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by PauladePlume
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cackalacky and derivatives
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: Cackalacky and derivatives

Thanks, Trolley, for the response. I'm virtually certain this relates to slavery. Lackey is a pejorative phrase for a manservant. That's what slaves used to be called: "You my lackey." Calling someone a lackey in the South is still an insult (I'm a Southerner many generations over - 1700s). Lackey/l...
by PauladePlume
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cackalacky and derivatives
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: Cackalacky and derivatives

Oh. Forgot to add: some websites tried to tag it to some dubious permutation of a supposed Native American word. My intuition tells me that's an anticipatory straw man defense...
by PauladePlume
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cackalacky and derivatives
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Cackalacky and derivatives

Okay, you guys have diligently and thoughtfully answered every question I've ever posted, so here's a new one. This is American slang-based. Today on Twitter somebody did a promoted tweet for a business named Cackalacky. The hairs on the back of my neck went up! My understanding is this is a racist ...
by PauladePlume
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 17
Views: 8003

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

Awesome work, Tony and Trolley! You knew how to find the facts behind my intuitive hunch. 👊 Sorry it's taking me a year to come back to this. I don't get notices, I guess, when replies are posted? I came back because I have a new one for you superslueths, but I'll post in a new thread. 😉 I always ha...
by PauladePlume
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 17
Views: 8003

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

Yes! Thanks, Erik. Both you and Ken have given me most excellent answers in the past. Muchas gracias!
by PauladePlume
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: entering the store
Replies: 1
Views: 2517

Re: entering the store

A only (and literally as written) means 2. If you want to try to attribute the meanings of 1 or 3 to it, you can only do so by assuming that the writer doesn't know correct grammar or is, at the east, a sloppy writer. You find this sort of sloppy drafting often times in legal contracts and in journa...
by PauladePlume
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fruit for export
Replies: 2
Views: 2721

Re: fruit for export

In neither B nor C does the wording fairly imply that export is the exclusive disposition of the fruit. You'd have to add the limiting word only, exclusively, solely or some such.
by PauladePlume
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 17
Views: 8003

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

Thanks Bob n Erik! My point is that I think this quote is much older and, thus, is attributable to somebody other than W. Clement Stone - rather than trying to pin down which one of his writings contained it. Not doubting that the man made a ton of money, but it seems too profound for an insurance s...
by PauladePlume
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: made me happier
Replies: 1
Views: 1908

Re: made me happier

It means 1.

If you want to say something similar and have meaning 2, I would suggest:

What he said then (or - at that time) made me happier than at any other time (or - in our entire life together).
by PauladePlume
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pants on fire
Replies: 10
Views: 8327

Re: pants on fire

We stopped at, "Liar liar pants on fire!" No reference to telephone lines, telegraph wires or William Blake. And, I imagine it was an Americanism. If I were to guess the origin of "pants on fire" as associated with lying, it probably relates to the idea of burning and catching on fire in hell. Lying...
by PauladePlume
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: headed by/comma
Replies: 1
Views: 1345

Re: headed by/comma

An alti cases come of the more clear punctuation to the meaning you're seeking is the 2nd use with the,. However, both all 3 examples you gave are somewhat awkwardly worded. If you want the most clear wording for your intended meaning, and you're not worried about the comna use, then I would suggest...
by PauladePlume
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too many friends
Replies: 1
Views: 1260

Re: too many friends

You could used 1 or 2 interchangeably. Agree with you that 3 has the altered meaning you suggest.Also think the same problem exists with 3A as with 3. There I would say, "Well, having many friends..."
by PauladePlume
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 17
Views: 8003

Small hinges swing big doors

Hello hello! I haven't been on here in 2 years, and I'm so happy to have found the sight again (took some sleuthing)and see that some of the people who have given really good answers in the past are still active. I wanna see what you guys can find or know about the origin of the phrase (or permutati...
by PauladePlume
Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hellfire and brimstone
Replies: 2
Views: 4330

Hellfire and brimstone

Howdy all- I have not made an appearance on this site in over 10 years and, in fact, I had to re-register. :/ I found my screen name by searching and saw that I had been much maligned in a posting about the phrase "bum steer" which is archived and to which I apparently can not respond nor defend my ...