LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||21/OUT/2009 9:53 PM|
PPAULO used the expression "red tape" yesterday. According to an English teacher I had (who's not a native speaker by the way), this expression means "bureaucracy" or "excessive and unecessary paperwork."
Some time ago, however, I tried to use this expression in a conversation with a Canadian. This person said she had never heard the expression. She thought the expression was British or something like that.
So my questions are: How common is this expression today? Does it sound old-fashioned? In what countries is it used more often?
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