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August 5th, 2004, 12:06 AM #1
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The name refers to the Earl of Sandwich who lived 1718 to 1792. The British have always been betting and gambling buffs. It's in accordance with their idea of sports and sportsmanship - basically a British philosophy. But the Earl of Sandwich overdid it even by British standards. During his gambling days, taking meals was considered by him as highly unwelcome interruptions. He therefore invented a kind of meal not requiring him to exchange the gambling table for the dinning table: sandwiches.
August 5th, 2004, 12:21 AM #2
I thought by "ha ha" you were the special kind of ditch you sometimes see in British stately homes known as a ha-ha, used to keep cattle and sheep out of the main house grounds.
Basically it consists of a wall one the near site to the house and a gentle slop dug down to it. From the house you can't see the ditch because of the way it's constructed, so you get what appears to be an un-interrupted view of the land around the house.
It's called a ha-ha, because often visitors to these houses would go out for a walk in the grounds of the house and then unexpectly come across this hidden ditch with a quite large drop.. at which point the owner would go "ha ha!".
August 6th, 2004, 10:25 AM #3
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dynamoo:
I thought by "ha ha" you were the special kind of ditch you sometimes see in British stately homes known as a ha-ha, used to keep cattle and sheep out of the main house grounds. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
They also allow you to exclaim when coming across one "Aha a ha ha"