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by Laurie Reinders
Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Spiders and/or Araneae
Replies: 8
Views: 2714

Spiders and/or Araneae

Norton-
Yes, spider came to be known as such because of their spinning. As for araneae or arachnea...it is derived from the Greek mythological figure Arachne. She was the goddess of weaving. You can read more on her and on spiders at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachne
Enjoy school!
by Laurie Reinders
Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: technology shorthand
Replies: 8
Views: 4434

technology shorthand

Thanks Norton...That's it!
by Laurie Reinders
Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Spiders and/or Araneae
Replies: 8
Views: 2714

Spiders and/or Araneae

Norton, I think from reading your question that you're wondering how the word spider came to existance since the greek word for spider is arachne (and arachne & spider sound nothing alike)...Yes? Well, first off there are a few languages with similar words for spin that begin with 'spi' (German, Dut...
by Laurie Reinders
Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: technology shorthand
Replies: 8
Views: 4434

technology shorthand

Shelley et. al. on the Chatspeak topic, thank you. I've seen this called something other than 'chatspeak' (never heard this one before or I'd have searched for it) but for the life of me can't remember the term. BTW-When I used the search funtion prior to posting this topic I looked up shorthand & t...
by Laurie Reinders
Mon Jan 30, 2006 6:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: technology shorthand
Replies: 8
Views: 4434

technology shorthand

Just an intersting tidbit to get your opinion on. Recently I've received more 'shorthand' in emails from friends and relatives and thought I'd share a site I found dedicated to translating regular words into modern (mainly used by pre-teens & teens but now some adults seem to be plunging into the mi...
by Laurie Reinders
Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: belly button
Replies: 9
Views: 4611

belly button

Maybe my little Henry will be an etymologist one day...or even a physicist like KG---Who knows?
by Laurie Reinders
Sun Jan 29, 2006 6:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pls send the meaning of word Tabiba, an Arabic word by origi
Replies: 3
Views: 3408

pls send the meaning of word Tabiba, an Arabic word by origi

Hello S. Zahedy! I received your email and I couldn't find any free on-line Arabic translators that would translate doctor or tabib/tabiba. However, after a little more digging I was able to find a book titled 'Mudhakkirat Tabiba' that has been translated into english as 'Memoirs of a Woman Doctor'....
by Laurie Reinders
Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: punch
Replies: 5
Views: 1609

punch

I don't think it's that new of an expression. It's a police/criminal expression for a type of hot-wiring.

Do we have any cops or criminals chatting that would like to familiarize us? Maybe there's a good site for cop terms?
by Laurie Reinders
Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blimey
Replies: 9
Views: 3193

blimey

Welcome Ned!

I'll get back to you on these after some perusing...
by Laurie Reinders
Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: belly button
Replies: 9
Views: 4611

belly button

Thank you Jane!

I'm working on a system of cards to teach my baby his body parts & the etymology of 'odd' words that have no Latin origin. I'll check around to see if it was Kipling (maybe this is the missing link I'm searching for).
by Laurie Reinders
Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: defugalty
Replies: 6
Views: 3368

defugalty

I always thought this was a made up word & never knew anyone else used it. Thanks for the info WoZ! I learned something new today :)
by Laurie Reinders
Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: daylight robbery
Replies: 3
Views: 2890

daylight robbery

I hate to be new and picky but...

Didn't you attack Bill for his postings that would be better placed in...oh say...Beyond Words?
by Laurie Reinders
Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spital
Replies: 5
Views: 1918

spital

Yes WoZ, but had he just looked it up in the boring old dictionary he'd not have any background info as to why this term came to be. After reading his intro you'd see he didn't know it was a Brit thing... BTW Bill: I think your posts are fun. I, too, am brand spankin' new here and since there appear...
by Laurie Reinders
Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pls send the meaning of word Tabiba, an Arabic word by origi
Replies: 3
Views: 3408

pls send the meaning of word Tabiba, an Arabic word by origi

I add that the term employed for women and men doctors with degrees from the College of Medicine is tabib (male)/ tabiba (female). Taken from an article on the web @ http://dizzy.library.arizona.edu/ej/jpe/volume_6/elguindivol6.htm I'd check for another resource to back this up, but this was all I ...
by Laurie Reinders
Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Ubiquity or not ubiquity?
Replies: 1
Views: 2232

Ubiquity or not ubiquity?

I LOVE this one! I'm going to pass it on to my priest if you don't mind (he likes to use these bits in his homilies when he can)...