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by jeffreys
Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: AND or OR: Boolean logic?
Replies: 10
Views: 3486

AND or OR: Boolean logic?

Without explaining here at length the statutory text that generated an enormous argument recently on the UK site Landlordzone (see http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=9807 if you're interested), who else has heard of the Boolean method of deciding when "and" means "or"? The argumen...
by jeffreys
Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
Replies: 29
Views: 5783

Re: SCOUTING FOR GIRLS

gdwdwrkr wrote:NO! Have as many as possible! There are other houses.
"In my father's house there are many rooms"?
by jeffreys
Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
Replies: 29
Views: 5783

SCOUTING FOR GIRLS

That's a (relatively) new pop group's name. Quite fun, linguistically, as it converts a play on Baden-Powell's book title ("Scouting for Boys") with a glide from noun/gerund to participle with double entendre. Their current UK single is also a bonus for linguists. Rather than "Elvis ain't dead", as ...
by jeffreys
Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Heavy snowfall
Replies: 13
Views: 4561

Re: Heavy snowfall

gdwdwrkr wrote:Typically? On the level?
How does an avalanche happen on the level anyway? Does it not have to fall from up there to down here?
by jeffreys
Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: He may have been waiting
Replies: 11
Views: 4079

Re: He may have been waiting

MAY and MIGHT do not mean the same.
John may have killed someone last week = perhaps he did, perhaps he didn't. We don't know.
John might have killed someone last week = he could easily have done but for some reason he didn't.
by jeffreys
Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Questions about words related to religions "dietary laws".
Replies: 13
Views: 4511

Questions about words related to religions "dietary laws".

gdwdwrkr wrote: Do Israelis use "impure" in reference to anything? I mean, no one walks the streets shouting "unclean" anymore do they? Where is the line drawn? Of course, I guess it is sect-related.
Are you a sects-maniac, then?
by jeffreys
Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: International Conventions and Standards
Replies: 14
Views: 4277

International Conventions and Standards

Fear not, unless it's punnishment you dread. My fear was the one might understand "drove your spikes and nails home" as meaning that, maybe your spikes and nails had been caught driving under the influence, or something, and having lost their licenses, needed a ride home. Their drinks might have be...
by jeffreys
Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The words in arabic means.....
Replies: 6
Views: 3133

The words in arabic means.....

Wizard of Oz wrote: .. claudia I think I love you .. and I always thought that Texans wrote with a drawl ..

WoZ
Tell us more about this girl Grace.
by jeffreys
Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: voice the verb
Replies: 23
Views: 4856

voice the verb

I knew the woman who did the hand-overs for KRAFT commercials in the 60s. I see Keiffer Sutherland voiced Samson in "The Wild", an animalated flick written by geniusses, and I think, "How many millions of dollars was he paid for that when some schmuck could of done it for basically free?" 1. [Writt...
by jeffreys
Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: assasinate / assassinate (Forum ed.)
Replies: 8
Views: 2431

assasinate / assassinate (Forum ed.)

Mmm, but assassination is also not such a friendly act either. Really, linguistics are here contorted for political reasons. For example, so-called freedom fighters do not admit to murder. They merely 'claim responsibility'. Surely the person who kills is a murderer; his (it's rarely 'her') group of...
by jeffreys
Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: inch and foot
Replies: 5
Views: 2116

inch and foot

dalehileman wrote: Don't know about inch but have heard that foot was the length of some king's extremity. Otherwise,

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I hope that the extremity was only pedal in nature- or else someone's been favoured with an overly generous endowment, regal or otherwise.
by jeffreys
Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Doctor joke
Replies: 2
Views: 2714

Doctor joke

That's like:
Q: How do you tell the sex of a chromosome?
A: Take down its jeans.
by jeffreys
Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How does a Welshman make a fresh start?
Replies: 10
Views: 3699

How does a Welshman make a fresh start?

No more sheepish jokes. Look what happened to Anne Robinson.
by jeffreys
Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Break or Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 2607

Break or Holiday

"Holiday" is cognate with "holy day", of course.
I prefer "leave", so as to make clear that- for most of us- annual leave is a period when one leaves work behind and out of one's concern (and/or leaves home to reside elsewhere albeit temporarily).
by jeffreys
Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: BC, AD and PC
Replies: 42
Views: 9365

BC, AD and PC

Erik, will you please direct me to the wording in the constitution which leads you to write "the US Constitution explicitly avoids promoting an established religion -- in other words, it mandates the separation of church and state." My gut reaction is that you are incorrect. I tend to doubt my gut ...