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by Meirav Micklem
Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: @
Replies: 36
Views: 10142

@

Shelley, sorry it's taken me so long to answer - didn't look for a couple of days and then the site went into hibernation. Anyway, if you still want to know how to get two elephants into a Mini (though I hope you haven't been losing sleep over it), the answer is quite simple: One in the front and on...
by Meirav Micklem
Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Rooster/quarter
Replies: 18
Views: 4884

Rooster/quarter

Do you know what the difference is between an elephant and a post box?
by Meirav Micklem
Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Hooked On Internet? Help Is Just A Click Away!
Replies: 10
Views: 3636

Hooked On Internet? Help Is Just A Click Away!

Erik, where is the help that you seemed to be promising in the title of your posting? You got my hopes up for a moment.
by Meirav Micklem
Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: @
Replies: 36
Views: 10142

@

How do you get two elephants into a Mini?
by Meirav Micklem
Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Gender: political correctness
Replies: 47
Views: 10882

Gender: political correctness

gdwdwrkr wrote: Are you holding that door for me because I'm a lady?
No, I'm holding the door for you because I'm a gentleman.
Priceless!
by Meirav Micklem
Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: @
Replies: 36
Views: 10142

@

That sure is one very small elephant!
by Meirav Micklem
Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: @
Replies: 36
Views: 10142

@

In Israel we call it a strudel, or sometimes a snail. I do like Jane's "cabbage" though - let's see if we can get it to catch on.
by Meirav Micklem
Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Euphemistic requests
Replies: 26
Views: 7652

Euphemistic requests

Oh, wish I'd known about this character back then!
by Meirav Micklem
Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Euphemistic requests
Replies: 26
Views: 7652

Euphemistic requests

The butter reference reminded me of a visit to a friend who, sitting next to me on the sofa, said, 'Do you want a drink?' When I naively replied in the affirmative, she said, 'Great, get me one too.' As for "would you like to" - when I was new in England I got a job as a typist and when one of the p...
by Meirav Micklem
Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: turnover vs revenue
Replies: 12
Views: 4771

turnover vs revenue

P.S. Penguin Dictionary of Economics (1998) defines turnover as "total sales receipts" or "total sales revenue" of a business. So it seems to me that revenue and turnover are not necessarily identical, in that a business can have revenue that is not from sales (e.g. bank interest).
by Meirav Micklem
Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: turnover vs revenue
Replies: 12
Views: 4771

turnover vs revenue

Sorry Quoc, my earlier posting was simply based on looking up the words in a dictionary, and my understanding was that these words are indeed interchangeable in that particular sense. But having read Tony and Harry's postings I am now not so sure I understand what these terms mean. Maybe someone els...
by Meirav Micklem
Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "Thoughts and prayers are with --- "
Replies: 30
Views: 6937

"Thoughts and prayers are with --- "

Oh yes, have heard that one and I think it's great. Thanks for the reminder. I think I still sometimes make that mistake - oh look at her, she's so strong and with-it and I'm so feeble. When actually she just looks strong and with-it, and probably I do too! (at least some of the time)
by Meirav Micklem
Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: turnover vs revenue
Replies: 12
Views: 4771

turnover vs revenue

Quoc, turnover and revenue are both terms which can be used to describe the gross income of a business, i.e. how much money the business receives.

(But be careful with usage, as revenue is also used in other contexts, e.g. what the government takes as tax.)
by Meirav Micklem
Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: quiet as a churchmouse
Replies: 5
Views: 7005

quiet as a churchmouse

Yes, I think this is a mix-up between two phrases: quiet as a mouse; poor as a churchmouse.

But in my experience mice are quite squeaky actually.
by Meirav Micklem
Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "Thoughts and prayers are with --- "
Replies: 30
Views: 6937

"Thoughts and prayers are with --- "

Oh, absolutely!
One of my favourite books is Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them (by John Ortberg).
Normal? Who's normal? Ever met a normal person? I haven't.