Re: Not directly a copier msg, but hey...

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This message was posted by Arakon, posted on September 19, 2001 at 14:48:56 coming from 217.86.9
This message is a reply to Re: Not directly a copier msg, but hey... posted from The English Pedant posted at September 19, 2001 at 06:00:49
> > > Finished it yesterday at 2 am, four hours before I had my first day at "army-alternative-service" (called "zivildienst" in germany, something you do when you don't want to go to army even though it's duty in the country you live in... doing social work and such. Dunno what's the correct english expression, maybe Arakon [or somebody else] will find a better word for it>

> >"Social Service" seems to work.. there simply is no actual word for it in english.

> Hmmm, I think that 'Community Service' would be a better english phrase. It's used to keep teenagers busy and to punish petty criminals (George Michael for example).

it's technically no punishment, but a requirement by law for any male over 18 here.
it does suck, is paid badly, and ruins lots of job chances.. so I guess it can qualify as punishment :P

> 'Social Services' is the name given to the organisation that looks after the good of children, olds etc. They're the people who are called in when a child is being neglected for example.

actually, that is just what we have to do here. the main jobs are caring for old people, working in hospitals, etc.

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