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The Bastards

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by HeinekenMan, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. HeinekenMan

    HeinekenMan Active Member

    This from an AP story today. Pay particular attention to what happened to the 90,000 children:

    "With a temperature of 12 below zero and wind chill of 31 below, Wisconsin's largest school district, Milwaukee Public Schools, also shut down, idling some 90,000 children. In upstate New York, 34,000 kids got the day off in Rochester because of near-zero temperatures. Schools also closed in parts of Michigan."

    Have you ever been idled? Does it hurt? Does it involve the anus? What a ridiculous choice of words. It makes it sound as if the kids are in peril. They could have used "delighting" just as easily, and that, at least, would have been more accurate.
     
  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    I don't disagree. But while I've never heard that at team was "idling" you often here that a team is idle this week. I guess the pupils are idle, huh?
     
  3. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    "An idling mind is the Devil's workingshop."
     
  4. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Oh, ya got trouble . . .
     
  5. HeinekenMan

    HeinekenMan Active Member

    If idling is jerking it to mom's Victoria's Secret catalog, then, yes, a great many of the male pupils are idling today.
     
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    My only problem with idling is that it wastes gas and contributes to global warming.
     
  7. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member


    Here is a link to the definition of idling. The word fits perfectly in the context for which it is used.
     
  8. HeinekenMan

    HeinekenMan Active Member

    Pastor,

    You passed my test. I wanted to see who knew what a wonderful verb idling is.
     
  9. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    Uh huh. ::)
     
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    The problem with the story is that it's not the word so much as the effect of the cold. The kids are happy to be out of school. It's the parents who have to scramble to deal with it.
     
  11. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    In Louisville, it's against the law to idle in public. Both under Ace's and Heineken's definitions.
     
  12. HeinekenMan

    HeinekenMan Active Member

    What I really wanted to portray is that the word seemed to have some negative connotation. I think Ace explores this.
     
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