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by minjeff
Sat Nov 12, 2005 12:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Make Market
Replies: 20
Views: 3481

Make Market

Je comprends. Je crois que c'est faire le marche. Merci beaucoup.
by minjeff
Fri Nov 11, 2005 11:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Humor Me
Replies: 7
Views: 2262

Humor Me

According to dictionary.com humor means: To comply with the wishes or ideas of; indulge. To adapt or accommodate oneself to. I too think that she was mocking you, but I also believe that she may have been trying to sarcastically point out that while your boss being loud annoyed you, your radio being...
by minjeff
Fri Nov 11, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Make Market
Replies: 20
Views: 3481

Make Market

Has anyone ever heard the phrase "make market"? What context is it used in? Today in the grocery store my friend made the comment "Let's make market!" and I thought it was the most asinine (not like an ass but rather silly/stupid) comment.
by minjeff
Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: -ing forms - gradience of, and catenation analyses
Replies: 31
Views: 6348

fishing

Phil is absolutely right. Being taught by traditional Latin based grammarians these are the first answers and the rules upon which I depend, however I would also like to assert that I whole heartedly applaud and agree with Phil's answer as being the more "modern" response. Also, to make things easie...
by minjeff
Thu Nov 10, 2005 3:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: red state, blue state
Replies: 16
Views: 7599

red state, blue state

Yes, Bob, at least in American History that's how we're taught: the Yankees (Americans) and the Tories (the British).
by minjeff
Wed Nov 09, 2005 9:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: legal limit
Replies: 45
Views: 12928

legal limit

How about: Many lorry drivers on the roads are exceeding the legal limit of driving hours due to ignoring the mandatory breaks.

However, I do agree that a legal minimum of breaks makes the wording ever so clearer. ;)
by minjeff
Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Rare v. One of a Kind
Replies: 8
Views: 2484

Rare v. One of a Kind

I concur with Uptown. In fact I would point out that superlative and extreme limit it to one. The superlative is "the" one of many e.g. The best student in the class. Best is the superlative and it is understood that only one student can be the best. The same applies for all superlatives. Therefore,...
by minjeff
Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Reapt or Reaped
Replies: 12
Views: 3759

Reapt or Reaped

I agree with Bobinwales and would like to add that it probably stemmed from overgeneralization from such words as leap/leapt, creep/crept, keep/kept, or sweep/swept. Similarly, I can relate to your situation: in my hometown (Cleveland) we call carbonated beverages "pop" and where I attend school we ...
by minjeff
Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: -ing forms - gradience of, and catenation analyses
Replies: 31
Views: 6348

fishing [note topic name change - admin]

In structure it's a gerund or present participle, and in function it's an adverb (because "to go" is an intransitive verb and cannot take a direct object, which "fishing" could also be). It isn't a gerund as gerund must be a noun. I would call it an adverbial present participle, as it's structure is...
by minjeff
Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: red state, blue state
Replies: 16
Views: 7599

red state, blue state

It's rather ironic that Uptown has brought up the fact that being "red" once meant one to be a communist, but it also has a meaning that stems from "red coat." Personally this is what I always think of the "red coats" or unAmericans and the rebels, who in movies are often portrayed in blue. Not to o...