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comment “Carry on” vs. “go ahead”
@Hellion This is usually true, but I'd add the possible exception in a military setting, where "carry on smartly" can be for sending someone away, either to begin or continue. Carry-On Smartly: (Normally followed by the word Shipmate, if your not a NUB!) A navy tradition to be curt or kind in terms of sending someone away. It's all in the tone of voice and delivery. nukeworker.com/forum/index.php?topic=26145.0
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comment How does one address a blended family in which the members have different surnames?
"The kids don't know...why they have a different last name from those of their siblings. Teachers don't know what to make of it..." Exactly. Thanks. I still wish there was a definitive answer, but I'll go with "Dear Ms. Smith and family" for the reasons stated under the other answer.
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comment How does one address a blended family in which the members have different surnames?
I'm curious why I was down voted a couple times. Is there some way I could improve my question or a reason why it was down voted? I wasn't sure this was on topic when I posted it, and whether it was a question of etiquette, but I'm particularly interested in whether there are rules for this situation.
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comment Is there an acceptable corresponding negative to “well off”?
@hildred Well on makes me think of old age or time, not affluence.
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comment How does one address a blended family in which the members have different surnames?
+1 for mention of no formal rules in the US about no formal rule for naming children's surnames. However, I'm not quite willing to accept the answer yet. It would be ideal to see some documentation. Maybe someone works in a social services or government office and has more experience with this situation.
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comment How does one address a blended family in which the members have different surnames?
@Mari-LouA I agreee. I'm unwilling to invent a rule that may offend some members of the family. Perhaps Ms. Smith and family (since I believe the children's mother is the head of the household rather than her parents) is the best form of address.
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comment Where did the phrase “shut up” as an expression of disbelief or amazement originate?
Thanks for the Seinfeld excerpt. 1992 is the earliest usage I've seen.
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comment Where did the phrase “shut up” as an expression of disbelief or amazement originate?
The earliest date you mentioned here was 2003. The movie The Princess Diaries was from 2001. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_Diaries_(film) Does anyone have an earlier example?
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