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by p. g. cox
Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Dying words
Replies: 4
Views: 3707

Re: Dying words

Bob, you beat me to the punch on that one (we get up 8 hours after you). I had just read the article on the BBC web site and was about to respond when I saw your post. They must have edited it in the meantime as in my version he is referred to as an evolutionary biologist. Anyway, the first 'Chinese...
by p. g. cox
Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:42 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Oprah Winfrey
Replies: 3
Views: 3080

Re: Oprah Winfrey

But as the lady said, "When I'm bad I'm very good."
by p. g. cox
Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Oprah Winfrey
Replies: 3
Views: 3080

Oprah Winfrey

It seems that the talk show host Oprah Winfrey has made arrangements, that after her death she will be enshrined in a mausoleum on the grounds of Graceland. To direct the adoring masses, at the entrance there will be a sign saying 'This way to the fan tomb of the Oprah'
by p. g. cox
Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sausage
Replies: 8
Views: 3975

Re: Sausage

And all this time I thought they were Bangers.
In the US, black pudding is called blood sausage-luverly grub. Never seen the white kind. Pray tell, of what is it composed?
by p. g. cox
Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Apostrophe catastrophe
Replies: 15
Views: 4478

Re: Apostrophe catastrophe

So Erik, what happens if you already have a Gardener's way and a Gardeners Way? would not that necessitate a change in pronounciation? For example, in London there is a King's Cross Station which is also spelled without the apostrophe in some signage and timetables. Until it was pointed out to me I ...
by p. g. cox
Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Apostrophe catastrophe
Replies: 15
Views: 4478

Re: Apostrophe catastrophe

I have a suggestion that might satisfy both camps and also eliminate any confusion. Why not just drop the 's' altogether. Saint Paul Square, Acock Green, King Road etc. That would make the councillors of Birmingham happy and remove the confusion of the people. Although I am still wondering why the u...
by p. g. cox
Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Apostrophe catastrophe
Replies: 15
Views: 4478

Apostrophe catastrophe

I picked up this item in my local paper and wondered what was really going on. Is it a symptom of poor education, bureaucratic meddling or just plain laziness?
http://tinyurl.com/aqq67p
by p. g. cox
Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Funny Place Names
Replies: 26
Views: 13089

Re: Funny Place Names

There is a place in Alberta, Canada called 'Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.'
Explanation follows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head-Smash ... ffalo_Jump
by p. g. cox
Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: marmelise
Replies: 9
Views: 3828

Re: marmelise

I note that Ken spells the word with a Z not an S.
by p. g. cox
Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: another kick at the can / another kick at the cat
Replies: 7
Views: 10735

Re: another kick at the can / another kick at the cat

Shelley, We always kicked the dog and blamed it when we dropped a floating air biscuit.
by p. g. cox
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the penny dropped
Replies: 5
Views: 5450

Re: the penny dropped

To finally see the light, so to speak, or to be slow on the uptake is to hear the penny drop. . This is an expression that comes from my childhood way way back in pre-decimalisation times when a penny was 1/240th. of a Pound. Ken and others have researched it thoroughly but missed the latest example...
by p. g. cox
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Dubai
Replies: 3
Views: 2623

Re: Dubai

That clink you heard, followed by a groan, was the penny finally dropping.
by p. g. cox
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:48 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Church bulletins
Replies: 2
Views: 2258

Re: Church bulletins

Great stuff Erik,
Those reminded me of one bulletin that we saw while traveling through Alabama.
'A talk will be given on ensuring your path to Heaven. Tickets $5 per person'.
by p. g. cox
Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:47 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Reading the OED
Replies: 6
Views: 7284

Re: Reading the OED

Just got the book WoZ, and am wading happily through it. I am wondering if he will refer to the surgeon of Crowthorne.
As an aside, I was looking at the caretaker job for Hamilton Island but the web site had overloaded and crashed. At $A150,000 it sounds too good to be true but apparently isn't.
by p. g. cox
Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:32 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "busing" tables
Replies: 17
Views: 13933

Re: "busing" tables

Hardly subtle Harry, my head still hertz from your comment on buss bars.