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by incarnatus est
Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: put lipstick on a pig
Replies: 20
Views: 21170

Re:lipstick on pig-reference to Alan & Tom Jones

Being interested in all things Harpo, I checked to see Tom Jones' father's name. Tom jones given name is Thomas John Woodward. His father was not the singer Alan Jones, referred to as the singer of Donkey Serenade. That was Allan Jones. His son was the pop singer Jack Jones. That said, Allan Jones d...
by incarnatus est
Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: keep on keeping on
Replies: 5
Views: 25641

keep on keeping on

I'd like to know the origin(s) of this phrase. I know it was popularized by the singer Curtis Mayfield in the 1970s, but did he coin the phrase?

And is it keepin' or keeping?

Thanks, Hugh Gilmore
by incarnatus est
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: "Naysayed" acceptable substitution for "naysaid"?
Replies: 7
Views: 6113

"Naysayed" acceptable substitution for "naysaid"?

For a newspaper column I write, I wanted to write this: "As I did with every trend that has steamrollered me after I naysayed it, ..." But lost my nerve and wrote: "As I did with every trend that has steamrollered me after I naysaid it , ..." Could I have kept "naysayed"? I liked its comical sound. ...
by incarnatus est
Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: jump the shark
Replies: 26
Views: 7668

Re: jump the shark & Youtube & Tipping point

At Zyrgle's suggestion, I went to Youtube and viewed the episode again. The episode itself is not conclusive on the question of "tipping point." After that, I went to this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QiOJKptsz0&feature=related Leonard Maltin says to Henry Winkler that TPS now means "a show...
by incarnatus est
Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: doofus
Replies: 8
Views: 5226

Re: doofus

Gentlemen: I thank the members of the jury for sharing their knowledge and offering their advice. As it turned out, the word "doofus" was used in her article as the fictive name for a junior-high vice-principal in a thinly disguised memoir of teaching days. "Mister Doofus came over to the class and ...
by incarnatus est
Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: jump the shark
Replies: 26
Views: 7668

Re: jump the shark

Hello WOZ & Trolley Just a slight variation on what I've read about "JTS." I felt it meant not just the moment where one could say the decline had begun, but also that the decline began at that moment BECAUSE the show (etc), (in a desperate bid to gain new viewers) resorted to an extremely ridiculou...
by incarnatus est
Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: doofus
Replies: 8
Views: 5226

doofus

Hello. Please help settle a family editing disagreement. I think the word "doofuss" is a crass slang word. My better half/little woman thinks it's a word that has been around for a while and would not be offensive in a weekly local newspaper article she is writing and asked me to review. I don't rec...
by incarnatus est
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: firebooters [sic] - freebooters
Replies: 3
Views: 1535

firebooters [sic] - freebooters

Definition?

I imagine this means "freebooters," but wonder. I encountered it in a book by Justin Kaplan: When The Astors Owned New York (2006), p. 136 " ... American capitalists and firebooters... ."
by incarnatus est
Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Stingy Jimmy
Replies: 4
Views: 2017

Stingy Jimmy

incarnatus...check this out: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/mcclung/danny/danny.html Thanks. Fascinating. I went to the site. Read until I found the rhyme about "rattlesnake/jelly cake/stomach ache." That was terrific. Could be this was the source. I went to addall.com and found a used copy...
by incarnatus est
Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Stingy Jimmy
Replies: 4
Views: 2017

Stingy Jimmy

Thanks very much. I had come across this "Stingy Jimmy" too, but he's too recent.
thanks again, though.
Hugh Gilmore


Try Googling

stingy jimmy wyatt


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by incarnatus est
Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Stingy Jimmy
Replies: 4
Views: 2017

Stingy Jimmy

I wonder if anyone has heard of/knows the source of a story about "Stingy Jimmy." It is a moral tale or fable. Told to me by my grandmother in 1946 when I was six. We are of Irish descent and live in Philadelphia. The essence of it is "Stingy Jimmy" stole? acquired? a jar of jelly and didn't share i...
by incarnatus est
Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: railroad handcar
Replies: 8
Views: 2861

railroad handcar

That's the question. The car that has pump handles and is propelled by pumping.
by incarnatus est
Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Take him up to Mabel's room...
Replies: 6
Views: 1780

Take him up to Mabel's room...

Erik & Ken:
This is fabulous stuff you guys have come up with! Fantastic. A very exciting display of the fun of the internet and the joys of this website. Thank you so much.
Hugh
by incarnatus est
Sat Jan 20, 2007 2:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Take him up to Mabel's room...
Replies: 6
Views: 1780

Take him up to Mabel's room...

In new bio of Babe Ruth, Kennesaw Mountain Landis, prior to being baseball commisioner, was an official who had to enforce the Volstead Act. When punishing malefactors he is said to have used the expression "Take him up to Mabel's room," meaning "punish this guy," I suppose. Anyone heard this one be...
by incarnatus est
Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: q.t.
Replies: 7
Views: 1775

q.t.

I'm reading John Dunning's "The Bookwoman's Last Fling" and a character says "on the q.t." My everyday dictionary spells it "q.t." not QT. I know what it means, and I know it's usually said to be an abbreviation for the word "quiet." BUT: Can you Wordwizards cite for me other single words that are a...