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LF: Re: Off-topic: For non-UK readers

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Subject: LF: Re: Off-topic: For non-UK readers
From: "Stewart Nelson" <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 19:06:06 +0200
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Hi Mike,

The phrase is very common in the U.S.

Just for laughs, I did an altavista search and 30778 pages were
found.  With "+host:uk" added, the hit count went down to 1328.

Results in the top 20 from the first search included the titles:

Changing the World on a Shoestring , Parties on a Shoestring,
Homeschooling On a Shoestring, and Starting an E-Business on a Shoestring

73,

Stewart

----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Dennison" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 4:43 PM
Subject: LF: Off-topic: For non-UK readers


With apologies to UK readers, I am using this forum to survey non-UK amateurs about the term "on a shoestring" which the RSGB may be using in the title of a future project. I would like to know whether its UK meaning "for very little money" is widely understood around the world, especially in the US and Australia. This may sound an obvious question but I am well aware that an American puts his pants on over his shorts, but a Brit does the opposite (was this Superman's problem?) and an Australian would use Durex to make sure nothing leaked out of a parcel whilst a Brit would use it for a quite different purpose.
Thanks in advance for any help on this one.

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