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by PauladePlume
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cackalacky and derivatives
Replies: 8
Views: 4401

Re: Cackalacky and derivatives

Thank you, Phil. It's very true that American English has drawn heavily on German words. I would gladly research this myself, but I don't either know or probably din't have access to some of the detailed resources various people on this site often use to answer questions. I was just hoping somebody ...
by PauladePlume
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cackalacky and derivatives
Replies: 8
Views: 4401

Re: Cackalacky and derivatives

So, no one. Wow.
by PauladePlume
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cackalacky and derivatives
Replies: 8
Views: 4401

Re: Cackalacky and derivatives

Is anyone else willing or able to weigh in on this inquiry? Erik or Ken?
Thx!
by PauladePlume
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cackalacky and derivatives
Replies: 8
Views: 4401

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: 8
Views: 4401

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: 8
Views: 4401

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: 12363

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: 12363

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: 2710

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: 2937

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: 12363

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: 2086

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: 9233

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: 1509

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: 1421

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..."