White, Bill <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <BBABF678CB1B30418A
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'Resurrection of antiquated terms', on Mon, 21 Jul 2003:
>Why do are tube trains nowadays 'non-stopping' at a station instead of
@non-stopping' is a jargon term used in the industry. That's an
explanation, not a justification.
>The London Underground is also host to a unique crime it calls
>'pickpocketing'. This form of theft until recently was called 'picking
True, but the noun 'pickpocket' is of considerable age. 'Picking' in
this context is figurative these days, so maybe it's better to have a
non-figurative word; easier on the non-native speakers.
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