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by Ken Greenwald
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pants on fire
Replies: 10
Views: 4119

Re: pants on fire

Here's an interesting quote and statistic: <2018 "Mr. Trump’s presidency has been marked from the start with false or misleading statements, such as his outlandish claims that more people came to his inauguration than any before and that at least three million unauthorized immigrants voted illegally...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hagiographic
Replies: 2
Views: 682

hagiographic

In an article on Chinese president Xi Jinping, I read the following: <2018 “It is difficult to measure popular opinion in China, but there seems to be little doubt that the country’s economic and political stability in recent years — bolstered by hagiographic coverage — has bolstered Mr. Xi’s effort...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 73
Views: 40165

Re: Good Quotes

John and Tony,

You're right on the money!
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Ken — March 10, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 73
Views: 40165

Re: Good Quotes

The following quote is from Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) and appeared in The Week , March 9, 2018, page 17: Many a good argument is ruined by some fool who knows what he is talking about. Note: Today, McLuhan, author of The Medium is the Message , probably would have used the phrase ‘who knows what ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Minding ones P's and Q's
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Re: Minding ones P's and Q's

Wikipedia has a particularly good discussion on the possible origins of
Mind your P’s and Q’s.
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Ken Greenwald — March 8, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bricolage
Replies: 4
Views: 846

bricolage

The following appeared in an article on a lawsuit recently filed by Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland’s (101 years old – long retired) lawsuit against a movie production company: <2018 “Few expect her to win, but the action is nonetheless reverberating as a kind of last stand against the cur...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 11
Views: 2842

tinfoil hat

The cover story in this week’s issue of the news magazine The Week says: Trump’s ‘truthers’ — The tinfoil-hat campaign to discredit Mueller’s Russia investigation The cover shows two investigators with grim looks and wearing what looks like aluminum foil hats that rise to a point. In the article it ...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: prepared to / willing to
Replies: 9
Views: 1000

Re: prepared to / willing to

One could argue that "prepared to" implies that one has the tools to do the job, whereas "willing to" says that "I'll give it a go" even if I don't necessarily have the tools to do the job (e.g. "I am prepared to go to war" vs. "I am willing to go to war.") Perhaps the ones who are prepared have bee...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Money
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Re: Money

In the USA I would say 'exposed' or showing.
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Ken — January 17, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bizarro
Replies: 5
Views: 1018

Re: bizarro

In Italian we have 'bizzarro' for bizarre. They threw in an extra 'z' to make it really strange. :o
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Ken — January 16, 2918
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bizarro
Replies: 5
Views: 1018

Re: bizarro

Tony,

Could be.
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Ken — January 16, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bizarro
Replies: 5
Views: 1018

bizarro

<2017 “Some conservatives see upside-down [[Christmas]] trees as yet more proof of liberals’ politically correct war on Christian traditions. ‘It’s like the upside-down world . . . the bizarro world,’ . . .”— The Week , December 22/December 29> The meaning is obvious. Using this word I got 4 hits i...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just legs.
Replies: 4
Views: 900

Re: Just legs.

Bob,

I always have the gut feeling that there should be an apostrophe. Same story for hers. It doesn't make sense, but that the way it is. :(
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Ken — January 13, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 972

Re: shambolic

Phil,

Thanks for pointing that out. I got a bit paranoid about that and so have dated all my postings since then, which is probably unnecessary, but I do it anyway out of habit and just in case.
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Ken — January 9, 2018 :)
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 972

shambolic

“Overseas, Trump has pounded ISIS to the brink of defeat [[fake fact?]], taken a tough line with Iran and North Korea, and finally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. ‘None of this is to deny Trump’s failings’; he remains a deeply divisive figure, with ‘a shambolic governing style.’”— Th...