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62 Responses to 21 Reasons Why English Sucks

  1. Profile photo of SomeShoes
    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    March 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    Link: 21 Reasons Why English Sucks - 6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
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    mrpuddle Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    Meh, Some languages have two ways more of saying something feminine and masculine...and some talk backwards.
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    tn11 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    Meh. We all know this.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm
    Quicksand takes you down slowly,
    Boxing rings are square,
    And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

    If writers write, how come fingers don`t fing?
    If the plural of tooth is teeth,
    Shouldn`t the plural of phone booth be phone beeth?
    If the teacher taught,
    Why hasn`t the preacher praught?

    If a vegetarian eats vegetables,
    What the heck does a humanitarian eat?
    Why do people recite at a play,
    Yet play at a recital?
    Park on driveways and
    Drive on parkways?
    How can the weather be as hot as hell on one day
    And as cold as hell on another?
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    riseplease19 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    i actually think that its awesome because of that
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    HappyDreamer Female 13-17
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    Sounds like tounge twisters to me sort of. :-D
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    Farsidedown Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    angelmassb-
    I always viewed the weather being either "hot as balls" or "cold as tits".
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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    My security software blocked this link... not gonna take the chance.
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    Ghostofme16 Female 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    And of course the famous, "Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo in Buffalo."
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    SmilinSam Female 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm
    hahaha this is great.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    It`s a Flutter-bye not a Butterfly.
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    Creabhain Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    If something is transported on the roads it is "shipped" yet if it is transported by boat it is called "Cargo".
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    motownc Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm
    Pah, those are nothing compared to the mighty, all time top foreign person baffling sentence: "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo". This is grammatically valid and English and demonstrates that most English speaking people will struggle if there`s enough homonyms and homophones in a sentence. If you want to get really nasty the following sentence is grammatically valid if punctuated correctly: "James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher".
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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm
    All that was, is different Emphasis on the different emphAsis, and it`ll make sense.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm
    @motownc

    James, while John had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.
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    EntrE Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm
    i always thought that english would actually need a whole bunch of extra letters. or maybe accents like the french do. you know, like é, è and ê and stuff. or simply use new signs like the ß in german. idk why the english speaking never had that idea...

    @handimanner: wouldn`t flutterby make even more sense?
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    EntrE Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    oh great IAB isn`t even able to show those. you fail, IAB!
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm
    It`s not as irrational as it might first seem. I can explain some of Angelmassb`s examples off the top of my head and no doubt I could find explanations for the others.

    When the word "quicksand" was made, "quick" meant "life, alive, living". It was thought to pull you down, like a living thing taking prey.

    Boxing rings were originally round.

    the `arian` ending indicates a focus or association. It is not restricted to a specific association, such as eating.

    Driveways were originally the route (way) taken to drive from a road to a house. The word dates back to horses and carriages and the stately homes they went to - there was some distance to drive from the road to the house.

    Parkways were originally routes (ways) to parks.

    "hell" is being used as an emphasis word in those contexts. Emphasis words are rarely literal. Besides, hell has been described as both extremes of temperature - anyth
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm
    Wow, this must be older than the internet by now.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm
    [quote">i always thought that english would actually need a whole bunch of extra letters. or maybe accents like the french do.[/quote">

    It used to have both extra letters and accents (although those were added later to improve clarity).

    Before that, it was written with runes. The "Elvish" runes in The Hobbit are actually the oldest extant form of written English. The collection of runes used is called Futhorc. If you`ve read Tolkien`s work, that might well sound like a word from Middle-Earth to you. The association is really the other way around - Tolkien drew on old English (and other languages from the same time, such as Norse) when creating the names and languages in his work.

    Futhorc and later Old English alphabet

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    premierwondr Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    Angillion beat me to the parkway point I wanted to make! Damn you and your knowledge
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm
    Ye gods, IAB is buggy! Here`s the rest of the mangled post:

    Modern recreation of a scop performing the opening of Beowulf

    That`s later Old English, c. 1000AD, when it had already been changing for centuries on the way to modern English.
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    That`s nothing. Try this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm
    The actual posts is crap, the comments on the site are hilarious. Those guys are getting so angry and personal.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm
    I looked up Guinea pig because I was curious about it. Its etymology isn`t certain, but there are good pieces of evidence:

    i) They almost certainly came to both north America and Britain on ships trading between Guinea, the Americas and Britain. Those ships were often called "Guinea-men".

    ii) For a while in Britain, many of the new animals and objects brought in from further afield than northern Europe were commonly labelled as "Guinea". It was in common usage as meaning essentially "from far away, exotic".

    As for "pig", well, they look more like little pigs than they look like other animals familiar to people in Britain. Although they were also known as "Spanish rabbits" for a while.

