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by tony h
Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: big numbers revisited
Replies: 15
Views: 3990

big numbers revisited

Bazillion, immensity

You might find the following of use
fictitious:
http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/In ... ge_numbers

non-fictituios:
http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Na ... ge_numbers
by tony h
Thu Feb 08, 2007 11:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: big numbers revisited
Replies: 15
Views: 3990

big numbers revisited

just found the pliers:

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by tony h
Thu Feb 08, 2007 11:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Words that have changed their meaning
Replies: 15
Views: 12038

Words that have changed their meaning

A computer used to be a person who performed calculations.

You may find that "cool" hasn't changed as much as you might think.
by tony h
Thu Feb 08, 2007 11:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Words no longer in existence
Replies: 8
Views: 1717

Words no longer in existence

some favourites of mine:
wayleave - to give permission to cross land
reast - becoming rancid - particularly pork
snod - tidy or neat
neat - cattle
by tony h
Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ironic and ironical
Replies: 10
Views: 2352

Ironic and ironical

Do you find your speech tends to reflect that of a book you are reading at the time?
by tony h
Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ironic and ironical
Replies: 10
Views: 2352

Ironic and ironical

I would tend to use ironic in relation to a specific thing, and ironical in relation to a collection or general case. His remark was ironic. He makes ironical remarks. His replies to the chairman were intended to be ironic. He often makes ironical remarks. But the al also tends to reduce the rigour ...
by tony h
Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how to describe activity such as swans legs
Replies: 12
Views: 2115

how to describe activity such as swans legs

Thank you all for the consideration you have given this but nothing is quite hitting home. I have some thought that "iceberg principle/effect" might work, It does have the: you can only see a little bit of it. But it fails to deliver on the allusion to toil. I started thinking along the lines of : a...
by tony h
Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: big numbers revisited
Replies: 15
Views: 3990

big numbers revisited

Well there are symbols for large numbers: K for thousand, M for million, and 8 (lying down) for infinity. I am sure you could google a complete set. Or you could coin a new one. If you do make it something interesting not just a resuse of some greek character. Although the alpha-omega to mean everyt...
by tony h
Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Take a meeting?
Replies: 10
Views: 6906

Take a meeting?

Just a point of view. In England we would normally use take ( as in: take a decision, take a phone call etc) to mean interrupting the activity deliberately to perform some other activity. Take a decision has a connotation of needing to be done without out allowing a full process. If a full process w...
by tony h
Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 6375

America and American

refers to US citizens or UK citizens
Is than an exclusive or an inclusive "or"?
by tony h
Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how to describe activity such as swans legs
Replies: 12
Views: 2115

how to describe activity such as swans legs

Very good!
by tony h
Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hid his light under a bushel
Replies: 15
Views: 4260

hid his light under a bushel

Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Mark 4:21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? Luke 11:33 No man, when...
by tony h
Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 6375

America and American

Surely this is not a problem unique to the Americans. After all I am English, From the United Kingdom (of ...) which makes me British. Maybe it is just a clever ruse to confuse foreigners and so get out of trouble. "I am looking for someone from the US" "Sorry. I am from America" Don't think it woul...
by tony h
Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how to describe activity such as swans legs
Replies: 12
Views: 2115

how to describe activity such as swans legs

Ok Erik. How so?
by tony h
Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how to describe activity such as swans legs
Replies: 12
Views: 2115

how to describe activity such as swans legs

I am looking for a word of phrase to describe that enormous effort that goes on behind the scenes and which is not obvious to the recipient of the final answer. It brings to mind the illustration of a swan gliding serenly while its legs go at a frantic pace to get it where it needs to be. In this ca...