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Bears' legs, speciality and chaises longues

Posted by Keith Rennie on November 29, 2004

In Reply to: Bears' legs, speciality and chaises longues posted by TheFallen on November 18, 2004

Ted Hughes is on the side of the angels: in his terrifying poem "The 59th bear" (in Birthday letters" the man murdered by a bear
"...learned- . . .\what I had hardly guessed:\A bear's talons, which by human flesh\Can be considered steel, braced on tendons\Of steel hawser, are on the end of an arm\That can weigh sixty, seventy, eighty pounds\Moving at 90 m.p.h.\Your terror had the mathematics perfect." I think it depends on what the bear does with its arm/leg.
"Speciality" is also enshrined in southern African English, and I prefer to pretend that chaise lounge does not exist.

: Before I start, let me restate that in UK English, the word is "speciality". I have noticed the "specialty" version in use in the US. However, for the normally infallible Ms. Berg to state that the word "speciality" does not exist filled me with ire, gall and umbrage.

: Similarly, I noticed in the recently archived posts that apparently a "chaise longue" has started to be known as a "chaise lounge" in the US? Is this really true? If so, has its pronunciation also changed from shayz lawn-guh to shayzz lounj? You are kidding me, right?

: Anyway, back to the main subject (which I have money riding on)... how many legs does a bear have? No tricks, no puns - a straightforward question. Two or four?