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by hsargent
Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: You have another think coming!
Replies: 10
Views: 9615

Re: You have another think coming!

I've heard this several times. I know what the transcript says. But the original expression is think and it make sense with think. I don't know what thing coming means and Obama is not stupid!
by hsargent
Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: You have another think coming!
Replies: 10
Views: 9615

Re: You have another think coming!

Interesting. I thought think was sort of obvious.

Of course I am from the school of 50 years ago on about everything! I did not know I knew a British expression.
by hsargent
Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: You have another think coming!
Replies: 10
Views: 9615

You have another think coming!

The full expression is.... If you think that that will happen - well, you have another think coming. Obama used this expression but the transcript said ....another thing coming. Listening to him, I did not hear the "g". Apparently based on an article by NPR (National Public Radio) thing has become a...
by hsargent
Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Christmas
Replies: 7
Views: 5293

Re: Christmas

Thank you. It is a grand tradition with home and yard lighted decorations and family visits. Each family has their traditions with a sumptuous meal.
by hsargent
Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Howdy!
Replies: 4
Views: 1877

Re: Howdy!

I remember spittoons every 10 feet along the wall in the Court House. That was about 15 years ago.

We do say howdy or hi. We do not say pardner. That would be like saying mate. Oh wait, they do say mate down there.
by hsargent
Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Never end a sentence with a preposition
Replies: 2
Views: 3515

Re: Never end a sentence with a preposition

Where are you having your birthday party?
Where is your birthday party?

These are preferred I believe.
by hsargent
Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: a Scottish squint
Replies: 3
Views: 4519

Re: a Scottish squint

Humor went a squint!
by hsargent
Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The punctuation of Thus
Replies: 9
Views: 14789

Re: The punctuation of Thus

I remember in College that every time I tried to use thus as a conjunction I was corrected and thus was the beginning of a new sentence.

I can't tell you the rational but I got enough -5s to be convinced.

We did not have a comma after the Thus.
by hsargent
Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bar ditch
Replies: 12
Views: 7635

Re: bar ditch

This word just keeps on giving and giving. I looked up the definition of bar and there are 8 meanings which are not that related. Definition of BAR 1 a : a straight piece (as of wood or metal) that is longer than it is wide and has any of various uses (as for a lever, support, barrier, or fastening)...
by hsargent
Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bar ditch
Replies: 12
Views: 7635

Re: bar ditch

It is amazing how a word like BAR comes of interest, it just seems to appear.

How about a Candy Bar? The bar is the shape which is similar to a road. So the bar ditch could come from ditch beside the bar....road base.
by hsargent
Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bar ditch
Replies: 12
Views: 7635

Re: bar ditch

The sand-bar must be based on sand barrow.
by hsargent
Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: He's friends with her.
Replies: 10
Views: 6289

Re: He's friends with her.

Is there an implied difference...


He is friends with her.

vs.

He is a friend of her's.

Look how the possessive came in to play and the preposition had to change. The first is referring to a group of friends and the second is one on one.
by hsargent
Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bar ditch
Replies: 12
Views: 7635

Re: bar ditch

The Barrow has the correct vowel but the borrow/barrow/bar may be another of those ear corns.

Thanks for the research.
by hsargent
Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bar ditch
Replies: 12
Views: 7635

Re: bar ditch

But if you have bar ditches in UK and the source was barrow ditches, I could believe that.

We have not been that careful with our immigrant influence!
by hsargent
Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bar ditch
Replies: 12
Views: 7635

Re: bar ditch

I had found the borrow but not the barrow. It is amazing that such a common term has such a remote origin..... not remote in time but in etymology. (corrected thus the next post may seem strange)