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by Phil White
Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: analogy vs metaphor
Replies: 19
Views: 76430

analogy vs metaphor

John, The fact that this has been posted for 24 hours without a reply suggests that none of us can think of anything really pithy to say to help you. I shall have a stab at it (and add the term "simile" for completeness). An analogy, a metaphor and a simile are all used to draw attention to similari...
by Phil White
Thu Feb 03, 2005 6:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 42278

couples

On the humourous side, I've always been fond of Arthur Daley's "'er indoors", but I shouldn't like to admit that in public.
by Phil White
Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 42278

couples

Despite many people's dislike of the term, "significant other" is actually used. significant other NOUN: 1. A person, such as a spouse or lover, with whom one shares a long-term sexual relationship. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. I personally still f...
by Phil White
Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 16000

mnemonics

The squaw/hippopotamus one is a mnemonic, being a device to assist memory. Many of the others aren't though.
by Phil White
Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 16000

mnemonics

Yes, Russ, it has to be something like that, although I seem to remember that it originally took half a maths lesson in the telling.
by Phil White
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 11802

nondescript

WoZ, we also have Heinz dogs Upover.

I wonder which column this would have belonged in on the old site?
by Phil White
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 16000

mnemonics

Quite so, WoZ; I want the story. It says a lot about the mnemonic that I can't remember half of it, but I can remember my trig and geometry without it.
by Phil White
Mon Jan 31, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 16000

mnemonics

I only remember the punchline (and that perhaps not accurately). If anyone can tell me the story that goes with it, I should be grateful:
"The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides."
by Phil White
Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 11802

nondescript

Any number meek enough as to be unprotestingly divided by two, or even more so by ten must take the biscuit. 20 has my vote, as the remainder after division in either case is also a bland and meek number. Numbers should have the strength of character to resist division, and hence rule, by other part...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 30, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 11802

nondescript

Dale, how are we supposed to tell the difference between this brand of silly question and... Okay, forget it.

The hit single "nineteen" from about 20 years ago was a pretty nondescript number.
by Phil White
Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: reversing quotes
Replies: 11
Views: 8987

reversing quotes

Dale, use Ctrl+' and then " for an opening quote and Ctrl+` (grave accent) and then " for a closing quote. Not pretty, but it works (at least on a German keyboard). Alternatively, Insert -> Symbol and scroll down to the one you want (they are at Hex 201C and 201D). It tells you the keyboard shortcut...
by Phil White
Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Field of view/vision
Replies: 6
Views: 4902

Field of view/vision

Thanks for your help, both of you. I'm actually trying to solve a translation problem relating to a machine vision system, where the objects being analyzed are or are not located in the field of view/vision. The German term appears to be the same for both meanings you both suggest above. In context,...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 28, 2005 1:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Field of view/vision
Replies: 6
Views: 4902

Field of view/vision

Hmmmm! Looking at several hundred websites on optics, I came to a different conclusion, namely that the "field of view" is defined in terms of an angle, and the field of vision is what you describe above: "the lateral distance which can be observed at a given distance from the optical instrument". T...
by Phil White
Thu Jan 27, 2005 6:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 20195

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

I hate to make this thread bubble to the top again, but there is a concise article on the use of corpuses (corpora), and particularly the use of Google and the Web as a corpus under http://www.economist.com/printedition/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=3576374 It is under strict copyright, so I shall not q...
by Phil White
Thu Jan 27, 2005 1:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: patteran / patrin
Replies: 4
Views: 3415

patteran / patrin

Borrow, in his short glossary in The Romany Rye, gives it as "Leaf of a tree, Gypsy trail".