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by MamaPapa
Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: All the Teachers' pet
Replies: 4
Views: 1831

Re: All the Teachers' pet

I agree "teacher's pet" is mostly derisive. However, I can offer living-proof that "lots of scholarships" is a definite possibility. Some 25 years ago...I was the recipient of numerous scholarships. As I attended public high school (free), all of these were for college. Most were received in my last...
by MamaPapa
Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: First time I am participating in such
Replies: 5
Views: 2815

Re: First time I am participating in such

If the emphasis is on myself, sentence 1 would be preferable (stressing the "I"). Actually, sentence 1 works better for me in many circumstances. For instance, if my husband and I are invited to monthly golf outings and he regularly attends, I don't, but decide to attend today---then I would say, "T...
by MamaPapa
Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: written entirely words one syllable
Replies: 9
Views: 3794

Re: written entirely words one syllable

I commend your efforts, Dale. I occasionally pick up the GBOWR and believe accomplishments such as yours would be very interesting to read about. I also like your "marbles" analogy and have often thought "what a waste of time" on some of the more obscure records. Case in point, the current record f...
by MamaPapa
Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Politics: Is or Are ?
Replies: 20
Views: 8423

Politics: Is or Are ?

John worked for a bank where office politics were nearly unbearable.
He switched to a different department where office politics were nearly nonexistent.
Politics were very different between departments, huh?
by MamaPapa
Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Effect of one's name
Replies: 7
Views: 3549

Effect of one's name

Mama, Since you specified "back in the day" on two of those, I must assume you prefer the way Reagan (who died in 2004) looks in 2008. I agree that you're very different from media norm. :-) circa 1982 (the picture from the 39-cents postage stamp I keep framed in my office) Even more handsome in th...
by MamaPapa
Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Edwardian, Victorian era...
Replies: 13
Views: 3462

Edwardian, Victorian era...

Ken applies Herculean effort.
by MamaPapa
Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Effect of one's name
Replies: 7
Views: 3549

Effect of one's name

While I have become well-acquainted with Laverne's astuteness throughout other topics in this forum, I must humbly disagree. Beauty is, after all, in the eye of the beholder. Of the 10 named men above, I would order them in regards to handsomeness as follows: 1. Reagan 2. Edwards 3. Romney 4. Obama ...
by MamaPapa
Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Edwardian, Victorian era...
Replies: 13
Views: 3462

Edwardian, Victorian era...

I found the following on the Entymology website: Georgian (1855) in reference to the reigns of the first four king Georges (1714-1830). 1839, "belonging to or typical of the reign of Queen Victoria of Great Britain" (1837-1901). Edwardian is attested from 1861 in ref. to the medieval Eng. kings of ...
by MamaPapa
Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Effect of one's name
Replies: 7
Views: 3549

Effect of one's name

Hogwash! "...slight though unbiased political implication.."?? You're kidding, right? This is solely political, but then, I'm not admin ;-) The funtrivia website IS a lot of fun and the effect of names is well-documented in psychology---but your posting deals mainly with other, much more subjective ...
by MamaPapa
Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Conversational Noises
Replies: 20
Views: 10202

Conversational Noises

I would describe such a word used this way as an "onomatopoetic interjection" --- a word formed in imitation of a natural sound and interjected in a phrase or sentence. I think the key here is "word". Where the speaker vocalizes an emotional interjection that really does imitate a natural sound....l...
by MamaPapa
Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:33 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: favourite bumper stickers
Replies: 49
Views: 9470

favourite bumper stickers

Here are a few good ones--all from the same vehicle :-) Vote Democrat - It's easier than working! I never thought I'd miss Nixon Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition Your stupid! Just say "NO" to negativity Money is the root of all evil * For more information send $10 to me and not sure...
by MamaPapa
Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 21629

person of Chinese descent

In today's headlines: Gazans - Inhabitants of the Gaza Strip and more pc than "Israelis" or "Palestinians" (sounds better than "Strippers", too).
by MamaPapa
Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: passed away
Replies: 116
Views: 21730

passed away

I was brought back to the original discussion in this thread by a radio discussion today in which one's departure from this earth was described as:

"succumbed to Homesickness"
"gone to his Father's"
and my favorite, "her Faith became Sight"
by MamaPapa
Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Quotations and punctuation - a question for right-ponders pl
Replies: 14
Views: 3432

Quotations and punctuation - a question for right-ponders pl

If I may speak from this side of the water, now, Meirav, you've stirred me on "Biblical". Am I the only one to think it should be "Bible"? I mean, I do think that there is such a thing as a "Biblical quotation", Such as in Genesis 3:3, where Eve says to the serpent, "but God did say, 'You must not ...
by MamaPapa
Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Will this be too much for Quoc?
Replies: 16
Views: 5571

Will this be too much for Quoc?

21) We pronounce it thru around here, whether it's preposition, adverb, or adjective.