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Author:  J Kaufman [ Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Language lesson

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, was the one who tabled an amendment calling for a second vote.

The New Yorker, which is published in New York, should know better, when the writer is the capable but British-born John Cassidy. Table is one of those words with opposite meanings on the opposite sides of the Atlantic. In British parliamentary practice, it means to put forth a proposal; in American lawmaking, it means postponing action, usually with a view to burying an unwanted proposal.

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