    The average 17th century Briton had a minimal grasp of world geography. Southern Spain, Africa, South America...it was all foreign places far away.
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    Djarum Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm
    Well, at least it`s not Latin or your mind would be fuqked. My Latin teacher use to give extra credit with crazy puzzles where by repeating certain words you could create a fuqkload of crazy sentences.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm
    you mean badass. if you can tell what word is what, then it`s awesome.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm
    that was a fun read
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    Jakey72 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm
    These are all easily understandable, therefore English does not `suck`.
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    NinjaOfLove Female 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm
    They ended #5 in a preposition.
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    Matholameu Male 70 & Over
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    March 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm
    21 reasons why English is funny... yes? Sucks? No.
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    Slotherder Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
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    danky Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 7:36 pm
    troll harder
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    March 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    As a language to learn it probably does. However I cannot picture my life without it.

    I bet the Grammar Nazi`s are having a fit over this posts insinuation.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm
    The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.



    Commence Operation Dessert Storm!
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    nimrodfunk Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm
    If it is it, it is it, if it is, it is it, it is!
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    March 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm
    awwww poo, only people who cant speak it complain about it. Stop complaining and learn it already. cant wait till the whole world speaks english, make life easier for everyone.
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    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    wait what was this supposed to cure my boredom?
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2011 at 11:47 pm
    I agree. The English do suck.
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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 12:58 am
    yeah...
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    Rizel Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 1:09 am
    Whats the difference here between most languages. In Japanese for instance Kabe and Kabe are two different things (wall and pig) respectively depending on the inflection...
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    Vimto Male 40-49
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    April 1, 2011 at 1:20 am
    English is an interesting language. It`s massively complicated to learn due to the poor structure, even a large amount of native english speakers suffer with the written form. However it is very good at communicating a lot of information in a very few words, especially when you take account of context or tone of speech, hence it is not generally spoken as quickly as say the Meditteranian (sp?) languages.
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    gary8162 Male 40-49
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    April 1, 2011 at 3:38 am
    Yeah, maybe english does suck. But does it swallow?
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    felixbuzz Male 60-69
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    April 1, 2011 at 4:00 am
    I`m not from England or America, but it`s pretty clear to most of the world that there`s far more reasons Americans suck, the main one of course being the amount of obese, not-too-bright people getting White collar jobs, while in the rest of the world, people of the same intelligence are stacking shelves and failing college. bill flipping gates is a college dropout; only in America, eh?
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    felixbuzz Male 60-69
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    April 1, 2011 at 4:03 am
    so let`s see you yanks create a better language.
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    jimbobsthebe Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 4:14 am
    Try to say: 4 is 4. 10 is 10. 14 is 14. 40 is 40... in Mandarin!
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    Lednar Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 4:28 am
    @gary8162

    ololol
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    slimofswiv Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2011 at 4:58 am
    i agree with felixbuzz, if it sucks go fc.uk yourselves and invent your own language, england rules, end of ;-)
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    I-Am-Goatse Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 5:04 am
    Yeah gates was a college dropout that saw the potential of QDOS, improved it, and is now richer than you ever will be.

    So lets see YOU create (or even buy and modify) a better operating system and getting filthy rich in the process.
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    I-Am-Goatse Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 5:11 am
    slimofswiv:

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    kyari05 Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 5:51 am
    These are always so dumb. It assumes English is the only language where there are homonyms, or even the most severe one, but that`s just not true. Try out some Chinese long words in Korean ...
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2011 at 6:34 am
    @felixbuzz

    Soooo let me get this straight it`s the U.S.A`s fault you failed out of college and stock shelves for a living??
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    vorpalsword Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 8:12 am
    @felixbuzz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PaHcZUHI00
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    yoda141 Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 10:48 am
    English is an easy language but it doesn`t "suck". I actually like it better for lyrics than my mother language spanish.
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    bataleon27 Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 10:50 am
    hmm... surely this is the same in any other languages. There called `homophones` - no that doesn`t mean their gay...
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    Nothing i didnt already know
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    nicalobe Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    Really? No Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo?
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    Lord_Jereth Male 40-49
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    April 2, 2011 at 9:32 am
    @bataleon27

    There, they`re, their.

    *face palm*

    8-) LJ
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    TokioKoos Female 18-29
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    April 2, 2011 at 10:34 am
    That`s brilliant! I teach English as a second language, I can always use stuff like this in my lessons.
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    Andicicle Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2011 at 11:14 am
    yeaaaah... all languages have words with multiple meanings sometimes pronounced differently; sometimes not. get ovah it! or learn Swahili click language.
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    Deviros Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm
    I like how the blog is built on a default wordpress template...
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    ryski_59 Female 18-29
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    April 5, 2011 at 5:57 am
    @nicalobe
    Wow never heard of that. It`s interesting but now my head hurts. its too early for that as of yet >.<
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