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by Heather
Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: f's for s's?????
Replies: 11
Views: 2687

f's for s's?????

when reading writings from the 1600's, or thereabouts, why do
the printers use and f for an s? i can't think of an example right now, but frequently this is seen
by Heather
Tue Oct 11, 2005 3:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cream teas
Replies: 19
Views: 5472

cream teas

a "British cozy" is usually a murder mystery set in England country side-- sort of like a Miss Marple mystery, they differ from American murder mysteries; usually they are pay alot more attention to detail and sometimes seem very "wordy" or "long-winded" and some people tend to have a hard time foll...
by Heather
Tue Oct 11, 2005 1:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cream teas
Replies: 19
Views: 5472

cream teas

I have tried the search feature and have been unable to ascertain exactly what this means. I am a HUGE mystery ready and am especially
fond of "British cozies". I take it to mean a type of beverage, perhaps a sweet one? Any help would be appreciated :]
by Heather
Sun Oct 09, 2005 9:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hellbent for leather / election / breakfast / . .
Replies: 2
Views: 5904

hellbent for leather / election / breakfast / . .

I've heard my dad say this my whole life, as in "he was riding hell bent for leather" -- meaning riding very fast and I've also heard is as "She came into the office hell bent for leather" meaning very determined, or angry where does this saying come from. P.S.... I've heard a lot of other people us...
by Heather
Fri Oct 07, 2005 4:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Agreement of number; mythical 'rules' of grammar
Replies: 35
Views: 5737

Agreement of number (again)

Perhaps the question is one of punctuation:

"All it takes is a few clicks?"
"Yes, all it takes ARE a few clicks."

( what about many clicks? ) All it takes is many clicks?.....All it takes are many clicks?
by Heather
Wed Oct 05, 2005 3:58 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shotgun house
Replies: 4
Views: 3338

shotgun house

Growing up in the South, I have seen many "shot-gun" houses, and concur with Ken. Also, of some interest, another style of house from this era was the "dog-trot". Essentially, this was a house built with rooms on either side of a breeze way. Before the advent of air conditioning this breezeway serve...
by Heather
Wed Oct 05, 2005 3:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "coin a phrase"
Replies: 2
Views: 2927

"coin a phrase"

where does this phrase come from and when did it originate?