July 15, 2002
WTC Site News

Jeff sent me this story about news on how New York City is planning on re-developing the WTC site. But this is just a start. I'll be amazed if the plans don't get tied up in court for years a-la the WWII memorial down here in D.C. When you have this many people with this much passionate interest, it's going to be bugger-all to please them enough not to sue.

Posted by scott at July 15, 2002 03:23 PM

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Ooh, I get to quote Inigo Montoya. Actually, I've always thought that's slightly crass. Nevermind.

However charming it might be to watch Americans trying to absorb some British slang, can I point out that the most facile translation of bugger-all would be one of 'nothing', 'very little' or 'grossly insufficient'?

Also, why is the Alt-text on all the category graphics '$MTCategoryLabel$'? Wouldn't the, er, category label make more sense? :)

Posted by: Robert UK on July 16, 2002 08:28 AM

Actually, I got the sense of bugger-all from Good Omens, a Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman collaboration. Click here for an explanation. It seems to me to be used as "to hell with this", at least in that quote. Even then I'm probably still mis-using it. But what's to say it's not american slang now? :)

I'll check on the category thing. That's supposed to turn *into* the label, but for some reason seems it's not right now.

Posted by: scott on July 16, 2002 11:41 AM

And BTW, could you tell me what, exactly a "git" is? I've always been under the impression it is roughly equivalent to "one who has *relations* with a sheep or other animal", but nobody's ever actually come out and said what it meant.

Posted by: scott on July 16, 2002 11:59 AM

OK! Now is going to translate all of that for me? LOL

Posted by: Pat on July 16, 2002 07:09 PM
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