[SpamCop-Social] Re: The Ultimate Easy Quiz
Antoine J. Mechelynck
Tue Feb 4 07:10:36 EST 2003
"Guy Macon" <guymacon+spamcop-newsgroups01> a écrit dans le
message de news: b1lero$s3l$1
> Antoine J. Mechelynck <antoine.mechelynck> wrote:
> > New Oxford Dictionary of English, © 1998-2001, p.247 under "bury":
> > p.1950 under "tomb":
> > *tomb* |> *noun* a large vault, typically an underground one, for
> > burying the dead. [...] * a monument to the memory of a dead person,
> > erected over their burial place [...]
> > So, AFAICT, people are buried, among other places, in tombs.
> Point well taken. People are buried in that subset of tombs that are
> below ground, but are entombed, not buried in that subset of tombs
> that are above ground.
> > ...so, "who is buried in Grant's tomb?" AFAICT, it is Grant. Probably
> > Ulysses S. Grant.
> In my opinion, this highlights a flaw in the wording of that question.
> While "Grant's Tomb" may be well know in the U.S., it is clearly not
> well-known internationally, which tells me that I need to modify the
> question so that it excludes Cary Grant, etc. This will also remove
> any question as to whether his tomb is an underground or abovground
And what, pray, lies below U.S. Grant's [aboveground] tomb if not his and
his wife's [belowground] tomb(s)?
> > And you knew all that off the top of your head? Or did you have to
> > research it?
> I knew that Charles XIV of Sweden was from France and where the beer
> came from, but had to look up the specifics. The other questions I did
> not know the answers to, but found them within five minutes or so of
Well, I didn't know many of the answers to your questions, and most of those
I knew (such as the "Pennsylvania Dutch") had already been answered when I
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