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by Ed Prue
Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ghost in the machine
Replies: 21
Views: 12151

ghost in the machine

waffle sums it up perfectly. every path i`ve tried ends up in handwaving. i prefer facts to semaphore! something that I had accepted as a fact because it was from someone normally authoritative, has turned out to be vapour with nothing firm to support it but also nothing to definitely blow it away. ...
by Ed Prue
Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Don't come the old ... soldier ... etc
Replies: 11
Views: 8502

Don't come the old ... soldier ... etc

related?: does anyone know the origins of london east end "can i come on the `earole/ on your `earole for a fiver/tenner... " meaning borrowing money? I grew up with this and didnt think about it. I was on holiday with some american friends in las vegas and got short of cash and the free beers rever...
by Ed Prue
Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Titles and office
Replies: 8
Views: 2667

Titles and office

mr Blair, the prime minister misses out the implied "current occupier of the post of"
whereas president bush sounds more like "private jones" a conscript with limited power :-) IMHO
by Ed Prue
Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: public convenience
Replies: 75
Views: 22404

public convenience

from the north of england: thunderbox cludgey wazzer/wazzerie (from the verb wazz: to urinate) from newcastle: X-oil (where oil means hole and x is anglo saxon eg crap-oil fill the rest in from the usual suspects:-) from liverpool: jigger this strictly means an alleyway, but when dark and after pub ...
by Ed Prue
Fri Mar 24, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Word Origins and Meanings - on the BBC
Replies: 9
Views: 5264

Word Origins and Meanings - on the BBC

Hi I saw some of the programmes and "the full monty" wasn`t correct as i was told: the term comes from early 1920`s for a suit, coat and hat that made you look like a US gangster. Just like the hollywood films. My grandmother was living in Canning Town at the time, just married. Montague Burton may ...
by Ed Prue
Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ghost in the machine
Replies: 21
Views: 12151

ghost in the machine

this just in: insomnia bit and I tried to work the search engines and one sidewater washed up Das geiste in der machine ( or was it das machinen?) but no attribution. I`ve chased geiste through my references and on line and in modern usage it translates as ghost but it actually meant spirit in all s...
by Ed Prue
Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ghost in the machine
Replies: 21
Views: 12151

ghost in the machine

yes i know its a bit trite, thats why i said where it came from, I am pretty sure that it actually dates as mind in body in a philosophical/psychiatric context from late 19th century and the chap who first used it was german or danish, my OED doesn`t have a date, and I am relying on a memory of a 14...
by Ed Prue
Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: a misunderstanding at golf
Replies: 0
Views: 1957

a misunderstanding at golf

Two old friends are playing golf, one hits an almighty slice on tee off and the ball goes sailing into a meadow full of cows. His friend makes his way up the course,finishes the hole and waits... After a while he walks back down and sees "beware of the bull" on the gate to the meadow, his friend is ...
by Ed Prue
Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ghost in the machine
Replies: 21
Views: 12151

ghost in the machine

You caught my eye, I am going to risk getting shot down in flames because this is a memory of an english lesson too many years ago, talkng about ancient greece and the tragedies and comedies. Many of them had a stylised plot device where a narrator who was usually one of the gods or an agent of them...