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Ah. Then I don't know what you're referring to, I didn't realize we ever had such laws. Before my time, perhaps? :P 

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I think where it gets messy is when you are a person who has great influence over others and just the fact that you intensely dislike a certain other person or group and make this public can be taken as justification for or even a call to violence by your followers without you ever having to explicitly make any suggestions or demands. 

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Yes and then there are the instances of staged outrage.

The Salman Rushdie affair, for instance.

He received a public apology from a group who freely admitted, they had been instructed by a senior cleric, to act as though they were offended by his work.

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Merry Christmas, everyone! 

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Merry Christmas Toby! Still a few hours to go, here....

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You too, JP! Goodnight, all!

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Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope you had a great time. :smile:

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Merry Christmas, everyone! Going to my sister's this morning for breakfast. We had our extended family Christmas last Sunday, but my sister includes me in certain things so I won't be by myself on Christmas Day. Hope everyone has a great day.

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That sounds nice, kimber!  Have fun!

 

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Merry Christmas everyone! We basically did our stuff yesterday with family, today I relax and play with my presents (I got a jigsaw puzzle, yay.) :D Peace and joy to all.

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What's the picture on your puzzle?  Or is it one of those that comes in a plain box, so that you don't know what it is till you've finished assembling it?

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Map of the world, but filled with tiny pictures of things each continent is known for, like the Taj Mahal, or cowboys.

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Today, in somebody else's bathroom, I saw a bottle of dishwashing liquid lined up on the edge of the tub with the shampoos and shower gels. I can't get this anomaly out of my head and keep wondering what Sherlock would make of it. Didn't know the people well enough to ask without being awkward. 

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Might have been used to get something else out of someone’s hair.  I tried a new shampoo once which, after a few uses, had my hair coated in a waxy substance that left it stiff and crinkly like paper when dried.  I rinsed and washed my hair with other shampoos over and over again trying to get it out, but nothing worked.  I finally turned to the internet, and other people experiencing the same problem suggested dishwashing liquid (in small amounts, because it’s very rough on hair).

 

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I keep a bottle of dishwashing detergent and a bottle of liquid laundry detergent in the bathroom cupboard, and use them, somewhat interchangeably, for random jobs.  One thing is cleaning the toilet, both at home at at Mom's.  I don't like to keep hazardous chemicals in the house, so I use dishwashing detergent (after all, it's meant for porcelain, isn't it?).  I usually add some disinfectant and/or mineral-deposit remover.  I also use either detergent for washing minor laundry by hand, though I suspect that our regular liquid hand soap might work just as well.

In the kitchen, we keep dishwashing liquid in pump bottles, and also use it for washing our hands.

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11 hours ago, besleybean said:

My old school pal used to wash her hair with washing up liquid.

As I recall, [Br] "washing up" = [Am] "doing the dishes."  Therefore I assume that [Br] "washing up liquid" (a new term to me) = [Am] "dishwashing liquid"?  That is, the soap-like stuff that you use in order to get your dishes clean?

British naturally "wash up" after a meal, whereas Americans "wash up" before a meal, because over here it means washing one's hands and possibly face, etc. -- i.e., making oneself presentable.  As has probably already been said, it's a wonder that we understand each other at all!

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Some of us also "wash up" after a meal, but that means doing the dishes, not ourselves. :smile: 

Context is everything!

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While Googling "washing up" (though I don't now recall why), I came upon this discussion, which includes this aside by one Paul Danon (and even though I am not familiar with his references, I thoroughly enjoyed his "definitions"):

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Which brings me to my latest medley of those wavy, coloured words which you have to type-in before posting a comment. Far from being random strings, they are genuine lexemes, usually non-English and rich in connotation, if not actual meaning.


Messingl - German, small town in Bavaria renowned for practical joking; avoid this Thursday
restial - church-calendar, midweek feast-day on which no work is done
cogami - Japanese, art of folding raw fish into interesting shapes
pecheeki - Belgian, rude statue in Brussels street
Fortha - Irish, national army
freganti - Italian, illicit pleasures
manogra - pharmaceuticals, male aphrodisiac
Volemite - Australian, spread made from crushed rodents
ohions - American, midwestern vegetables
woksie - Chinese, music made with frying-pans

 

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What the hell do you call the stuff you use to wash your dishes?

And I speak as someone who doesn't even use the term 'dishes'...but that's a whole other thing!

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Dish-washing liquid. :D

Or just "dish soap."

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Happy New Year, my fine fellow forum frequenters.

 

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