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by longstockinggirl
Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hello fellow Epeolatrists! Help with WORDS ...
Replies: 14
Views: 9158

Re: Hello fellow Epeolatrists! Help with WORDS ...

Hi; I'm at work and I can't web link or get to nifty definitions & etymologies but I can attempt to explain basically what ekphrastic means: Ekphrasis is the visual/witten description/commentary of another art form/work of art. In your example, the poetess might utilise ekphrasitc poetry to describe...
by longstockinggirl
Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: when brand names become generic / genericised trademarks
Replies: 23
Views: 15847

Re: when brand names become generic / genericised trademarks

I believe "Chapstick" would fall into this category as well. Although it is still a popular brand of lip balm, it seems that all lip balm is now called 'chapstick', regardless of the maker or name of the product.
by longstockinggirl
Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Had him at hello
Replies: 16
Views: 4897

Re: Had him at hello

Hello...Steven and WoZ, Erik is right that "you had me at hello" is commonly understood by Americans, also that it is not in popular usage. It was made most famous in the movie Jerry Maguire . Also, American singers Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi both recorded songs of that name. (Perhaps different rend...
by longstockinggirl
Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Devil is in the details / The Devil is in the detail
Replies: 31
Views: 10586

Re: The Devil is in the details / The Devil is in the detail

Having just finished with a madcap, whirlwind legislative session, this particular phrase has been bandied about the capital quite a bit lately. Perhaps not in the Capitol, however, because the Legislators were all too aware where they put their devils. Perhaps I hear it more in political circles be...
by longstockinggirl
Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pinpoint
Replies: 2
Views: 1297

Re: Pinpoint

In your example, Steven, I agree with Edwin's commentary. However, since you titled this thread 'pinpoint', I would like to add that your usage of that word is correct, at least in American English. In fact, a friend said to me last night: I used my GPS and was able to pinpoint where the hiking trai...
by longstockinggirl
Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: name that snake
Replies: 21
Views: 26043

Re: name that snake

My friends and I agree - the list of names is just plain awful. I don't know if any of you follow the snake's twitter feed @bronxzooscobra, (for those who aren't registered users http://www.twitter.com/bronxzooscobra will allow you to read the tweets) but the ssssnake is hysssterically funny. She's ...
by longstockinggirl
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A Small Google Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 4434

Re: A Small Google Problem

http://www.slate.com/id/2289155/

This isn't quite on the original post (and not nearly as humorous) but the thread name aptly fit this article. Because several folks here have mentioned Google Books as well as copyright issues, I thought it was worth sharing.
by longstockinggirl
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Pardon?
Replies: 16
Views: 9416

Re: Pardon?

Hi Folks - It was a stupid school. They didn't have left-handed scissors either Shelley, I am also left-handed, and to this day, I cannot cut a straight line (wrapped packages from me always are interesting looking!). I never got the hang of using scissors with my right hand, and the scavenger hunt ...
by longstockinggirl
Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ideal boss
Replies: 3
Views: 2001

Re: Ideal boss

Because Steven is only referring to one boss, I would not use "their." However, I understand some people believe "him/her" is awkward. Here is my attempt: His ideal boss is a person who treats employees fairly, pays them timely, provides for growth and learning opportunities, and implements policies...
by longstockinggirl
Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?
Replies: 39
Views: 20999

Re: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?

I am "sorry" for the way Mr. Erik_Kowal was treated in this thread.

Perhaps it is better for a corporation to be "too sorry" and fix the problem than to put you on hold indefinitely and never correct your cause for concern. Or worse, dismiss you outright.
by longstockinggirl
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Huck and Tom Get Fig Leaves
Replies: 6
Views: 5089

Re: Huck and Tom Get Fig Leaves

Again, only an opinion, but I think that perhaps it should be criminal. The only reason things of this nature are changed is because people feel uncomfortable. Perhaps we (as an American culture) have forgotten that occasionally, being made uncomfortable is the point of a work of art/literature - an...
by longstockinggirl
Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Huck and Tom Get Fig Leaves
Replies: 6
Views: 5089

Re: Huck and Tom Get Fig Leaves

A thought piece from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/books/07huck.html?hpw

Only my opinion, I know, but Clemens was extremely careful with word choice, and it seems to me that he would consider this abhorrent.
by longstockinggirl
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: meat-and-three / meat-and-threes
Replies: 3
Views: 1925

Re: meat-and-three / meat-and-threes

Ken, I grew up in the (rural) American South; plus it's my lunch time and I'm hungry, so... :-) To add a little bit of colloquial knowledge to your research, I can add: *Usually the vegetables are cooked with meat products (in "traditional Southern style") *Often a "meat & three" restaurant is a loc...
by longstockinggirl
Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A Wright Problem
Replies: 22
Views: 7143

Re: A Wright Problem

Ah, Erik - since the person in our family named Wayne was of Scottish descent, your comments are where my Mother and I grew puzzled. However, Trolley, a smack on the head for not remembering wainwright - maybe that will jog the ol' brain cells.

Thanks very much.
by longstockinggirl
Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A Wright Problem
Replies: 22
Views: 7143

Re: A Wright Problem

Hi to all and Happy New Year. Thanks for the cornucopia of information I've learned! Could anyone tell me how/why the name "Wayne" means cartwright? My mother and I just discovered that over the holiday. I should admit that I've done little scholarly research and my etymology skills are sparse. We d...