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Agony Aunt.
« on: October 29, 2011, 08:00:59 AM »
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Dear Agony Aunt.

I am confused about the whole issue of the 'Undead'. If you tie a shoelace it is tied, and if you untie it, it is untied and has all of the characteristics of being untied i.e. all over the place and floppy, a bit like being a zombie.

However, if you die, you're dead, but if you return from the dead, like being revived after croaking from a heart attack or something, surely you're not 'undead' but actually 'alive'?

Please help as this is twisting my Melon

Dear Confused.

The dictionary defines 'undead' as being 'technically dead yet still animate', which applies equally to Zombies, Vampires, High Court Judges, Mummies and of course to Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. In the case of being 'revived' following a heart attack or other medical cause of death, you are being brought back to a state almost identical to that which you were in prior to the heart attack. Your body retains all of the higher functions of the living, and requires no 'supernatural' assistance.

'Undead', as there are no higher functions involved, therefore doesn't mean 'alive' but rather 'in a condition such that you could be a guest on the Jeremy Kyle Show'.

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Re: Agony Aunt.
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2011, 07:29:58 PM »
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Re: Agony Aunt.
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2011, 10:16:09 PM »
I've always wondered if the word immortal should have been amortal.
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Re: Agony Aunt.
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2011, 10:51:23 PM »
I've always wondered if the word immortal should have been amortal.

I think along the lines of moral, immoral, and amoral -
Mortal -alive but with an end in sight, immortal - alive with no end,  amortal - inanimate
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Re: Agony Aunt.
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2011, 09:17:33 AM »
Why do people say 'me personally', or 'personally I...' or indeed 'me personally I.....'  when 'personally' could be removed and the point still made?


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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2011, 10:50:33 AM »
Why do people say 'me personally', or 'personally I...' or indeed 'me personally I.....'  when 'personally' could be removed and the point still made?

A belt-and-braces emphasis that one is not talking on behalf of everyone?
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2011, 01:52:17 PM »
Good thinking Batman. English is such a freaky language sometimes.

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Re: Agony Aunt.
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2011, 10:09:42 AM »
Dear Agony Aunt

Is it my imagination or have the posts on the forums suddenly started appearing in reverse order?

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Re: Agony Aunt.
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2011, 03:42:37 PM »
Why do people say 'me personally', or 'personally I...' or indeed 'me personally I.....'  when 'personally' could be removed and the point still made?

A belt-and-braces emphasis that one is not talking on behalf of everyone?
The French also do this with 'moi' (which is very pretentious of them).

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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2011, 12:27:22 PM »
Everything sounds pretentious in French though.

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Re: Agony Aunt.
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2016, 03:22:13 PM »
Dear Agony Aunt,

We are having trouble making friends in our peer group, and would like your advice. We feel we are treated as different from everybody else merely because we recall and reminisce about events over three weeks ago, whereas everyone else seems to be living in the present. Even our roommate, who is quite intellectual, thinks our behaviour is risqué and gauche, and is often frustrated that we don't listen to their advice to let go and embrace euphoric safety. What are we doing wrong? How can we meet others like us?

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