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by hsargent
Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what makes a word a word - and who decides
Replies: 21
Views: 7145

Re: what makes a word a word - and who decides

I used the link. I will try to use it in a sentence with my British friend.
by hsargent
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what makes a word a word - and who decides
Replies: 21
Views: 7145

Re: what makes a word a word - and who decides

What does cwm mean. The online dictionary did not help.

Is psuedoword a psuedoword? Is this a joke I am not getting?

A note... with modern software, a word is a string of letters where there is no squiggly line under the string of letter!
by hsargent
Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what makes a word a word - and who decides
Replies: 21
Views: 7145

Re: what makes a word a word - and who decides

We always said the vowels were a e i o u and sometimes y.

I looked up cwm.
chiefly British
: cirque 3

Does that mean it is an abbreviation?

It would not be allowed in Scrabble. I don't think Brrr and the like would work either.
by hsargent
Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: what makes a word a word - and who decides
Replies: 21
Views: 7145

Re: what makes a word a word - and who decides

So a word has to contain a vowel which I am surprised WoZ did not include in his group of letters requirement. This thread could also be expanded to adding definitions to a word. With the number of communications networks, these situations are common. Example: Tweet was the sound of a bird (I can't ...
by hsargent
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: o'clock
Replies: 9
Views: 4195

Re: o'clock

I'm sure it is okay but not commonly practiced. A single number needs an indication of "units", but I don't know of any confusion with a sequence of two numbers....it seems obvious it is a time reference. (now watch all of the two number sequences which are not times which are offered.. I have one ....
by hsargent
Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hoard
Replies: 12
Views: 2659

Re: Hoard

You just couldn't hoard yourself back!
by hsargent
Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hoard
Replies: 12
Views: 2659

Re: Hoard

I've seen the male Bowerbird nests and they have a flare for beauty.
by hsargent
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: at loggerheads
Replies: 8
Views: 4941

Re: at loggerheads

Sorry for the slow response Edwin. I did not get a notification. It was probably due to the merging with the archive which I appreciate. loggerhead (n.) Look up loggerhead at Dictionary.com 1580s, "stupid person, blockhead," perhaps from dialectal logger "heavy block of wood" + head (n.). Later it m...
by hsargent
Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hoard
Replies: 12
Views: 2659

Re: Hoard

Hoard is defined as my wife! Plastic bags, plastic jugs with lids, coat hangers, clothes which our four children ever wore (they are 38-46), and anything that we have ever owned. But it is not a issue for me!
It is good to know the correct spelling of hordes.
by hsargent
Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: at loggerheads
Replies: 8
Views: 4941

Loggerhead

aaa [ Note: This posting had been merged with an earlier posting on the same topic.- -Forum Moderator ] I heard this term today, a state of disagreement with no resolution. The first use of this I found was the 1670's. It was a tool used in logging with an iron ball. I am amazed such a casual sourc...
by hsargent
Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bucket list
Replies: 10
Views: 4767

Re: Bucket List

We have talked about bucket lists for years in our Art League as we paint. Our number is 20 items. They are not extreme items. They are things which we want to do for the experience value which might be very common place. For example, I want to go to a District court trial and just watch the proceed...
by hsargent
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Wish Bone
Replies: 4
Views: 5178

The Wish Bone

I raised chickens in by backyard as a child. My mother butchered them in the traditional American style I assume...South Texas. After I was married, I strained my brain to duplicate her methods. The gizzard also defied me. It was always in three attached pieces with the stomach lining pulled out. No...
by hsargent
Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Here and there
Replies: 2
Views: 986

Re: Here and there

My wife also suffers from paragraphs with no introductory sentences. As she has gotten older, her mind can dart in any direction and you had better be tactful.
by hsargent
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eggcorned
Replies: 13
Views: 25370

Re: Eggcorned

I learned of earcorn from WW I thought. I can not find this early thread to justify my learning. I never heard this verbalized. I did look at the online dictionary and they do not have eggcorn or earcorn. Eggcorn is in Wikipedia and not earcorn. Either word is rather ridiculous. I was very fond of e...
by hsargent
Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eggcorned
Replies: 13
Views: 25370

Re: Eggcorned

An earcorn (eggcorn?) is a word in a common expression which is misunderstood by enough people and used frequently enough in error to be accepted as correct. A single occurrence does not an earcorn make! Or is eggcorn your effort to prove the point? Have we made of list of these before? "If you thin...