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by Ken Greenwald
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 9
Views: 1056

tinfoil hat

The cover story in this week’s issue of the news magazine The Week says: Trump’s ‘truthers’ — The tinfoil-hat campaign to discredit Mueller’s Russia investigation The cover shows two investigators with grim looks and wearing what looks like aluminum foil hats that rise to a point. In the article it ...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: prepared to / willing to
Replies: 9
Views: 413

Re: prepared to / willing to

One could argue that "prepared to" implies that one has the tools to do the job, whereas "willing to" says that "I'll give it a go" even if I don't necessarily have the tools to do the job (e.g. "I am prepared to go to war" vs. "I am willing to go to war.") Perhaps the ones who are prepared have bee...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Money
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: Money

In the USA I would say 'exposed' or showing.
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Ken — January 17, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bizarro
Replies: 5
Views: 316

Re: bizarro

In Italian we have 'bizzarro' for bizarre. They threw in an extra 'z' to make it really strange. :o
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Ken — January 16, 2918
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bizarro
Replies: 5
Views: 316

Re: bizarro

Tony,

Could be.
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Ken — January 16, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bizarro
Replies: 5
Views: 316

bizarro

<2017 “Some conservatives see upside-down [[Christmas]] trees as yet more proof of liberals’ politically correct war on Christian traditions. ‘It’s like the upside-down world . . . the bizarro world,’ . . .”— The Week , December 22/December 29> The meaning is obvious. Using this word I got 4 hits i...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just legs.
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Just legs.

Bob,

I always have the gut feeling that there should be an apostrophe. Same story for hers. It doesn't make sense, but that the way it is. :(
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Ken — January 13, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 263

Re: shambolic

Phil,

Thanks for pointing that out. I got a bit paranoid about that and so have dated all my postings since then, which is probably unnecessary, but I do it anyway out of habit and just in case.
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Ken — January 9, 2018 :)
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 263

shambolic

“Overseas, Trump has pounded ISIS to the brink of defeat [[fake fact?]], taken a tough line with Iran and North Korea, and finally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. ‘None of this is to deny Trump’s failings’; he remains a deeply divisive figure, with ‘a shambolic governing style.’”— Th...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bravura
Replies: 0
Views: 129

bravura

<2018 “If 2016 was the bravura opener and 2017 the tension-building second act, 2018 could deliver an action-packed conclusion to the Russia imbroglio.”— npr.org , 2 January> Although one might guess its meaning from the context, I’m unfamiliar with the word so I’ll do some delving. Erik did use it...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: And a very happy New Year
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: And a very happy New Year

Phil,

That YouTube is beautiful. And a Happy New Years to you all.

Ken
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: foofaraw
Replies: 2
Views: 220

foofaraw

<2017 “It seems ludicrous—all that futzing for ‘a’ [[the word]]. No one pays attention to little words like this. Everyone knows what they mean, and all this foofaraw has zero impact on the way we live our lives. Then again, debate over the meaning of ‘is’—one of the simplest words in the English l...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.
Replies: 13
Views: 851

Re: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.

I'm not much of a grammarian, but here's what I think on this. I would use the singular verb since the subject is "one" and "in a million is just an adjectival addition which describes the "one."
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Ken Greenwald — December 26, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Christmas Time
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Christmas Time

Happy holidays to one and all.
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Ken Greenwald — December 24, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Why is a knitted or crocheted coverlet called an afghan?
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

Re: Why is a knitted or crocheted coverlet called an afghan?

I was not paying attention when I wrote this post, but rather than toss it I will be redundant and add it to the pile: :cry: According to Wikipedia [ Afghan (blanket)] : Defintion : An afghan is a blanket [[or woven rug]] of knitted or crocheted wool, cotton, linen (or many other kinds of natural ma...