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by Phil White
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Christmas Time
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: Christmas Time

To one and all, enjoy whatever festivities you may be planning and emerge into the new year with health intact and filled with a passion for life!
by Phil White
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dox/doxing
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: dox/doxing

Ken Greenwald wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:30 pm
... was "an old-school revenge tactic that emerged from hacker culture in 1990s.
That hurts. The 1990s? Old-school? That was last week, for god's sake!

I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
by Phil White
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother
Replies: 5
Views: 458

Re: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother

No. I don't think it is an aspect of the German at all. It doesn't appear in the fairy tale as related by Grimm, and the only way you hear it nowadays is in the reinforcing sense. That's my experience, at least.
by Phil White
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Dibble
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: The Dibble

I was entirely unaware that there were so many deprived folks out there!

Off to pick up my guitar and finally learn how to play "Sweet Home Alabama" properly...
by Phil White
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Dibble
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: The Dibble

Your deprived childhood explains much... Maybe it was just because I loved it, but I have the impression that Top Cat was watched by an entire generation of kids. Part of the wallpaper of growing up. On reflection, I suppose it was one of the last of the golden age of charming cartoon series that ap...
by Phil White
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Dibble
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: The Dibble

Errr .... ?

Nope. Top Cat and Officer Dibble. No other explanation.

If you can find an example prior to 16 May 1962, which is when Top Cat first screened in the UK, I will change my mind.
by Phil White
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Dibble
Replies: 7
Views: 336

The Dibble

In November, a news story started doing the rounds in the UK, not because it was particularly newsworthy, but because of what the police tweeted. In essence, a driver was vastly exceeding the speed limit and a police car was chasing him. End of story. But everyone picked up on the tweet from the Gre...
by Phil White
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother
Replies: 5
Views: 458

Re: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother

I believe that the "Devil's Grandmother" gained wider popularity in Germany after the appearance of the fairy tale "Der Teufel und seine Großmutter" in the collection by the Brothers Grimm. There is a translation here . Oddly, the grandmother is not an evil figure in the fairy tale, far from it. The...
by Phil White
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The bones of his ass
Replies: 4
Views: 370

Re: The bones of his ass

I would have no problem with the "emaciated" explanation.

I had never heard the expression before, but it reminds me of the rather old-fashioned "on his uppers".
by Phil White
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Why English is so hard to learn
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Why English is so hard to learn

As a gross generalization, English tends to have more of these inconsistencies than many other languages. There are several reasons, including: English is a hybrid language, taking much of its grammatical structure and many everyday words from Germanic sources, but most of its vocabulary from Romanc...
by Phil White
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 21
Views: 2387

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

On the Home page there is a black title bar. On the right hand side it says : Howdy, tony h followed by my avatar. Ah, there! You can only see that bar if you are logged in. You can make it disappear by running the mouse over your name, choosing Edit My Profile and unchecking the option "Show Toolb...
by Phil White
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 21
Views: 2387

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

tony h wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:20 pm
But why does it say "Howdy"?
Where on earth does it say that?
by Phil White
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than are in your library
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: more books than are in your library

It is possible to imagine a scenario in which a sentence structured in that way could mean one of the possible things it was intended to mean by the person who constructed it in the first place. That still doesn't mean that any native speaker would actually construct that particular sentence. Two di...
by Phil White
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his big blue motorcycle
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: his big blue motorcycle

In none of the cases is it entirely clear. Erik is correct to say "strongly suggests", but it is no more than that. In speech, the intonation of "small" could possibly give a clue. Heavily stressing the word "small" in 3) would suggest that my bike was also blue, but again, only suggest.
by Phil White
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than are in your library
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: more books than are in your library

Quite frankly, I would find it pretty impossible to make any sense of the sentence as it stands. I cannot really imagine a native speaker coming up with something like that.