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"Place on A Map" vs "Put on the Map", etc.

 
 
Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2003 07:43 am
(1) QARSHI, Uzbekistan, Oct. 17 - Uzbekistan seems like such an unlikely ally - a country most Americans couldn't place on a map or, at best, remember as a part of the former Soviet Union.

Does " place on a map" equal to "put on the map"?

(2) You could save up to 40% on your home insurance with Direct Line
15% introductory discount for all new home insurance customers.

What's "introductory discount"?

(3) Caught in the Middle East

Caught is the past participle of catch. But what does "caught" mean here?
I guess the catch here means "to ignite". Rolling Eyes

(4) Regarding "practical joke"
At least about 10 words can mean "practical joke" in certain context, they are: gambade, hoax, hotfoot, legpull, mischief, monkeyshine, prank, quiz. But there is someone who claims the one which is being most commonly used is "escapade". But I think escapde means "An adventurous, unconventional act or undertaking", different to "practical joke", which means "A mischievous trick played on a person, especially one that causes the victim to experience embarrassment, indignity, or discomfort."

Any opinion appreciated.
Thanks.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2003 10:30 am
place = find/locate
Couldn't place on the map means that the person/s could not find Uzbekistan if you put a map of it in front of them. It is also kind of sarcastic meaning your average american probably hasn't heard of Uzbekistan either.


Introductory offer - sales incentive
Many companies ie. telephone, cable, banks, insurance offer a special deals for first time customers. In the case above, the company offers a 25% discount to all customers. The Insurance company rewards new customers with a further 15% off the rates for a limited time period. A total of 40% savings.


Caught - held captive, unable to escape
Like a bug caught in a spiders web. The bug is stuck, tied up and cannot release itself from the dilema. If someone or thing is caught in the middle east is means they are cannot escape. Sometimes this term is used for phsycological reasons. A person can be 'caught between a rock and a hard place'. No easy answer or resolution to a problem.

Practical jokes - An escapade - because the (cruel) joke can be physical. Generally the object of the joke is to make a fool of the victim.
Mischief, pranks, hoax are all accurate descriptions of practical jokes. April fools day, in north america at least, is the one day given over totally to this pursuit.
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Turner 727
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2003 10:43 am
To me, place on a map means locate it. To be put on a map means that there was something done to make that place famous. Like The Loop, in Chi-Town, or Broadway.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2003 11:21 am

Hi Ceili,

Your reply is one of the best answers I've ever received! Thanks!
Also thank Turner_727. Smile
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