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by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Belt and Braces - transatlantic differences.
Replies: 8
Views: 2926

Re: Belt and Braces - transatlantic differences.

aaa I’m surprised as I danced through life never having heard the American expression belts and suspenders – it’s really a good one, which I take to mean: Making doubly sure by having a backup if one of two objects, methods, plans, ideas, etc. fail. Or, as Tony so aptly put it: to take two or more ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the ubiquitous two
Replies: 4
Views: 1984

Re: the ubiquitous two

aaa
"Tea for three" just doesn't hack it!
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Ken - November 17, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "wrapped in cotton wool" and "pin money"
Replies: 22
Views: 10677

Re: "wrapped in cotton wool" and "pin money"

aaa
They were wishin' for spring!
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Ken - November 17, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: double black diamond
Replies: 1
Views: 2533

double black diamond

<2016 “Pittsburgh logged Day 1 of Uber’s self-driving car experiment. A few of the ride-share service’s most loyal users are taking part in the pilot program, operating in a few square miles of the city’s downtown. During our own reporter’s test ride, a safety engineer in the driver’s seat took con...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moiety
Replies: 34
Views: 17806

Re: moiety

I noticed that the etymology of moiety was not addressed, so here it is: MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE : Etymology of moiety : Moiety is one of thousands of words that English speakers borrowed from French. The Anglo-French moitè (meaning "a half" or "part of something") comes from Late Latin medietat-, me...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Leguminous
Replies: 3
Views: 3029

Re: Leguminous

Phil, I like your very inventive 'leguminous' -- much more colorful than just plan old 'greenish.'
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Ken Greenwald - September 1, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:57 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 73
Views: 40192

Re: Good Quotes

A tag line used in a communication by a friend of mine: A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about. ~Miguel de Unamuno Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (1864 – 1936) was a Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, professor of Greek and Classics, and...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nemine contradicente
Replies: 5
Views: 5425

nemine contradicente

aaa <2016 “—that moving house was one of the most stressful of life’s experiences—even if not quite as disturbing as being the victim of an armed robbery or being elected president, nemine contradicente of an unstable South American republic.”— The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith, ...
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: 4268

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: 6508

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: 5113

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: 4300

Re: grass me up

aaa
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: 4300

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: 3595

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: 3595

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 ...