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by hsargent
Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bandana or bandanna
Replies: 12
Views: 8306

bandana or bandanna

I wasn't questioning Blevin's information but he did not include origin. The Asian background is consistent with usage, "to tie" but it might be a coincidence with Cowboy usage.
by hsargent
Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: left nut
Replies: 13
Views: 5579

left nut

It's a dealer's choice with left or right.

For real emphasis and total commitment, one (if one is a he and not a wife!) might say both nuts (example Castradoes and Unics (sic) could not find correct spelling for either work).
by hsargent
Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: February
Replies: 4
Views: 1750

February

If this question is permitted in this forum, when and how did February get 28/29 days?

My understanding is that it occurred in the last 250 years since George Washington's birthday has changed as a result.
by hsargent
Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "Screening"
Replies: 4
Views: 1841

"Screening"

This is probably redundant with what has been already stated, but in the laboratory analysis of solids, screening is "separation based on a size standard".

Extrapolating to dealing with people and issues, a generalization would be "separation based on a standard".
by hsargent
Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: powwow
Replies: 34
Views: 9823

powwow

Back to Powwow. I have never thought it was insensitive or negative. It refers to a meeting of the leaders or chiefs. We are too worried about politically correct but this is beyond any concern I've heard anyone express.
by hsargent
Mon Feb 06, 2006 2:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sack (dismiss)
Replies: 3
Views: 1951

sack (dismiss)

"Sack" is a UK term. And I can see Sack is an emotional event when dismissed.

Us Americans say "fired". But that brings up the question of how that term was developed.
by hsargent
Mon Feb 06, 2006 2:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bandana or bandanna
Replies: 12
Views: 8306

bandana or bandanna

Thanks for all the feedback. I accept the Asian origin for the term Bandana but it is baffling how this term became common usage in the US West. We ain't that sophisticated!
by hsargent
Mon Feb 06, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: pretty ordinary
Replies: 11
Views: 7332

pretty ordinary

Here in Texas, pretty ordinary also means mediocre.

But I do not understand "left pond" referring to America. I would think it refers to the Pacific. What is the rationale for America?
by hsargent
Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bandana or bandanna
Replies: 12
Views: 8306

bandana or bandanna

Etymology: Hindi badhnu tie-dyeing, cloth so dyed, from badhnA to tie, from Sanskrit badhnAti he ties; akin to Old English bindan
: a large often colorfully patterned handkerchief

Good suggestion. It sort of loses its tie to cowboys!
by hsargent
Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sociology
Replies: 2
Views: 1763

sociology

http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk/bglibraries/Library/info/info sociology.htm This link leads to three other links. I looked for this after observing some "white-trash" youth with baggy old clothes, partially shaved heads, cursing excessively, and smoking butts from the waste can at a mall here in Tex...
by hsargent
Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bandana or bandanna
Replies: 12
Views: 8306

bandana or bandanna

Does anyone know the background of the word bandana? Of course it is a multicolor cloth used by Cowboys historically. I've always enjoyed telling youth about the "101 uses of the basic red rag" referring to the bandana which is predominately red. But I have never thought about how novel the word is.
by hsargent
Sat Jan 28, 2006 12:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: defugalty
Replies: 6
Views: 3464

defugalty

I used this word around some very educated people. They had not heard the word. I have since looked in many dictionaries and can not find. I has since heard the word used by a friend so I am not the only one. I have an impression that the word was from a Comic Strip (Snuffy Smith) years ago but no v...