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by minjeff
Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Reduction of/in
Replies: 11
Views: 1681

Re: Reduction of/in

I don't think that the difference comes from the quantitativity or qualitativity of the object reduced. I think that the difference comes more in the speaker's conceptualization of the meaning of either preposition. I looked up both "of" and "in" and each has a definition or context in which they wo...
by minjeff
Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fartknocker
Replies: 13
Views: 13381

Re: fartknocker

Phil beat me to it! That's what I remebered fartknocker as meaning. Never anything else.
by minjeff
Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To stargaze
Replies: 4
Views: 1860

Re: To stargaze

I like russ's changes for thought and bulkiness reasons, but I think he's lost some of the flow and nature of language. I'd suggest the following: He wants to please his wife by not gambling, instead he's taking her stargazing on the weekends up in the mountains. or if it must be singular "atop the ...
by minjeff
Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Grammarians: Help is required
Replies: 15
Views: 8096

Re: Grammarians: Help is required

Hello Phil, it's great to be back in deed! The only reason I argue that "there" must be a pronoun is because it is the apparent subject, the thing that "is" and is redefined in the predicate nominative as "a cost". Really as I think about it though it could just be a "proword" holding the place wher...
by minjeff
Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fowl Play?
Replies: 8
Views: 4345

Re: Fowl Play?

Has anyone considered that perhaps the police found chickens or quails running about the scene?
by minjeff
Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ... any more than a bull can sew cushions
Replies: 16
Views: 3872

Re: ... any more than a bull can sew cushions

Ok... now they all make so much more sense... I should have been saying the aloud with a British accent!
by minjeff
Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Grammarians: Help is required
Replies: 15
Views: 8096

Re: Grammar nerds: Help is required

I'm assuming that you're asking in terms of traditional grammar. So, here goes! "Up" is an adverb because it's function is to modify the meaning of "wake" which is a verb "There" is usually an adverb but here it is holding the place of the subject which is named in the predicate nominative (the cost...
by minjeff
Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Opinion about
Replies: 3
Views: 1694

Re: Opinion about

They all seem to have the same or very similar meanings to me. "What sort of person is John?" would strike me as having a somewhat negative connotation. "What's your opinion about (or 'of') John? could also be perceived as a negative comment or slightly more prying than the others. How do some of th...
by minjeff
Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ... any more than a bull can sew cushions
Replies: 16
Views: 3872

Re: ... any more than a bull can sew cushions

Would someone across the pond please explain to this poor Yank? Tony and Bobinwales' posts seem extremely random to me.
by minjeff
Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ... any more than a bull can sew cushions
Replies: 16
Views: 3872

Re: ... any more than a bull can sew cushions

Thanks Shelley ;-)

Your post jogged my memory to when I used to say "hey" to people and my mother would pop me on the back of my head and declare that "hay" was for horses.
by minjeff
Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: US election terms
Replies: 29
Views: 7903

Re: US election terms

I just skimmed the Wikipedia article, and admittedly I have been avoiding as much of the political media as I can while still being a responsible citizen. However, I have always been under the impression that a Battleground State is a state where the votes are close, regardless of which party the st...
by minjeff
Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Window to the brain
Replies: 35
Views: 9706

Re: Window to the brain

Yes Phil, Dawkins did recycle Jaynes theory... I don't know if I buy into the entire theory but in his description of consciousness he pointed out the connection of sight and understanding and knowledge. That's really all the connection I was intending to draw. However, when it comes to religious la...
by minjeff
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ... any more than a bull can sew cushions
Replies: 16
Views: 3872

Re: ... any more than a bull can sew cushions

I don't think it's this phrase particularly. I think it's an idiomatic phrase or tendancy of speakers to use it in the absurd. I did a google search for your specific phrase to no avail, but I also remembered hearing my mother say a similar phrase that included cats and did google search for that on...
by minjeff
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It's inside the side pocket
Replies: 9
Views: 1987

Re: It's inside the side pocket

It's around the corner

It surrounds the corner

It's a rounded corner