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by Shelley
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 16
Views: 1015

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

Oooh, pretty! :wink:
by Shelley
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this kind of truck?
Replies: 15
Views: 5075

Re: What do you call this kind of truck?

One of the best songs ever written -- Cement Mixer, Put-Ti Put-Ti.
Enjoy, my friends!
by Shelley
Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Welsh secret
Replies: 8
Views: 7511

Re: Welsh secret

Wizard of Oz wrote: .. Stella says that it has to do with the alignment of the welsh jaw ..
. . . you mean, their rare bite? (Buh dum bah!)
by Shelley
Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: The only challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 4503

Re: The only challenge

Only, is there only one answer to only this challenge only?
by Shelley
Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby carrier?
Replies: 6
Views: 4063

Re: A baby carrier?

I would like to see a scholarly study contrasting the psycho-social development of people who, as babies, were carried in these things turned either inward, facing their "grown-up", or outward, facing the oncoming world. Outward-facing always looks a little strange to me, like the baby is a hood orn...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A mannequin?
Replies: 5
Views: 2773

Re: A mannequin?

A less cumbersome (and more P.C. -- hi, WoZ! I'm baaack!) version is "dressmaker's form ". I was on a tour of the costume shop at Stratford, Ontario, Canada a couple of years ago, and they called the dressmaker's form a "Jenny". Don't remember the name for the male version: maybe Gerald. Probably no...
by Shelley
Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: More ballistics
Replies: 12
Views: 6254

Re: More ballistics

My father has the initial J. in front of his first name. It doesn't stand for anything. Just the letter J. His mother thought it added a distinguished note . . .
by Shelley
Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hold the Line
Replies: 54
Views: 16487

Re: Hold the Line

Thanks for providing that link, Phil. It is so painstaking and detailed -- I admire the dedication of the author/scholar/obsessive scribbler. The section you mention, on pages 13 and 14, seems to me to support the notion that Lines of Communication are any system of roads, connecting paths, "turnpik...
by Shelley
Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hold the Line
Replies: 54
Views: 16487

Re: Hold the Line

Bobinwales wrote:Of course, we may delay the answer to keep you with us.
Fair enough, Bob! Thanks for getting back to me.
by Shelley
Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Richard III
Replies: 3
Views: 3413

Re: Richard III

Outright prolonged snort, Bob.
by Shelley
Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: cakewalk
Replies: 26
Views: 17359

Re: cakewalk

Frosting . . . with lots of curling embellishments on it. (Ok, it's a reach.)
by Shelley
Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Heads up
Replies: 8
Views: 4812

Re: Heads up

Stagehands shout "HEADS!" when someone drops a hammer (or anything) from the catwalk (a grid way up high in the "fly space" above the stage). They also shout it when a piece of scenery starts to teeter, or if anything dangerous happens -- especially from above. "HEADS!" means immediately cover your ...
by Shelley
Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hold the Line
Replies: 54
Views: 16487

Re: Hold the Line

Howdy, folks. I've dredged up this ponderous discussion because my son is writing a paper on, among other things, the origin and history of hackney-coach regulations in 17th- and 18th-century London. The topic came to him as a result of a NY Times article on The Knowledge (exam) for London taxicab o...
by Shelley
Mon May 12, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Firm
Replies: 4
Views: 2484

Re: Firm

Those who end up hanging from a gibbet have "bought the farm" (a American idiom for dying, like "kicked the bucket"). After zmjezhd's contribution, this is the only connection I can make . . . No, that's wrong. Death and taxes, which cannot be avoided, are fixed payments (firmae). Therefore, the jun...
by Shelley
Sun May 11, 2014 5:05 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Holmes and Watson on the trail
Replies: 2
Views: 1508

Re: Holmes and Watson on the trail

Hah! Good one -- I didn't see it coming at all!