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by Garanhir
Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Why do we say mice but not hice, or houses but not mouses?
Replies: 14
Views: 6825

Re: Why do we say mice but not hice, or houses but not mouses?

Ah, indeed it was another cat - Tom, in fact, as in Tom and Jerry - I realised it the next day and felt suitably foolish. Perhaps though, both Tom and Sylvester took their grammar lessons from their mutual predecessor, Fritz, in which case their plural formations might be a little confused by a mixt...
by Garanhir
Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Why do we say mice but not hice, or houses but not mouses?
Replies: 14
Views: 6825

Re: Why do we say mice but not hice, or houses but not mouses?

Hello everyone, long time.

I think we should defer to the literary authority of Sylvester and Tweetie Pie in this vexatious matter, viz.
'I hate them meeces to pieces'.

there y'go
by Garanhir
Sat May 19, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Reaching
Replies: 2
Views: 1596

Re: Reaching

Hi Bob, 'Shall I reach that down for you?' sounds perfectly okay to me, and I think I've used it in circumstances similar to those you describe, both since living here in Wales and, I'm almost sure, while still in Dorset forty years ago. My wife, brought up in Berkshire, thinks it sounds odd and won...
by Garanhir
Sat May 19, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: could vs was able to
Replies: 3
Views: 1601

Re: could vs was able to

Hi dante, I agree with Bob about the 'I could have filed ...' in your second example; I also think most people would say 'in court' rather than 'at court'. 'At court' would be used to describe someone attending upon the Queen, i.e. the Royal Court rather than a court of law. And if you're aiming for...
by Garanhir
Mon May 07, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: You know what they mean, but . . .
Replies: 1
Views: 1316

You know what they mean, but . . .

From a red-top newspaper today: "Celebrating with a kiss, Chelsea star Frank Lampard rounded off a perfect day after winning the FA Cup by going out on the town with fiancee Christine Bleakley." And there was me thinking, all these years, that the FA Cup got won by a team of men winning a Cup Final ...
by Garanhir
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swear at
Replies: 6
Views: 2464

Re: Swear at

Hi Steven, Though the word seller seems to be used these days as a description of one who sells via the internet, I don't think it sounds natural in your market-place context. Merchant or vendor would be more likely, or even some specific name associated with his trade -- grocer, butcher, fruiterer,...
by Garanhir
Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hamster
Replies: 2
Views: 1997

Re: Hamster

Hi Stevenloan, There are quite a lot of these 'Son of a .... ' expressions , and while they may have had meaningful origins they are often now used simply as expletives without much, if any, meaning beyond the expression of annoyance, anger, self-ridicule, etc. There are two very old and very insult...
by Garanhir
Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scupper
Replies: 5
Views: 3567

Re: scupper

aaa <2004 “The bank's collapse threatened to scupper all of his pounds 180,000 life savings.”— The Birmingham Post (England), 14 January> That's a very strange formulation, especially coming from an English newspaper. That would almost always be written £180,000 or, when using the international cur...
by Garanhir
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Interesting Acronyms
Replies: 14
Views: 9512

Re: Interesting Acronyms

Sonar has made it into the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: certainly an acronym, whether or not interesting . . . The debate over whether capitalised similarly-constructed terms ('words?') such as ISA, which are pronounced as / as if they were words, is one I'm not sure has been resolved. I thin...
by Garanhir
Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gas at a peep
Replies: 8
Views: 5689

Re: gas at a peep

Not only have I never heard the expression before, but nor would I even have been able to take a guess at its meaning (as one often can, given a context), having never heard the word peep in this meaning either.
by Garanhir
Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Oh dear oh dear oh dear
Replies: 7
Views: 4628

Re: Oh dear oh dear oh dear

I hear they're making a film of Eddie Stobart's life story; I expect you've seen the trailers.

(With apologies to non-Brits)
by Garanhir
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: ..I know literally everything about them..
Replies: 8
Views: 5594

Re: ..I know literally everything about them..

I registered on a US-based social networking site recently. When I started to input my location, I was unable to alter the site's insistence that I lived in 'Wales, England'.

Grrrr.
by Garanhir
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Interesting Acronyms
Replies: 14
Views: 9512

Re: Interesting Acronyms

In my local Builders' Merchant (and I imagine in many others) it is possible to buy various items of hardware, designed for wrecking and demolishing, which go by the trade name Fubar . I hadn't realised that this was an acronym until put wise by a young acquaintance: the equipment is so called, very...
by Garanhir
Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: humour me
Replies: 15
Views: 4347

Re: humour me

I certainly agree with Erik that this was an unsuitable and poorly drafted exercise. As for the tip, I too assumed it to be tag, but I've never heard it called tig - I'd guess there are a lot of regional variations on the name of this ubiquitous game.
by Garanhir
Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: humour me
Replies: 15
Views: 4347

Re: humour me

Hi WoZ, I agree with dante that it sounds like a child's account, but I think you want us to punctuate the words you've offered rather than re-phrase, so I'll pitch in with: On Sunday I went to the park with my family. When we got there I played on the equipment with my brother. After, we played soc...