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Re: Question for the English people
Wonderlust
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basically the same as your German version: 'punishment exercise'

Posted on: 2008/11/3 17:34
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Re: Question for the English people
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I don't think it has a name, it's just called having to write sentences.

My third grade teacher, who had a nervous breakdown due to us being so unruly, made me write sentences during recess:

"I will not pass gas in the class."

Totally true.

When the other teachers saw the sentences that I was writing, they confronted this teacher and that was when she had her nervous breakdown and disappeared for about three months.

Proof that you shouldn't get upset about people farting, I guess.

Posted on: 2008/11/3 19:50
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Re: Question for the English people
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I've just found out that my favorite english accent is the New Zealand one.

Posted on: 2008/11/3 21:43
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Re: Question for the English people
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In answer to Bene's question, it's called "lines"...

...as in receiving or getting "lines"

Posted on: 2008/11/3 23:40
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Re: Question for the English people
Storm
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Thanks to the English(speaking)men!

"lines " would be another nice example for an euphemism, wouldn't it? As in German, where the term "Strafarbeit" isn't used anymore because of the "punishment" part.

Posted on: 2008/11/4 12:06
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Re: Question for the English people
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Well.. I've never heard of "punishment exercise" and it sounds a little convoluted to me... but "lines" simply implied you were given lots of them to write out, as a... punishment for any misdemeanor.

Posted on: 2008/11/4 12:38
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Re: Question for the English people
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From school days, I recall both "punishment exercise" and "lines" being used interchangeably. To "write sentences" I've never heard used before but this is hardly surprising, given that the name given to it rarely needs to communicate beyond the catchment area of any given school

Posted on: 2008/11/4 20:00
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Re: Question for the English people
Storm
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Obviously the noun "Seether" (well known from the song by Veruca Salt and as far as I know a band named itself after that song later) is not an "official part" of the English language - at least no dictionaries I looked into had an entry and they gave no hint that one can built it by making the verb "to seethe" into a noun, which would be the common way. Opinions?

Posted on: 2008/12/2 13:09
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Re: Question for the English people
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The word "Seeth" is not in general usage as far as I know... but "Seeth," "Seething" and "seether" would be accurate...

Posted on: 2008/12/2 13:31
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