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by Ken Greenwald
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:47 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sweating like a horse / sweating like a pig
Replies: 2
Views: 3798

sweating like a horse / sweating like a pig

aaa <“He was sweating like a horse . As cold as it had been at the scene, it was equally hot in the interview room.”— The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag, page 13> I’ve always heard it as sweating like a pig . The meaning of both is the same – perspiring profusely.] A Google search produced: sweating like a ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A deep one.
Replies: 8
Views: 5659

Re: A deep one.

aaa Here is what American Atheists have to say about themselves: Atheism is not a belief system nor is it a religion. While there are some religions that are atheistic (certain sects of Buddhism, for example), that does not mean that atheism is a religion. Two commonly used retorts to the nonsense ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: off their own bat
Replies: 4
Views: 4713

off their own bat

aaa <2013 “They all remembered unnerving cases where missing kids had turned up hidden in obscure corners of houses and flats, sometimes off their own bat .”—Cross and Burn by Val McdDermid, page 121> Some more British slang. I’ve got to stop reading so many books by Brits: CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARIES D...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: grass me up
Replies: 6
Views: 3986

Re: grass me up

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Phil, British book, dictionary says British informal, never heard it, so I guess the US is impoverished with the phrase but not with variants such as 'call the police, 'inform on', 'betray,'etc.
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Ken — January 10, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: grass me up
Replies: 6
Views: 3986

grass me up

aaa <2013 “‘Are we going to get in trouble?’ ‘Only if you grass me up Cross and Burn by Val McdDermid, page 97> CASSELL’S DICTIONARY OF SLANG GRASS ( also GRASS SOMEONE UP ) [1930s and still in use]: To inform, to tell tales, to betray. ________________________ OXFORD DICTIONARIES GRASS British inf...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kick off
Replies: 6
Views: 3238

Re: kick off

aaa Thanks Phil, I like 'go ballistic.' Too bad it's fading away. I subtracted out office and got down to 54,111. It's kind of fun subtracting out words and seeing how low you can go. I got down to 33,672 using several more words. A nice game to play on a rainy afternoon. _____________________ Ken ...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kick off
Replies: 6
Views: 3238

kick off

aaa An anxious boy tries to get help to find his missing mother: <2013 “The boy started bouncing on the balls of his feet, all wound up and nowhere to go. He wasn’t the sort of lad who would kick off , she thought she knew that. But that was no reason not to try to placate him.”— Cross and Burn by ...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pig in a poke
Replies: 2
Views: 2595

pig in a poke

aaa <2013 “Then he looked at the possibilities of internet dating. The trouble with that was you were buying a pig in a poke . He sniggered to himself at his cleverness, his skill with language.”— Cross and Burn by Val McDermid, page 3> I’ve come across this down-home expression very occasionally, ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: coldcock
Replies: 7
Views: 4627

coldcock

aaa <2015 “‘We think he’s broke and so he sends a couple of goons to put the squeeze on you. For some reason you don’t want to be squeezed. They push, you coldcock them in broad daylight outside a courtroom. I like it.”’— Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham, page 260> Nasty-sounding word! But it’s in the ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toothpaste machine?
Replies: 7
Views: 1885

Re: Toothpaste machine?

aaa
Add me to the never seen, heard of, or imagined list.
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Ken — December 31, 2015 (Happy New Year)
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 'e-begging' / nouning verbs (e.g. 'an ask')
Replies: 3
Views: 3247

'e-begging' / nouning verbs (e.g. 'an ask')

aaa The following quote comes from an article on “Crowdfunding or ‘ e-begging .’” This involves asking for donations for such things as “the former baby sitter hoping to crowdfund her dream wedding or the stressed-out couple asking for money to take a vacation.” But not all crowdfunding requests ar...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Night-night
Replies: 6
Views: 2131

Re: Night-night

aaa
I've always heard it as nighty-night and have heard it said facetiously between adults and adults and adults and children of all ages.
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Ken — December 27, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wishes
Replies: 4
Views: 1302

Re: Wishes

aaa
Thanks Steve and Bob and the same to one and all.
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Ken — December 23, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)
Replies: 20
Views: 8174

Re: Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)

aaa Forced vegemite and marmite feeding are on a par with waterboarding for most of us in the U.S. When I first (and last tasted) these delicacies on a trip to New Zealand I nearly gagged. Tasted like eating a salt lick with a few other unsavory items thrown in. There ought o be a warning label whe...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mechanical pencil's inside thing
Replies: 5
Views: 1389

Re: Mechanical pencil's inside thing

aaa The expression put lead in your pencil also has another interesting side — it's a risqué idiom. And as Bonnie said, “ Funny how the posts here can lead me onto a rabbit trail of semi-useful information!” THE AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY OF IDIOMS PUT LEAD IN ONE’S PENCIL Enhance or restore sexu...