End of ADS-L Digest - 25 Sep 1995 to 26 Sep 1995 ************************************************ Topics of the day: 1. candy bars and measurements (9) 2. candy bars and measurements -Reply (3) 3. address needed 4. Nova 5. going metric (2) 6. intense linguists with messy offices 7. Going Decimal (3) 8. ? Phrase: "Johnny at the rathole" (fwd) 9. Phrase 10. driving on the left ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 06:59:29 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: candy bars and measurements a couple of questions for those with the inclination to respond: candy bars i was a bit surprised to find that "candy bar" is not in any of my american english dictionaries, since, for me, this is not entirely compositional in meaning. candy bars are chocolate bars (or bars involving chocolate at least on the outside, like a mars bar or a kit kat). it would be weird (for me) to refer to a bar of licorice or nougat or peanut brittle as a "candy bar." do others share this intuition? or is a chocolate bar a prototypical candy bar, but the others are still candy bars? (maybe my intuitions are fading.) and is there any part of the u.s. in which "candy bar" is not used? measurement what do you call the system of measurement that americans use (i.e., the non-metric system). it seems to me i've heard "english", but this isn't in my dictionaries. i think "imperial" refers to another system altogether (isn't an imperial gallon different than a u.s. gallon?). does the system even have a name? thanks in advance, lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]muse.arts.wits.ac.za Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-4199 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA