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by Phil White
Tue May 10, 2005 7:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 3305

Seeking a word

Dale's right. The "most recent poster" is in fact the "most recent editor".
by Phil White
Mon May 09, 2005 9:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: skinned alive
Replies: 22
Views: 5913

skinned alive

King, If you: 1. Use a browser other than Internet Explorer 2. Always keep Windows patched with the latest security patches 3. Use up-to-date anti-virus and firewall software (or a hardware firewall) 4. Pray very hard if you're that way inclined then most of the things you catch online will be relat...
by Phil White
Mon May 09, 2005 8:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: smart cookie
Replies: 2
Views: 4786

smart cookie

English playwright, author, actor, and composer Noel Coward once wittily translated ‘smart cookie’ into British as ‘clever biscuit.’
And most tiresome aspiring wits in the UK regularly use "that's the way the biscuit busts". Me? Never!
by Phil White
Mon May 09, 2005 6:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: skinned alive
Replies: 22
Views: 5913

skinned alive

Another issue: If you are likely to end up on unsavoury sites (and we all appear to suspect that you will), make absolutely sure that your computer is well protected. Many sites of ill repute drop nasty things on your computer. Hans Jörg, Thanks for those. Perhaps we should put them together in one ...
by Phil White
Mon May 09, 2005 9:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: skinned alive
Replies: 22
Views: 5913

skinned alive

King, Google, Yahoo or MSN are all search engines. Go to http://www.google.com, http://www.msn.com or http://www.yahoo.com and search for what you want. There are many tricks for getting better results with the search engines and I suggest you read the help pages on the various sites carefully. With...
by Phil White
Sat May 07, 2005 5:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 3305

Seeking a word

Sir?
by Phil White
Fri May 06, 2005 3:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: construe and rue
Replies: 3
Views: 1153

construe and rue

Yes, Tim's right, there's not a great deal of etymology in the online sources. "Construe" certainly comes from the Latin construere , ulimately derived from "con" + "struere", i.e. to "pile together". It thus has the same root as "construct". Ken may be able to help with early citations and meanings...
by Phil White
Fri May 06, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Inability of being true to himself
Replies: 3
Views: 1610

Inability of being true to himself

Paras,

I certainly can't think of a single word, but perhaps "lacking integrity" or "lacking the courage of his convictions" may get close to what you want.
by Phil White
Fri May 06, 2005 10:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 4335

three on a match

And I developed the habit of smoking a cigarette in a cupped hand from smoking in the murkier corners of the school yard. It's stuck with me since, at least whenever I smoke out of doors.
by Phil White
Thu May 05, 2005 10:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fanny packs
Replies: 12
Views: 2992

fanny packs

Presumably one or the other nation doesn't know its arse from its err...
by Phil White
Wed May 04, 2005 12:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 8271

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

Che is right to point to Derrida, particularly with respect to postmodernism and language. I always take the Wikipedia with a pinch of salt, but many of the entries about language appear to be pretty sound, and the one on postmodernism provides a pretty good broad-sweep introduction (http://en.wikip...
by Phil White
Sun May 01, 2005 2:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: fruitless search
Replies: 7
Views: 1971

fruitless search

Dale, The thread you mean is the "qb the ring" thread, which appears to have been inadvertantly removed. We discussed its mysterious disappearance under http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=17831 To my knowledge, this is the only thread to have disappeared without trace. In this forum so...
by Phil White
Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: New ROOTs?
Replies: 20
Views: 3591

New ROOTs?

As Russ said, it depends whether "cannot be traced back" means "cannot be traced back to an existing root in the relevant language (or one of its progenitors)" or "is not in any way derivative (of anything)". Either way, it's something I'd never really considered, and the fundamental argument by and...
by Phil White
Sun Apr 24, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: New ROOTs?
Replies: 20
Views: 3591

New ROOTs?

The absolute contention that "no new roots can appear" is questionable, but it is certainly a relatively rare occurrence, at least in a well-established language. Nevertheless, many trade names become perfectly acceptable roots (xerox, hoover, google); occasionally something new arrives from science...
by Phil White
Sun Apr 17, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: flaunt vs. flout
Replies: 12
Views: 3816

flaunt vs. flout

Bob,
To answer your question, I agree with you. It would never have occurred to me that there was any confusion.