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by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother

Hi Tony, Thanks for the compliment and for pointing out that the Devil’s Grandmother is an old phrase in itself. I probably should have thought of searching for that too, but I’m afraid my search skills are a bit rusty. (>:) After further looking, here’s a bit more I found on Devil’s Grandmother : W...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother
Replies: 3
Views: 75

A gift from the Devil’s grandmother

<2007 “We [[physicists, Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger]] have squandered a lot of time on this, and the result looks like a gift from the devil’s grandmother. ”— Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, page 513> Einstein and Schrödinger had just completed a mammoth effort of once...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Why English is so hard to learn
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: Why English is so hard to learn

Tony, Context certainly does the trick. But in other languages are there such an abundance of words that rely on context? For a purist of some sort they would probably like to have a word's meaning stand on its own and not be dependent on helpers. ______________________________ Ken Greenwald - Decem...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Why English is so hard to learn
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Why English is so hard to learn

I think most native English speakers have seen lists like this before, but perhaps non-native English speakers have not. What I am wondering is if other languages don't run into the same sorts of problems or is English unique in that it runs into them so much more often. Sorry I can't name the sourc...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sea change
Replies: 10
Views: 616

Re: Sea change

John, thanks.
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Ken Greenwald—December 3, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scot-free
Replies: 2
Views: 71

scot-free

<2017 “The hideous crimes committed by the lunatic president of the U.S. are a blatant challenge to the dignity of the supreme leadership of North Korea,’ state-run North Korea newspaper Rodong Simun said. ‘Those who trample on and make a mockery of North Korea’s dignity can never go scot-free .’”— ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sea change
Replies: 10
Views: 616

Re: Sea change

"Sea Change" sounded familiar and I could have sworn I posted it many moons ago. I searched a list of my postings and sure enough I found that I had posted it back in 2002. So, not that it adds much to the above, I will re-post it here. It must have been wiped out in one of our data transfer glitche...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Scraping by
Replies: 7
Views: 1450

Re: Scraping by

"We're just making it" is a similar expression.
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Ken Greenwald — July 4, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Wed May 03, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: agitprop
Replies: 5
Views: 1724

agitprop

. <2017 “What a columnist owes his readers isn’t a bid for their constant agreement. It’s independent judgment. Opinion journalism is still journalism, not agitprop .”— New York Times , 30 April> Never heard of it, but it doesn’t sound like a good thing. MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE agitprop : noun and a...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: windfall
Replies: 7
Views: 2269

windfall

aaa <2017 “There are legitimate reasons to run deficits, including lifting the economy in tough times, strengthening the military against proven threats and building or rebuilding public infrastructure. Borrowing trillions of dollars to provide a huge windfall for people at the top is not one of th...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Knife
Replies: 5
Views: 1476

Re: Knife

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I'd call it a box cutter.
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Ken - March 5, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pluperfect
Replies: 1
Views: 1518

pluperfect

. 1997 “As for the nefarious Libby--presented, with perfect appropriateness, only as others see and hear her--she rivals Lydia Gwilt of Wilkie Collins's Armadale as the pluperfect villainess, and the centerpiece of an enormously entertaining and satisfying reading experience.” – From Kirkus Review ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: disorderly house
Replies: 3
Views: 1554

disorderly house

. <1994 “Well, it’s just that the average whore who works a disorderly house knows more ways to shake down a mark than I could probably list . . .”— The Alienist by Caleb Carr> Below I’ve listed a few synonyms and I’m sure there are many more, but I had never come across ‘disorderly house’ before: ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 68
Views: 33748

Re: Good Quotes

. Both quotes appeared in The Week on January 13, 2017: It's obvious that women are smarter than men. Think about it — diamonds are a girls best friend; man's best friend is a dog. . On a more serious note here is a very fine quote: If you want peace, don't talk to your friends. Talk to your enemie...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tweeting
Replies: 4
Views: 1940

Re: Tweeting

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Like the bird, our POTUS seems to tweet before he thinks. Not a good method for creating policy!
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Ken — January 28, 2017