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Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? formal question put to those appearing before the Committee on UnAmerican Activities during the McCarthy campaign of 1950–4 against alleged Communists in the US government and other institutions; the allusive form are you now or have you ever been? derives from this.

are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin introduction to stories on Listen with Mother, BBC radio programme for small children, 1950–82.

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