|> Jaques d'Alltrades wrote:|> >|> > 'Paraffin' is a group of hydrocabons which includes solids through|> > to gases. The paraffin referred to is somewhere in the middle of|> > the group and is called kerosene in Transpondia.
|> Transpondia? When I Google that word I find something about bringing a |> visitor or fiance to the UK.
It has been used to refer to our ex-colonies (especially the
rebellious ones) in north America for some time - on UK newsgroups.
|> This is getting really weird.
Nah. Try uk.rec.sheds.
Over on alt.usage.english, it's spawned a whole range of derivatives,
including (hyphens are included or not according to house style):
all of which lead to the expected forms with -ial, -ian, and -iality.
There are also _pondial_ and _pondiality_. I believe I was myself
responsible for the divergent adjectival form referring to Oceania,
Since we often refer to South Africa, I am about to introduce _up-_
and _down-pond_ -- also, perhaps, confections of my own.
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