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by daverba
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: residents of Wisconsin
Replies: 6
Views: 3223

residents of Wisconsin

In keeping with the fact that the Wisconsin alphabet has only 2 vowels (i and o) and 4 consonants (c, n, s and w), I think "Wisconsinois" (from the French, of course, and pronounced "weesconseenwaah") is more appropriate.
by daverba
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Newspaper Names
Replies: 59
Views: 27576

Newspaper Names

Boston has its "Boston Globe" (always reminded me of Superman's "Daily Planet") and "Boston Herald" and Hartford has its "Hartford Currant". And what's up with the "Sacramento Bee"? I suppose it gets around, right? Some unusual newspaper names include: The Big Pasture News - Grandfield, OK The Drumr...
by daverba
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: present tense or past tense??
Replies: 3
Views: 2697

present tense or past tense??

If it's what the person stud ied , then they major ed in it. Especially in this day and age, it does not automatically follow that someone remains in the profession for which they studied. I know someone with a marine biology degree who now works with software, a medical doctor who is now a minister...
by daverba
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Positional Pronouns
Replies: 15
Views: 5439

Positional Pronouns

"Not knowing one's right from one's left" sounds like positional pronouns to me, and Granny always said that her "uppers" weren't any good without her "lowers." In the Malone area of upstate New York, folks must go over a mountain when heading south. Thus, among themselves, they say that they go "up...
by daverba
Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: passed away
Replies: 116
Views: 21382

passed away

We also "execute" someone instead of "execute the death sentence on" someone.
by daverba
Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Humorous comparisons
Replies: 49
Views: 21315

Humorous comparisons

Quick, duck! Here's a re-think on the "useless as a two-story outhouse"
http://www.bcfarm.com/index.php?id=outhouse
by daverba
Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: jaguar
Replies: 82
Views: 14249

jaguar

I always figured the British "Jag-u-ar" to be their brand of democracy where every letter has an opportunity to be heard. The British can also stand around drinking clareT while admiring the Jag's chassiS. I assume its their post-1066 passive-aggressiveness: Okay, you French, we'll speak your langua...
by daverba
Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: idle beer-driven musings about draft/draught/pression/alla s
Replies: 8
Views: 2641

idle beer-driven musings about draft/draught/pression/alla s

The verb "set" is well-known for its plethora of definitions. My table dictionary has 26 major definitions for verb (transitive), 8 for verb intransitive, and 21 for verb combinations (set about, set aside, ... set up, ... set store by).
by daverba
Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: disgruntled / inept / disgusting / etc.
Replies: 58
Views: 16549

disgruntled and inept

A new soap opera next season - "The Feckless and the Reckless."
by daverba
Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Regime and ilk
Replies: 12
Views: 5334

Regime and ilk

Pejoration - The linguistic process of a word gradually becoming more negative in meaning or connotation over time. “silly” (originally meant “blessed”) < OE gesælig “blessed” “mean” (originally meant “common”) < OE gemæne “common” “fate” (originally meant “prophecy, prediction”) < L. fari “to spea...
by daverba
Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Veinites!
Replies: 16
Views: 11226

Veinites!

faineant: (adj) idle, lazy, ineffectual; (n) idler, sluggard faineant < Fr. fainéant < faire (to do) + néant (nothing) French adjective: fainéantes (lazy) French nouns: fainéant/fainéante (male/female) French verb: fainéanter (to laze about, to loiter) The French have a term "Roi fainéant," meaning ...
by daverba
Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: public convenience
Replies: 75
Views: 19673

public convenience

This line of inquiry has drifted into a how-to thread, so the P-mate should be mentioned as well ...
http://www.dontsquat.com/
by daverba
Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: immediate HELP needed on pronunciation of foreign name
Replies: 8
Views: 3324

immediate HELP needed on pronunciation of foreign name

A million thanks. I figured that an RP person would probably know more than us isolated Americans when it comes to foreign names. 3,000 miles of water on one side of us, and 6,000 miles on the other --- what's a person to do?
by daverba
Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 21117

person of Chinese descent

Youzah! I thought I knew more than average about the East, but a couple years ago, I was corrected about using the term "Oriental" when describing a person, which I tend to use if I don't know the person's nationality. I was told that "Asian" was the PC term and, for the life of me, I can't figure o...
by daverba
Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: public convenience
Replies: 75
Views: 19673

public convenience

A euphemism -- "the smallest room in the house"