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by tony h
Mon May 15, 2006 8:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: horse hands
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

horse hands

Talked to our local historian and a brief trawl through the stable records did not show up the use of any abbreviations. Although "of 15 hands" was a far more common construct than "of 15 hands high"

Cheers
by tony h
Fri May 12, 2006 1:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: is it a word
Replies: 7
Views: 2198

is it a word

PS. I missed the opportunity to say "it" is actually a word - tee hee!
PPS. To avoid the wrath of GOMs like me try and use the shift key you will get a capital result
by tony h
Fri May 12, 2006 1:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: is it a word
Replies: 7
Views: 2198

is it a word

I assume you mean "dictatorial", or were you asking is "dictorial" a word as well
by tony h
Fri May 12, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: horse hands
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

horse hands

Being at home yesterday I checked in my 1948 Chambers dictionary - always one of my favourites. It has a number of interesting sections including "words from froeign languages that are in common use in English" I will make a seperate post on that subject, and abbreviations - several pages of them. p...
by tony h
Thu May 11, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: what happend to the aboriginals
Replies: 15
Views: 3438

what happend to the aboriginals

Just thought I ought to add this comment of clarification for the British. It is odd isn't it that in Great Britain (not to be confused with The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) we have two countries and principality. One of the countries has two languages of its own and a parli...
by tony h
Thu May 11, 2006 1:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: what happend to the aboriginals
Replies: 15
Views: 3438

what happend to the aboriginals

Well you don't see many aboriginals in England any more either. All subsumed by French, Danish, Vikings. You may note that I dislike the acquisition of "aboriginal" to refer solely to Australian aboriginals. I also find the theft of the word "gay" such a good word, with no real equivalent to be a si...
by tony h
Wed May 10, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: horse hands
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

horse hands

Sloppy reading by me. If I was to look for hh in its non-vertical form, as James comments, or in its singular form of h I guess that household records would be the place. I will try and have a word with our local family's historian. Since they have been in the village since about 750 there maybe som...
by tony h
Wed May 10, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: how many of you have read the da vinci code
Replies: 53
Views: 8547

how many of you have read the da vinci code

jolly good fun. Just don't mistake it for anything other than a novel
by tony h
Wed May 10, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: call it a day
Replies: 3
Views: 2679

call it a day

I use it to mean "that's it I am not doing any more (work) today". ie you have finished for the day.
by tony h
Wed May 10, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: horse hands
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

horse hands

An interesting article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_weights_and_measures . It puts hands into contect with Thumbs, palms, and cubits and realtes them to the English Inch. My father used to ask "one or two fingers of whiskey?" My Grandfather I have heard use "it is short by a thumb"...
by tony h
Wed May 10, 2006 9:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: horse hands
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

horse hands

Dear Ken, have I missed something. You suggest that "a hand" was not used as a measure but your quote of 1561 "four fingers a hande" allows for the possibility. Surely we always see "hands" because horses, for which this unit of measure seems to be the only use, very rarely come in at a "hand" or le...
by tony h
Tue May 09, 2006 11:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: horse hands
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

horse hands

The doubling is also used in sign-language as a plural eg car car is cars. And as we are no longer allowed to sell things in Imperial measurements - what a failing to the eductaion of our children (and I mean that seriously) - there is now a sub-culture of measures such as a metric-pound and a metri...
by tony h
Tue May 09, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: "in the name of"
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

"in the name of"

Jil, in my view if I was to say to you "in the name of God/the king/your ancestors" I would be saying "do not answer this queation lightly as two ordinary people but answer to me as you would answer your god/king/ancestors". Hence its use at desperate times "help me for the love of God", or in repre...
by tony h
Tue May 09, 2006 11:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bloody vs sodding
Replies: 31
Views: 5041

bloody vs sodding

an observation from the weekend. if the buttered toast is then marmaleded (!?) it attracts a cat falling feet first from the tree above. Once the cats paws penetrate the thin marmalade layer and are in direct contact with the buttered toast the two items are repelled rapidly and explosively. The sho...
by tony h
Fri May 05, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bloody vs sodding
Replies: 31
Views: 5041

bloody vs sodding

Not quite sure why but I think I would use bloody idiot when describing a person after an idiotic action whereas I would use sodding idiot if it was the nature of the person that made them an idiot. For example an excellent footballer missing an easy goal would be a bloody idiot, but someone who bel...