Posted by David FG on June 14, 2005
In Reply to: "Go to the current Forum" posted by Brian from Shawnee on June 13, 2005
: : : : : what is the currunt form
: : : : 'On current form' means the way things are going: judging by the way that the situation is at present.
: : : : For example, 'on current form England are unlikely to win the World Cup.' (A statement which has been true since the mid-1960s, but that is another matter.)
: : : : DFG
: : : Not heard/used in the U.S., by the way.
: : That is interesting. I assume the phrase comes from racing; 'form' being a horse's record in previous races. Do Americans not call this 'form'? If not, what do they call it?
: : DFG
: This is the current forum. When Gary, the man who oversees this site, deems that this forum is full enough of useful information, he will place all worthy posts in an archive and start a new "current forum".
: BTW, in the U.S. there's a popular publication called "The Racing Form" that lists everything a bettor would need to know about the horses in a race. I don't know much about it, since I don't play the ponies, but it's pretty well-known.
: Also, I used to go to a school here in the U.S. that still called its grades "forms" as late as 1975. First form was 8th grade, second form was 9th grade (freshman), etc. That's pretty much a U.K.-only usage these days, I believe.
It used to be; UK schools have gone over to the US usage, and now speak of 'Year 7/8/9' or whatever. The UK Year 7 was the old 'First Form' of secondary schooling.