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by Alton
Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: diva
Replies: 3
Views: 2018

diva

Big scandal,
I imagine that the word Diva has the same root as our word "divine'.
by Alton
Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wetness
Replies: 10
Views: 3895

wetness

Russ,
Thank you for the info as to the correct time here. From now on EDT it is! I hope it will put your mind at ease when I tell you that I'm at least as confused if not more so than you when it comes to time and zones. However I do know where I am................
I think.
by Alton
Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wetness
Replies: 10
Views: 3895

wetness

Ken Greenwald,
A second question and non sequiter to the previous would you explain to me the numbers that appear on top of each post
my last entry was labelled, 21,7,41 how does this relate to central time of what was then 4:07 p,m,?
by Alton
Thu Jul 14, 2005 8:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wetness
Replies: 10
Views: 3895

wetness

What is the origin of "wet behind the ears" as a description of a naive person.
Also where does "all wet" come from as a description of a person who's opinions (or opinion) are/is, all wrong or are my definitions correct.
by Alton
Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: see you
Replies: 18
Views: 7696

see you

Dear Pingpong,
As bothersome as may it to hear this said "see you next week" and I do sympathise, take pity on us poor North Americans many of whom, myself included can barely conceal our chagrin when a store clerk says to us "have a nice day".
by Alton
Sun Jul 10, 2005 4:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: word that has changed its meaning in the last ten years.
Replies: 30
Views: 12265

word that has changed its meaning in the last ten years.

Ken, I always took the phrase "bad hair day" to be one that indicated a person who was without reason to complain and could only find a trivial thing to whine about. Also, I assume that the term "grond Zero" refers to the spot at which a missle is aimed or finds it's markIf this is the meaning then ...
by Alton
Sat Jul 09, 2005 8:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 12974

Mother of All Etymologies

Phil,
My sincere apologies on rereading the text I realize my error.
by Alton
Sat Jul 09, 2005 1:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 12974

Mother of All Etymologies

Gentlemen, While your correspondence on language has been very interesting, the personal thrust and parry is much less so. I was recently accused of "nitpicking", as I pursued a question which others found boring, the reason being that they seemed unable to respond satisfactorily, that is, perhaps t...
by Alton
Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 11230

Choice or choices

It doesn't.
Sorry for the bother.
Alton
by Alton
Fri Jul 08, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 11230

Choice or choices

Phil, I have wondered about this before and am glad you brought up the question of usage of a new "slang" until it becomes standard.Clearly you are right about this in your previous statement but how are we to know when said expression crosses the line of acceptability. Conversley does a word, havin...
by Alton
Fri Jul 08, 2005 6:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 11230

Choice or choices

Both Ken and Phil pointed out that"choice" is not a verb but a noun, my mistake. But isn't it used here as part of a verb phrase "Allan has a choice". If this is the case doesn't my point remain that one word is being used to describe both and therefore they are being confused as the same. Alton
by Alton
Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 11230

Choice or choices

Allan had to make a "choice". In this case choice is used as a verb. Each of the objects was one potential "choice". In this case it is used as a noun. It is easy to confuse the two but we are refering to an action and seperately some objects these are not oppisite ends of the same thing. It would b...
by Alton
Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tasking engine
Replies: 12
Views: 2924

tasking engine

Ouch !
Alton
by Alton
Thu Jul 07, 2005 11:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ... vira ...viri ... viruses ??
Replies: 29
Views: 10288

... vira ...viri ... viruses ??

Russ,
Thank You,I make no pretentions to being a latin scholar.

Alton
by Alton
Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 11230

Choice or choices

It seems to me that you have missed somthing Ken. Allan was asked to exercise his mind to make one choice, to choose one of skim milk or full cream and this would have remained the case had the shopkeeper offered even more variety, i.e. buttermilk, chocolate milk and clotted cream. But taken from th...