My previous remarks about this were:
"My wife just hit someobdy with the car and broke his ankle, so I've got to go to the hospital with them. She's a bit hysterical and I should drive."
It could have been worse. It turned out to be a broken femur and not a broken ankle. Chinese speakers use the word "jiao" ("leg") for the entire leg, including the ankle and foot, as well as for each separate part of the leg despite the existence of five other words for foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, and thigh. Drives me crazy when my son starts talking about how his "jiao-jiao" (Chinese babytalk doubles certain words; it's not like English babytalk, the kind that makes me want to puke when I hear people say things like "How's my widdle wuvvy-duvvy babykins?" etc) hurts. I never know whether he means his knee or his ankle or his calf muscle or his hamstring.

She ran into two guys, a father and his junior-high-school-aged son. The father had only a few scrapes and bruises, and the son had the broken thigh bone.
They turned out to be relatives: my wife's younger sister's ex- husband's uncle and cousin. The uncle is the brother of the man who owns the Suzuki motorcycle shop. When we first came to live in Taiwan
8 years ago, the latter guy gave me a 12-year-old 90-cc motorcycle.Three months ago I finally paid him back by buying a new Suzuki 125 cc. That was stolen last month, alas. But I digress.

Instead of calling the police and waiting for an ambulance to transport the injured kid, the father and my wife put the boy on the rear seat of her car and decided to drive him to the emergency room of one of the big hospitals about 18 km and 24 km away. I have 100 clients and half a dozen close doctor friends at the farther one; one of them is an orthopedic surgeon. But the kid was in such pain as I was driving over the less than skating-rink level roads, that we took him to the closer one, where I know no one. A wise choice.

The break was quite obvious, but, fortunately, while the two sections of the femur were significantly dislocated, the bone did not break the skin, and there seems to have been no internal bleeding. He needs surgery, though. There are undoubtedly some bone chips around the break.
My wife is now at the police station explaining why she didn't call the police. It's 1:40 a.m. Taiwan time.

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My previous remarks about this were: "My wife just hit someobdy with the car and broke his ankle, so I've ... My wife is now at the police station explaining why she didn't call the police. It's 1:40 a.m. Taiwan time.

Hope everythings works out OK, Franke, for everyone involved.

Christopher ('CJ')
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Christopher Johnson wrote on 07 Aug 2004:
Hope everythings works out OK, Franke, for everyone involved.

Thank you, CJ. I think it all will. The only thing I'm worried about is that I'll have to pay for another new motorcycle. My wife said that she'd totalled the one she hit tonight. The jhs kid will be fine, I'm sure. They did X-rays on his leg and didn't find anything that required immediate emergency surgery. They'll cut him tomorrow. My wife's worried that he may never walk again. That's always a possibility, of course, but not likely.

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"My wife just hit someobdy with the car and broke his ankle, so I've got to go to the hospital with them. She's a bit hysterical and I should drive."

Best wishes for you all, Bill, and special greetings to your beautiful and smart wife and son No. 2.

Reinhold (Rey) Aman, Philologist
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On 6 Aug 2004 17:39:35 GMT, CyberCypher
My previous remarks about this were: "My wife just hit someobdy with the car and broke his ankle, so I've ... My wife is now at the police station explaining why she didn't call the police. It's 1:40 a.m. Taiwan time.

Echoing CJ Franke, hope all works out.
Django
"My wife just hit someobdy with the car and broke his ankle, so I've got to go to the hospital with them. She's a bit hysterical and I should drive."

Not only that, she neeeds your presence to reassure her.

I hope everything turns out as well as can be expected.
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It could have been worse. It turned out to be a broken femur and not a broken ankle. Chinese speakers ... that makes me want to puke when I hear people say things like "How's my widdle wuvvy-duvvy babykins?" etc) hurts.

Hope things turn out OK but is it overly insensitive to insert an ObAUE?
I've not thought a great deal about this, but suspect I'd have assumed that doubling-up and rhyming baby talk is adult-induced that is, that if we didn't call the kid's grandmother "gan-gan", and didn't talk about having an "eggy-weggy" for breakfast, no kid in his right mind would ever think of doing so.
Perhaps not, though: given your dislike of baby-waby forms coupled with your son's use of them, perhaps it's hard-wired into human speech for infant learners to use double and rhyming forms.

There's undoubtedly a PhD on this somewhere..

Cheers, Harvey
Ottawa/Toronto/Edmonton for 30 years;
Southern England for the past 22 years.
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Franke:
My previous remarks about this were: "My wife just hit someobdy with the car and broke his ankle, so I've ... My wife is now at the police station explaining why she didn't call the police. It's 1:40 a.m. Taiwan time.

I can't tell if this post is serious, sarcastic, a spoof of something, or what? I'm guessing it's a spoof of Cooper had sex with Fontana. But...if it's true, then, damn, that really sucks. Is your wife OK?
Franke:
Thank you, CJ. I think it all will. The only thing I'm worried about is that I'll have to pay ... him tomorrow. My wife's worried that he may never walk again. That's always a possibility, of course, but not likely.

I guess it was serious. The text didn't sound like Franke, but I guess everyone's wacky during crises! Everyone rides motorcycles in Taiwan? NOT safe! Old women can barely drive CARS!
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