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by Daverbal
Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pronunciation of word "divers" in Early Modern English
Replies: 14
Views: 2151

Re: Pronunciation of word "divers" in Early Modern English

I can see extremes with prescritivism versus descriptivism . Could anyone really go back to original pronunciations? Could we really know about their pronunciation back then? And, at some time in history, several pronunciations existed. Could anyone really keep up with daily speech changes? I think ...
by Daverbal
Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pronunciation of word "divers" in Early Modern English
Replies: 14
Views: 2151

Re: Pronunciation of word "divers" in Early Modern English

Allen-uk , I'm just curious and don't plan on speaking EMEnglish. Just like I had asked here (I think) about why we anglicize place names ( Rome instead of Roma , Moscow instead of Moskva , etc) but not people's names ( Leonardo DiVinci , but not "Leonard" DiVinci , etc). Erik , thanks for two new ...
by Daverbal
Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pronunciation of word "divers" in Early Modern English
Replies: 14
Views: 2151

Pronunciation of word "divers" in Early Modern English

Here's a few examples from the King James Version of the Bible: Deuteronomy 22:9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds... Deuteronomy 22:11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together. 2 Samuel 13:18 And she had a garment of divers colours upon her... ...
by Daverbal
Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: "red line corrections" — what does it mean?
Replies: 4
Views: 2916

"red line corrections" — what does it mean?

Hello everyone, Daverbal here. Long time no see. Well, I want to apply for a job, and the job description refers to the employee needing to make "red line corrections" to documents. I've searched the Internet, but have not found anything substantial that helps me to talk confidently to the employer ...
by Daverbal
Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: brick and-mortar view
Replies: 15
Views: 2718

Re: brick and-mortar view

I found this in “ The American Heritage dictionary of idioms ” by Christine Ammer (1997) referencing the phrase more than a century before the advent of the Internet. bricks and mortar Basic and essential, as in Matthew Arnold’s essay (1865): “Margate, that bricks-and-mortar image of British Protest...
by Daverbal
Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:06 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: brick and-mortar view
Replies: 15
Views: 2718

Re: brick and-mortar view

The phrase confused me because of its reference to a book in a library. So I first thought that a "brick and mortar" view of a document was the actual document in contrast to its electronic form. Now, because of the two words "brick" and "mortar" used in the phrase (and also the word "view"), I wond...
by Daverbal
Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:53 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: playing mouse
Replies: 20
Views: 3311

Re: playing mouse

Someone misquoted me, and it cost me half a million dollars (£300,000).
by Daverbal
Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: subject inversion for the emphasis
Replies: 9
Views: 1471

Re: subject inversion for the emphasis

Let's simplify the sentence while keeping the parts in question. IMO, As written below, it seems to recognize some ability (let’s say John has paralyzed legs) but questions the degree of ability. The question is, how able is John to swim? As written below, it seems to recognize some ability (let’s s...
by Daverbal
Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: brick and-mortar view
Replies: 15
Views: 2718

Re: brick and-mortar view

So, I should suppose it doesn't have much of a history? Perhaps only used since the advent of the Internet to describe something in contrast to it?
by Daverbal
Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: playing mouse
Replies: 20
Views: 3311

Re: playing mouse

I agree with you Erik and, as for myself (as someone commented in another of my recent posts), I will try harder in WW to remember to reference my facts. I see two truisms at work: the sincerity, accuracy and necessity of attributing the proper quote to the proper person, and the tautology that an e...
by Daverbal
Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:04 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: brick and-mortar view
Replies: 15
Views: 2718

brick and-mortar view

A recent Ken Greenwald post (http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=22010&start=15) included the phrase "brick-and-mortar view". ... However, I was curious to see the context in which it appeared, so I checked the online catalog at my local library, they had it, and I went over and got...
by Daverbal
Fri Dec 25, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words spoken before eating
Replies: 13
Views: 2496

Re: Words spoken before eating

I have found that most people expect some signal from the host(ess) to begin the meal. In fact, many people in a restaurant will wait for others to receive their meals before beginning on their own. This is out of courtesy not to eat in front of others who cannot do the same, and because eating (whe...
by Daverbal
Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: TWO: Two One Zero
Replies: 6
Views: 2220

Re: TWO: Two One Zero

I doubt that the word “zero” (especially the idea of zero) existed in Proto-Germanic. I know two interesting number word derivations, eleven and twelve , and they involve Proto-Germanic. It seems that prehistoric Germanic people based their counting on base ten (probably because people have ten fing...
by Daverbal
Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: playing mouse
Replies: 20
Views: 3311

Re: playing mouse

So, Poe cried in laps and played house. Sounds like he had a mother fixation.
by Daverbal
Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The BBC's use of quotation marks
Replies: 27
Views: 13362

Re: The BBC's use of quotation marks

Everyone, thanks for your replies. I thought I was getting soggy in the brain.