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by Tex
Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origin of battery juice?
Replies: 10
Views: 6776

Re: Origin of battery juice?

touche, Trolley!

but, focus, people, focus - what's the origin of the usage vis a vis batteries!?!??
by Tex
Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origin of battery juice?
Replies: 10
Views: 6776

Re: Origin of battery juice?

Erik -

Agree absolutely on the meaning...I was looking for insight into the origin of this usage. I'm thinking it probably comes from the military? sounds like something from WWII, but this is sheer speculation on my part....

Best,
Tex
by Tex
Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origin of battery juice?
Replies: 10
Views: 6776

Origin of battery juice?

Hi All - I did the requisite search on here and don't see a prior question/answer on this item (to my surprise). What's the origin of the phrase "battery juice" or the use of juice to describe the amount of power a battery has (or lacks)? (as in, "I need some battery juice" or "my battery is out of ...
by Tex
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pure D
Replies: 4
Views: 14646

pure D

Ken - Thanks so much for your response. I should have known it was another Southern saying - and several of your usage refs were from Texas. :) I've never seen it spelled out PureDee or used in conjunction with Old or T. Can't even make an educated guess about what Old's got to do with it? So, here'...
by Tex
Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pure D
Replies: 4
Views: 14646

pure D

Hi all - long time since I've had one I couldn't find the asnwer to myself. Any enlightenment you can offer on the origin of the phrase Pure D to mean something that's 100% what it's supposed to be (as in authentic and pure without dilution)? When I googled this phrase, someone has a song called "Pu...
by Tex
Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: chop chop
Replies: 1
Views: 1589

chop chop

Ok, have done the requisite searches and come up empty handed so far. Someone please tell me the origin of the phrase, "chop chop" (as in, do it fast!). I somehow think it has some connection to Chinese?

Muchas gracias, as always.
by Tex
Fri Sep 23, 2005 7:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grudgingly vs. Begrudgingly
Replies: 8
Views: 27780

Grudgingly vs. Begrudgingly

Thanks all for your thoughts and info, as always. My only further comment, which I give rather, uh, begrudgingly, is just that - I think I've more often heard begrudingly used as the adverbial form. (Perhaps an American thang.) You can all infer for yourselves whether I am implying reluctantly or di...
by Tex
Tue Sep 06, 2005 3:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grudgingly vs. Begrudgingly
Replies: 8
Views: 27780

Grudgingly vs. Begrudgingly

Asking for the collective wordwizard wisdom on the difference between these two words, which seem to me from dictionary definitions I consulted to have quite similar meanings. Does anyone know a particular context where one word is more appropriate or preferred over the other? The only difference I ...
by Tex
Wed Aug 24, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: puny
Replies: 11
Views: 7155

puny

Ken, I've never asked a question to which you didn't find a really detailed and accurate answer. Thanks! Now, as for Erik's "color commentary" spec-ye-la-tion, why, it's jes possible that I done come from the right near the Ozarks, yesiree. My grandpappy and his pappy 'fore him wuz from Texarkana, m...
by Tex
Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:29 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: puny
Replies: 11
Views: 7155

puny

continuing on about puny.....I used the phrase last night, in describing my physical condition, to say I was "feeling puny" - meaning, I feel sick with a cold, physically tired and ill. The person I was speaking to had never heard puny uesd in that context - only in the context of size or stature. P...
by Tex
Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dang or dang it
Replies: 13
Views: 5781

dang or dang it

Ken -- Thanks for your answer - I've been curious. I certainly am one of the many beneficiaries from your apparent lack of sleep. :) Erik, what of you? How is it that you've got the time to post pithy and wry comments on so many posts? And Dale, um, for those of us who are not yet retired, we work "...
by Tex
Tue May 31, 2005 12:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dang or dang it
Replies: 13
Views: 5781

dang or dang it

Ken -- As usual, thank you for your incredibly detailed response. I appreciate your efforts to give a careful and accurate answer to my question. I honestly didn't realize it would turn into such a research project! A few comments: First, I assume no pun intended in your bibliography (Picturesque Ex...
by Tex
Wed May 18, 2005 6:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dang or dang it
Replies: 13
Views: 5781

dang or dang it

Erik - I know you from prior helpful posts. :) You found what I did - agree it's an alternative to "damn," but I was hoping to find some info on its origin and/or regional usuage. Hmm....Tex has always seemed a gender neutral word to me. As has Texan (which can refer to either gendered person from T...
by Tex
Wed May 18, 2005 2:51 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dang or dang it
Replies: 13
Views: 5781

dang or dang it

Hello all -- After doing my due diligence in your archives and other suggested sources, I did not find origin info for the phrase "dang it" (most dictionaries just say euphemism - one suggested 18th C euphemism). I am inquiring because I mentioned to a friend that it was a US Southern phrase (as I h...
by Tex
Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shine on it
Replies: 3
Views: 3126

shine on it

Thank you both very much for the responses. Ken, you've answered several of my past questions, and I always appreciate your thoroughness, timeliness and effort. Not sure how/where you find this stuff but am glad that you do. :) Best regards, Tex - oh! I just remembered my old wordwizard name - Paula...