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by tony h
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Clients and Customers
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: Clients and Customers

After all client and customer have little to distinguish between them. Although your post is about Client States, I just want to say that there's a big perceptual difference between "client" and "customer". I don't think the terms are interchangeable for a lot of people. I work for lawyers, and the...
by tony h
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Clients and Customers
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: Clients and Customers

I believe the first definitions in the OED do not necessarily represent the main current meaning, but the earliest meaning (which may now be obsolete). You are quite right which is why the quotes are listed as "now historical". My surprise, which exposes my naievity, was the change in the original ...
by tony h
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: What do you call this job position?

I pretty much agree with Shelley that the roles are split in most offices and that the making of tea is no longer a service generally available. Erik's Janitor and Caretaker are much more about the looking after the premises with cleaning as a part of that. In the old days, as my children refer to t...
by tony h
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: J S Bach
Replies: 11
Views: 965

Re: J S Bach

This post is not to be relied upon :) I have also heard it pronounced Batch. You ask which is the correct English pronunciation and then proceeded to give phonic equivalents that exist in Welsh and Scottish but, not obviously, in English. The loch pronunciation is, as far as I am aware, some way off...
by tony h
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Another Random Observation
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: Another Random Observation

Interesting.
by tony h
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Scrumping
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: Scrumping

Like traditional geuze beers the fermentation wasn't very predictable . . . . . . as in, for example, the betelgeuze variety, made from crushed insects. Well done. Just for clarification. Geuze beers are supposed to be made in open fermentation bins taking the yeast from skins and air-born division...
by tony h
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Clients and Customers
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Clients and Customers

I found myself puzzling over the use of Client in Client State. After all client and customer have little to distinguish between them. So looking up client, the first definition in the OED is: a. A person under the patronage or protection of another; a dependant; (sometimes) spec. a feudal vassal or...
by tony h
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Eggs

Stevenloan wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:19 am
trolley : Thanks a lot for your answer. Do you eat balut from an egg cup? tony h : Thanks so much for the new word "pocillovist". It's great to learn new and interesting English words. Are you a pocillovist?
by tony h
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Scrumping
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: Scrumping

Ah, scrumpy! That brings back memories. The real stuff, not the stuff you can pick up in any supermarket. From my knowledge I am not sure how a commercial manufacturer can produce scrumpy. When I was a kid all the dregs of apples, in all states of decay and little washing, went into the scrumpy bin...
by tony h
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 857

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

We promised them that we would not forget. Thank you for posting that. We lost a lot of family in France. Here we do our best to remember them from England and from her allies and colonies who came to her aid. It made me look up the death tolls and I was surprised that WW1 actually comes lower down...
by tony h
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Eggs

… and if you wish to collect them then you may call yourself a pocillovist. Practicing pocillovy is a recent coinage which has not yet made it to the OED but is used fondly by the fraternity (I am told).
by tony h
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Words coined by Thomas Hardy
Replies: 4
Views: 662

Re: Words coined by Thomas Hardy

My research also show that Thomas Hardy appears 464th in the list of "First Evidence for Word". o someone is bound to ask: "Who tops the list?" SPOLIER ALERT! 1969 contributions by Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1665–) 1955 contributions by Geoffrey Chaucer 1873 contribut...
by tony h
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Words coined by Thomas Hardy
Replies: 4
Views: 662

Re: Words coined by Thomas Hardy

The OED, to add to your frustration, does identify 78 words for which he has the first recorded usage but also 300 words for which he has the first recorded meaning. I am not sure whether the 300 double-counts the 78. You may have access to the OED through library or Acadmeic links. Amongst the 78 a...
by tony h
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Endorsement
Replies: 11
Views: 1324

Re: Endorsement

. . . we do hear "off of" this side of The Pond, but it is severely frowned upon. There is a negative connotation to making a living "off of" something, as opposed to living by one's honest efforts (toiling, teaching, writing, throwing a ball, whatever). To live "off of" something means to be a par...
by tony h
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wool hat
Replies: 6
Views: 821

Re: Wool hat

In general it might come out like this: "Have you seen my knitted, pink pompom hat with the ear muffs?" "Is it the one with the pompom chin ties?" How much of the description you use depends on either how much information is required to uniquely identify it ("my woolly hat" might do) or , say for a ...