Awhile back I went to a work conference, and there were some folks there from several other countries, so being a typical American I observed and was amused by some of the things they said. My favorite new phrase was spoken by a British fellow, expressing, well, disbelief at the way a certain process worked, how overly complicated the layers of bureaucracy were to get something important done. He said, “It beggars me why…” I promptly amused myself for the next 10 minutes or so thinking about how much more colorful of an expression that is than just saying, “I don’t understand why…” Perhaps we should rename this series ‘It Beggars Me Where…Went!’
Once upon a time we lived in a few houses with fancy linoleum floors in the kitchen. Smooth, seamless, easy to clean, what wasn’t to like? But somewhere along the way, covering your floor with sheets of plastic has fallen out of favor. Or, at least, proudly admitting such with a brand name is out of favor. Now it is laminate, or maybe, maybe, vinyl flooring, but likely it will be given some other name to hide it’s true linoleum nature. What ever happened to linoleum?
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