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by pokoma
Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Not strictly on origins, but nevertheless...
Replies: 15
Views: 4963

Not strictly on origins, but nevertheless...

Here's a different slant I learned in a course on teaching reading. We often recognize "sight words" by their shapes, not their spelling -- thanks largely to Anglo-Saxon words that wreak havoc with the rules of phonics ("though" doesn't rhyme with "through" or "trough" -- and don't forget "lough" fo...
by pokoma
Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words
Replies: 11
Views: 7894

floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words

Comedian Red Skelton defined the longest word in the English language as that which follows "And now a word from our sponsor."
by pokoma
Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hizzoner
Replies: 3
Views: 2403

Hizzoner

Thanx. I got about the same with my Web searches. I helped reelect my "Hizzoner" last month and wanted to make sure the term would be OK in a humorous tribute. I say, if you can find a good and honest politician (or auto mechanic), hang onto him/her.
by pokoma
Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A sound you do not notice until it stops.
Replies: 17
Views: 3594

A sound you do not notice until it stops.

Don't know the term but here's a real example. My parents'grandfather clock had a Westminster chime that sounded (all or part) every quarter hour. Visitors would ask how we could stand it. My family, of course, had gotten used to it. At 18 I went away to college. The first several weeks I kept feeli...
by pokoma
Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hizzoner
Replies: 3
Views: 2403

Hizzoner

Meaning "His honor" used in place of the name of a mayor. I'm looking for the origin of the term. I remember seeing it in a comic strip in the 1950s and would like to see the character it was applied to.