J---: although google fight is most amusing
J---: it does not provide a refresher on 8th grade grammar and indefinite and definite articles
J---: china responded
Scott: I saw. And the Netherlands Antilles split into two countries!
J---: didnt see that yet
Scott: Have to update my chart.
J---: we better hurry.... belgium might as well...
Scott: Yeah, after we already screwed the pooch on South Ossetia last year.
J---: i obviously no longer am familiar with the english lang. screw the pooch?
Scott: You are not familiar with the extremely archaic version of the English language that I aspire to: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/screw_the_pooch
J---: i see
J---: did we mess up with s ossetia? as in the us?
Scott: South Ossetia's one of the breakaway republics of Georgia.
Scott: You know, south of Atlanta.
Scott: J---, you have to realize, you may be a native speaker, but your head is all filled up with other languages too. It's screwing up your command of the language. So, I'm the authority here--the only foreign language I can kind of speak is Spanish, and as Carlos will attest, when it comes to that I merely produce gibberish.
J---: yes but i think russia did well.
J---: on that one.
J---: us was looking to pick a fight and georgia was silly enuf to play ball
J---: silly georgians
Scott: I read in one of the Wikileaks that Putin's got his eyes on a chunk of the Ukraine. Cartographers are going to have a busy decade.
J---: as he should
J---: cartographers should not have been as busy as they were post berlin wall collapse
J---: did you see lux's answer?
J---: very amusing
Scott: Yes. I sent a pedantic email back explaining the difference between the two abbreviations [i.d. and e.g.], while conceding that most English speakers goof it up too.
Scott: But we have more atomic weapons than Luxembourg, so we're allowed.
J---: oh no, you didnt?
Scott: I pick on landlocked countries. That's how I roll.
J---: How German of you...