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Posted by Mark Lloyd on August 1, 2009, 12:56 am
On Wed, 29 Jul 2009 22:32:31 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"

That sounds silly. Of course I wasn't talking about the things
themselves but the WORDS. Which one is the "gas tank"?

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Mark Lloyd

"Properly read, the Bible is the most potent
force for atheism ever conceived." -- Isaac Asimov

Posted by Smitty Two on July 30, 2009, 5:48 am

Really? I'm having trouble envisioning a situation that would cause any
confusion. Let's see, you tell the hired hand to go fill up the tractor
with gas, and he thinks you mean propane? You call the propane dealer
and tell him the tank is low and you need a refill, and he thinks you
mean gasoline?

Maybe it's just me, but I see the world as contextual. Multiple meanings
for the same word rarely disturb me.

Posted by Richard W. on July 30, 2009, 5:19 pm

That's odd, because I have never heard anyone call say buy gas when they
meant propane, they always said go buy gas (gasoline) or go buy propane.
That way there never was any mix up between the two. Even though propane is
a gas that's stored in liquid form.

Richard W.

Posted by Scott on July 28, 2009, 1:17 am
 On Mon, 27 Jul 2009 21:49:31 +0100, in alt.energy.homepower, Eeyore

Gas is a state of matter; gasoline is a motor fuel.  "Petrol", OTOH, is a
goofy-sounding derivative of a word that can properly refer to any of
hundreds of discrete distillates, and only means "gasoline" by dint of
social convention.  Just like "gas" in the US.  And just as stupid.

For the most part I just say "we need more fuel", which is valid no matter
the particulars of the car/truck/motorcycle/boat/airplane I'm in.  But this
is a result of conditioning from my dad being a truck [lorry] driver, and
there was never a question that trucks use fuel, diesel fuel.  Never gas.
It stuck with me.

1. Most likely a vestige of our English heritage.  Take a close look at the
idiots and halfwits we left behind; coming from that kind of stock, is it
any wonder?
2. You need to be more specific; America is a continent (actually a pair of
them); "American" can cover everything from Aleut and Inuit to the Araucan
and any number of Incan descendants, who all originated on other continents
3. Your mother.

Posted by harry on July 28, 2009, 6:44 pm
 On Jul 28, 2:17 am, nob...@xmission.com (Scott) wrote:

But you had the retard Bush!  :-)
 And may yet have, (so I hear)  the even greater retard Palin!
How can you sleep at night with that possible scenario?

You are quite right about the dimwits over here.  They are known
collectively as "New Labour".
We all came from Africa. Just some of us sooner than others.

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