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In message <126.96.36.199.19971028092146.00909a60@mail56.MCIONE.com> Frederic Breitwieser writes:
> Also, if you are driving on a major or national road, you will find that on
> Channel 19, the truckers kindly state "Smokey on the right", "Smokey on the
> left" quite often, as well as announcing women in convertibles.
In general, Europeans regard Americans as verbose. I remember an IBM manual,
many years ago, refering to "contributive assistance" when it meant "help".
In the mid-1980s, I landed at Washington Dulles and took a cab out to Tyson's
Corner. On the way, we were passed by a police car using its sirens and
The cabbie picked up his microphone and declaimed: "Smokey on Dulles,
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club