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Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Nebuchadnezzar
Replies: 2
Views: 1409

Nebuchadnezzar

Why the big bottle of Champagne is called Nebuchadnezzar?
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Is there anything in the wind...
Replies: 29
Views: 5035

Is there anything in the wind...

Many thanks for your contributions. I will now venture into an example to help me explain what I think : Can an object be better (more developed) than another for a specific use? I suppose, yes it can. What if I need to support an object with another one to perform a task? Would this be better or wo...
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Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Is there anything in the wind...
Replies: 29
Views: 5035

Is there anything in the wind...

Minjeff, thanks for your comments. It's interesting to hear that the same situation exists in Spanish. I also remember from my school days that French too needs another verb to activate the wind. I think it is universally accepted that some languages are more developed than others. So, if the whole ...
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Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Is there anything in the wind...
Replies: 29
Views: 5035

Is there anything in the wind...

I am trying to find out whether words do have a rank over other words. For instance only rain is needed to rain, but you need to blow to have a wind. Is then rain superior to wind in this aspect?
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Sun Nov 20, 2005 10:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Is there anything in the wind...
Replies: 29
Views: 5035

Is there anything in the wind...

We have rain and snow in noun and verb, but wind only in noun, and not in verb. Now, linguistically, is wind better or lesser than rain and snow? Is there a discipline in linguistics exploring such differences?
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Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Is there anything in the wind...
Replies: 29
Views: 5035

Is there anything in the wind...

It rains and it snows, but it doesn't wind. In terms of linguistics is wind more or less developed than rain and snow?
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Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:55 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Is there anything in the wind...
Replies: 29
Views: 5035

Is there anything in the wind...

Is there anything in the wind corresponding to the drops of rain and the flakes of snow?
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Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: legal limit
Replies: 45
Views: 14733

legal limit

May I remind the commentators that the original question did not have any alcohol content, and that the driver referred to was actually teetotal.
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Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Make Market
Replies: 20
Views: 3829

Make Market

Thanks to Erik and Haro for accent notes. Since we don't have accents in modern English, it is difficult to imagine the effect of their disappearance. How would a French speaker feel reading a French text without the accents?
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Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: legal limit
Replies: 45
Views: 14733

legal limit

Nothing worked so far. Many good contributions of high substance but the dilemma is still there. When "legal" is around, "limit" takes our minds to the upper limit and not to the lower limit. Neither do we have a powerful word to mean the opposite of exceeding (a limit). The language seems not respo...
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Sat Nov 12, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Make Market
Replies: 20
Views: 3829

Make Market

C'est pas égou, mais égu. Any idea why the other accent is "grave"?
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Sat Nov 12, 2005 12:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Please send me 200 words and there origin
Replies: 21
Views: 4511

Please send me 200 words and there origin

"... not unlike linguistics..." Why do we say this? By the way, this doesn't mean that I understand the rest of the comment by Spiritus. But "not unlike"?
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Thu Nov 10, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Please send me 200 words and there origin
Replies: 21
Views: 4511

Please send me 200 words and there origin

I will start with the most likely first word for your list:
usurp
c.1325, from O.Fr. usurper, from L. usurpare "make use of, sieze for use," in L.L. "to assume unlawfully," from usus "a use" + rapere "to sieze".
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Thu Nov 10, 2005 2:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: imitative
Replies: 1
Views: 1247

imitative

What is the origin of "barf" to mean vomit. The best my search could produce was a vague reference to its "imitative" sound? You might perhaps cover the barf with more words imitating sounds.
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Sat Nov 05, 2005 9:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Is it I ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3997

Is it I ?

Can we still call "it is I" the correct form when most of us say "it's me"? What else is needed to transfer "it is I" to the archaics folder?