. Who'd want the language to be stuck permanently in a straight-jacket of inflexible rules and sacred tradition. I thought the Victorian era had finished!
RickyC
Rio schrieb: Al is the symbol of the chemical element with the number 13.

I don't understand what Georgeh meant either. Could he explain (2) in some other way without introducing chemistry intio the equasion - if, indeed it was chemical "element" he was referring to?

RickyC
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I don't understand what Georgeh meant either. Could he explain (2) in some other way without introducing chemistry intio the equasion - if, indeed it was chemical "element" he was referring to?

"Aluminum" (AmEng spelling and pronunciation) vs "Aluminium" (BrEng ditto).

Cheers, Harvey
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On 19 Mar 2005, RickyC wrote "Aluminum" (AmEng spelling and pronunciation) vs "Aluminium" (BrEng ditto).

Thank you for clarifying that, at least. But why would a writer on paper money want to use the word aluminum/aluminium to define the spelling system he's going to use?
RickyC
Thank you for clarifying that, at least. But why would a writer on paper money want to use the word aluminum/aluminium to define the spelling system he's going to use?

Because the OP was asking about a parallel difference between the two spelling systems that is, the BrEng use of "cheque" for what AmEng spells "check".
The idea was a fairly simple one: to encourage consistency, if you would write "aluminium" you should choose "cheque"; if you'd write "aluminum", use "check".

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Sigh, yet another one eager to advertise his ignorance! I've ... and sacred tradition. I thought the Victorian era had finished!

A classic case of a commonly used word that started out as incorrect English: "Regular" as used for a long time by the Americans, and now apparently in the process of being adopted by the Brits; I was listening to the steam radio the other day and heard an advertisement for the Territorial Army. The advert stressed that TA mechanics work alongside "regular" army mechanics. "Ah! the TA mechanics must be constipated mechanics", I thought. ;-)
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