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[OT]Re: Spaces added ... and line endings in general

From: Lan Barnes
Subject: [OT]Re: Spaces added ... and line endings in general
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 09:49:56 -0800

"David H. Thornley" wrote:

> (And in reply to an earlier email:  a three-l lllama is in fact
> a pretty bad fire in Brooklyn.)
> (Explanation for those who need it:  in the US, fires are often
> measured in number of alarms, where a one-alarmer is a routine
> fire, and a five-alarmer is catastrophic.  In the traditional
> Brooklyn accent, "three-alarmer" would be pronounced much like
> "three-l lama".  I suppose this is what I get for trying to
> use a accent- and jargon-based joke in an international forum.)

{from memory, and not to be snarfed for sigs or quote files w/o research}

A one-L lama is a priest
A two-L llama is a beast
As far as I know, there is no such thing as a three-L lllama

[Ed note: A reader from Brooklyn, NY, has just written in saying that there
is a certain type of conflagration known as a "three-alama."]

                     - Ogden Nash in "The New Yorker"

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