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by Phil White
Sun May 15, 2005 11:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: kindly requested to kindly...
Replies: 11
Views: 6695

kindly requested to kindly...

I'm in a quandary. Neither version complies with the accepted grammar of the language and I detect light-hearted reference to our recent discussions on "verbing nouns". For what it's worth: 1. "Your Excellency" is generally used for addressing ambassadors, governors and some high officials of the ch...
by Phil White
Sat May 14, 2005 5:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Dilution of the Mother Tongue revisited
Replies: 20
Views: 3890

Dilution of the Mother Tongue revisited

Dale, "Drive" in that meaning has been around since the early days of DOS (good grief! is that 20+ years ago already?) when the facility of using a "RAM drive" was introduced. Effectively, it's just a contraction of "virtual drive" and appears to the user to be identical in function and handling to ...
by Phil White
Sat May 14, 2005 10:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 8781

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

Che, Thank you for your comments and corrections. I share your view that such discussion should be a vital part of Wordwizard alongside more traditional discussion of word meaning and usage. Whether or not Derrida's methodology was initially intended (by him) to be "in respect to ... language" is in...
by Phil White
Thu May 12, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How do you pronounce 'Confirm'?
Replies: 6
Views: 4821

How do you pronounce 'Confirm'?

To expand a little, my own accent is by and large RP with a smattering of South-East London, both easily explained by my social and (in important formative years) geographical background. For no apparent reason, I regularly use a northern "A" ("kassel" for "castle") and "U" ("look" for "luck") in ce...
by Phil White
Thu May 12, 2005 2:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How do you pronounce 'Confirm'?
Replies: 6
Views: 4821

How do you pronounce 'Confirm'?

William,

To ignore Erik's witterings (one of my favourite things), is there any chance that he may have been of Northern Irish descent?
by Phil White
Tue May 10, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: denim and corduroy
Replies: 21
Views: 4237

denim and corduroy

I'd never come across this meaning. For those who share my ignorance, this from the Roadbuilding and Heavy Construction policy of the Alberta Labour Relations Board: There are five main types of roads built: • Soil Cement (Cement Road): This road is constructed of crushed aggregate and dry cement. I...
by Phil White
Tue May 10, 2005 8:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: skinned alive
Replies: 22
Views: 6080

skinned alive

Perhaps he should be condemned to recovering virally infected computers. On the whole, I reckon skinning alive would be a mild punishment in comparison.
by Phil White
Tue May 10, 2005 8:38 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of the usage P.U.
Replies: 14
Views: 5698

origin of the usage P.U.

I certainly remember that as kids in the UK we would hold our noses and say something like "Oh poooh!" in the presence of a foul odour or, by analogy, a disliked fellow pupil. Not something I would associate with adults though. Certainly never heard of "P.U." or the pronunciation "pew".
by Phil White
Tue May 10, 2005 7:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 3515

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: 6080

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: 4891

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: 6080

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: 6080

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: 3515

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: 1221

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...