Re: Wood Badge Paraphernalia
Lew Orans (lporans@ONRAMP.NET)
Sun, 4 Aug 1996 20:54:27 -0500
At 11:48 PM 8/4/96 +0100, you wrote:
>Sorry guys, but I really do take exception to being told I am wrong about
>something just because I happen to use the Oxford version of the
>English language and not Webster's.
I agree wholeheartedly. I believe in the OED, and in the proper use of our
language. Actually, Webster and American English are often identical or
quite close to the mother tongue when spoken and written properly. For the
sake of fact, here are three pertinent definitions from Webster (Random
House Webster's Dictionary).
shawl (sh=F4l) n.=20
1. a piece of wool or other fabric worn,=20
esp. by women, about the shoulders and=20
sometimes the head, for warmth or for=20
[1655-65; < Pers shal]
neck-er-chief (nek'uhr chif, -cheef ) n.=20
1. a cloth or scarf worn around the neck.
scarf  (sk=E4rf) n. pl. <scarfs, scarves> (sk=E4rvz), v. <
1. a long, sometimes broad strip of cloth=20
worn about the neck, shoulders, or head=20
for warmth or style.
2. a long cover or ornamental cloth for a=20
bureau, table, etc.
3. to cover or wrap with or as if with a=20
4. to use in the manner of a scarf.
[1545-55; perh. identical with SCARF 2]
scarf  (sk=E4rf) n. pl. <scarfs> v. <scarfed, scarf-ing>
1. a tapered end on a piece to be assembled=20
with a scarf joint.
2. to assemble with a scarf joint.
3. to form a scarf on (timber).
[1490-1500; < ON skarfr (der. of skera to cut) end=20
cut from a beam (hence perh. a piece of cloth cut=20
off, i.e., SCARF 1); cf. Sw skarv patch]
>Now can we get back to Scouting ?
Yours in Scouting,
Sam Houston Area Council
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