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by chavagrace
Tue May 17, 2005 6:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Is dorknoid a real word?
Replies: 3
Views: 2801

Is dorknoid a real word?

One of my family members called her husband a dorknoid after he refused to stop for gas when the tank was below the empty sign. Is this really a word or did she make it up in frustration?
by chavagrace
Tue May 17, 2005 12:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bailiwick
Replies: 13
Views: 3843

bailiwick

What are U talking about?! I live in Maine and I've read an entire dictionary of Maine lingo and nobody calls a town "wick".
by chavagrace
Tue May 17, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cheeping vs chirping
Replies: 6
Views: 2786

cheeping vs chirping

Washingtonpost.com science section wrote of small birds in the nest "cheeping". I would have wrote "chirping". Looked up cheeping and was referred to "peeping" which sounds more familiar than cheeping. I am most interested in when to use cheeping vs chirping. I use either one and no one seems to mi...
by chavagrace
Mon May 16, 2005 11:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: toward/towards
Replies: 21
Views: 9771

toward/towards

Huh. I must be the odd one out, or Mainers just throw a bunch of stuff in. I'm from the US and everyone I know puts the 's' on backward, forward...
by chavagrace
Mon May 16, 2005 11:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sluggish
Replies: 5
Views: 2220

sluggish

My mom calls me sluggish in the morning when it takes me forever to get ready. Sluggish probably compares someone's speed to a slug.
by chavagrace
Mon May 16, 2005 11:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: outstanding
Replies: 10
Views: 3549

outstanding

It probable came from something "standing out".
by chavagrace
Mon May 16, 2005 11:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Heavens no vs Hell no
Replies: 7
Views: 4734

Heavens no vs Hell no

Kids like shocking their parents! Simple as that.
by chavagrace
Thu May 12, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: BOSS & BIGHEAD
Replies: 6
Views: 2674

BOSS & BIGHEAD

I'm from the u.s. and we use bighead to mean someone who is being stupid and thinks that they are "all that"
by chavagrace
Tue May 10, 2005 6:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fanny packs
Replies: 12
Views: 4137

fanny packs

[quote] Originally posted by Bobinwales As I have absolutely no idea what a fanny pack is, I take it that it is an American expression, and as such would probably refer to the rear view, as opposed to the British understanding of the word, which is used rarely in polite mixed company. As for the dif...