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by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 11
Views: 4088

Re: tinfoil hat

Even cat lovers believe. A foil hat will save him AND his cat.

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by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Water
Replies: 5
Views: 1975

Re: Water

Steve this photo is part of my heritage. It is the Corryvreckan Whirlpool off the coast of Scotland. My favourite Single Malt Scotch, made by Ardbeg is named after it. That is important heritage. http://www.todayifoundout.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/whirlpool.jpg WoZ in Aus Having a wee dram
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bathroom device
Replies: 5
Views: 1830

Re: Bathroom device

Hi Steve. I see your thirst for English words has not died. I would add that squeegees come in a lot of sizes. Some are for personal use and then those for industrial use. Some have a brush attached so that you can clean the surface and then wipe off the water. A controversial use is people who acco...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Flash Language
Replies: 3
Views: 1570

Flash Language

Hi Wizards. Came across this slang dictionary about early convict slang in Aus. Thought it may prove to be amusing for some. A vocabulary of the flash language, published in 1819 contains a collection of words used here that were transported along with the convicts. Words like, lushy cove, mollisher...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sideboards
Replies: 5
Views: 2453

Re: Sideboards

An interesting Aussie turn of phrase. When I worked at the silos we had a mate affectionately known as Louse Ladders. This described his sideburns perfectly.

WoZ in Aus
Razor in hand
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Pluck
Replies: 9
Views: 2742

Re: Pluck

Bob it is difficult to research a small lake on the other side of the world. Although my wife did say we could do a trip to gain local knowledge. Here are some ideas you may wish to consider. From a blog. Pluck Lake : The map was so different that it was barely recognizable, but I did eventually man...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shine one's knuckles
Replies: 3
Views: 1386

Re: shine one's knuckles

Trolley there is the old gesture when one is confronted by knaves of a pugilistic character to close your striking fist and rub it in the palm of your other hand. This might be interpreted as the person "shining/polishing their knuckles".

WoZ in Aus
Taking off the gloves
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: epistemic closure
Replies: 6
Views: 1884

Re: epistemic closure

Trolley you were not far from the mark for I presumed that too. episiotomy (noun) a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to aid a difficult delivery and prevent rupture of tissues. Knowing this meaning I thought Ken was about to reveal a surgical side and sew it back tog...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: paraphernalia
Replies: 14
Views: 5635

Re: paraphernalia

Wizards might I, especially with permission from Bob, add my research into HIARETH . It has been suggested that the difference between the Welsh language and the English language boils down to the fact that Wales is a romantic land of bards, poets and seers, while English is spoken by accountants in...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 3777

Re: spoony

Helo Bob. Rydych yn wir Caru Margaret. I bought a Love Spoon for you know who when I was in Wales. Yes it was ready made but I chose THAT one from all the different ones available.
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Khaki/Kharki
Replies: 4
Views: 1624

Re: Khaki/Kharki

Any Aussie Digger will tell you his uniform, back in the day, was Car-Key.
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: The only challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 10351

Re: The only challenge

Yes they are the 8 that I mentioned in my post.
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sea change
Replies: 10
Views: 3244

Re: Sea change

Then there is the one a mate of mine has unfortunately undergone, the pee change. He has become incontinent and has to wear man nappies.

WoZ on a wee change (a wee dram that is)
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: The only challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 10351

Re: The only challenge

For me only can be inserted after every word, one at a time, and it still makes sense to create 8 new sentences. You mean how many can be inserted in just the one sentence?

Only WoZ
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Is the sky really blue? Some hunter-gatherers don’t describe colors the same way most people do
Replies: 3
Views: 1755

Re: Is the sky really blue? Some hunter-gatherers don’t describe colors the same way most people do

The psychology of colour is an extremely well researched and utilised area. Studies go back to the 1700s. Gender, age, culture all have an effect.

WoZ in a peach pink and purple pair of pantaloons