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by Yorkie57
Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 12272

Choice or choices

I just linked to the Compact Oxford English Dictionary which gives one meaning of choice as "a range from which to choose". It does not describe each object as a choice but the range of objects which, I feel, backs up my original argument. Ken - Thousands of appearances in the New York Times and Tim...
by Yorkie57
Wed Jul 06, 2005 9:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 12272

Choice or choices

Buying a carton of milk in a small shop yesterday I was told I had two choices, full fat or skim. As I was only buying one carton I see this as one choice of two things, not two choices. Two choices surely implies I get to choose twice ? I am convinced I am right, but hopelessly outnumbered by workm...
by Yorkie57
Wed Jul 06, 2005 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: synesis revisited
Replies: 25
Views: 8849

synesis revisited

A quick poll around my co-workers and my wife revealed it does not come naturally to most, although it happens frequently, even on TV news.
by Yorkie57
Wed Jun 29, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: seamless access environment
Replies: 5
Views: 2394

seamless access environment

Seamless suggests this has something to do with ladies nylon stockings.
Oops, sorry, wrong forum !!
by Yorkie57
Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Would have v Had
Replies: 3
Views: 3325

Would have v Had

Watching an Americam movie last night and one character said "if you would have been there you would have seen it yourself"

A British English speaker would have said "if you had been there you would have seen it yourself"

Is one correct and one not correct or are they both correct ?
by Yorkie57
Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'Tang' as the name for a building?
Replies: 5
Views: 3762

'Tang' as the name for a building?

Shirley
In New Zealand, a Tangi is a Maori funeral practice.
by Yorkie57
Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: welsh/welch on a bet
Replies: 11
Views: 14624

welsh/welch on a bet

More commonly perhaps, but incorrectly, spelt "rarebit"
by Yorkie57
Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'In back of' vs.' behind'
Replies: 13
Views: 8188

'In back of' vs.' behind'

Kagriffy

I hope you and your friend use "hands free" cell phone kits whilst driving.
by Yorkie57
Tue May 31, 2005 1:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skinny (as in 'the skinny')
Replies: 12
Views: 20966

skinny (as in 'the skinny')

I also remember, going back about the same amount of years, that, in Yorkshire, skinny could also mean frugal or tight fisted.
"Don't be skinny Mam, put some more gravy on my meat"
by Yorkie57
Mon May 23, 2005 11:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: proof
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

proof

Thanks Ken. I had heard that gunpowder was involved but put it down to being an "urban myth".
by Yorkie57
Mon May 23, 2005 9:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spring tide
Replies: 4
Views: 2529

spring tide

I know this has nothing to do with the time of year and believe the word spring may come from old English, Springen. Is this true ? If so, what does Springen mean ?
by Yorkie57
Mon May 23, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: proof
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

proof

Does anyone know the origin of the word proof as applied to the strength of alcohol ?
by Yorkie57
Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:04 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: calendar
Replies: 3
Views: 2549

calendar

Ken, Thanks for the extra "tidbits".

Shouldn't the word be "titbits" as in morsels of food put out for wild birds, mostly varieties of tits ?

Yorkie
by Yorkie57
Mon Apr 11, 2005 2:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "in the mayor's office"
Replies: 1
Views: 1638

"in the mayor's office"

I beleive the term refers to having the golf ball on the green rather than just in a good fairway position. I suppose this means the player has progressed as far as getting into the office. I have no idea where the Mayor comes into it.

Yorkie