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Autor:  Tiago T.
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Data:  21/OUT/2009 9:53 PM
Assunto:  Red tape
 
Mensagem:  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?

Thanks,
Tiago


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
 Red tape  –  Tiago T.  21/OUT/2009, 9:53 PM
Red tape  –  Petty Bat  21/OUT/2009, 10:58 PM
Red tape  –  PPAULO  22/OUT/2009, 6:40 AM
Red tape  –  Fran  22/OUT/2009, 12:37 PM
Red tape  –  T Amil  22/OUT/2009, 9:30 PM
Red tape  –  marc  30/OUT/2009, 12:03 PM

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