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by tony h
Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:24 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: from Grandma's diary
Replies: 14
Views: 2314

from Grandma's diary

When I was at infants' school the headteacher was called "Mrs Whiteleg". I used to wonder what colour the other one was.
by tony h
Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:16 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: lothario
Replies: 12
Views: 1737

lothario

Ken, I have a similar regard for the pristine quality of a book and it is always in fear of some great damnation that I make the first cut. A few years ago I learnt that you can quite often come across individual pages of Newtons Mathmatica Principia because owners would take only a page or few to r...
by tony h
Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:32 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Visual metaphor
Replies: 35
Views: 7469

Visual metaphor

Che,
Certainly some Islamic sects have had no problem with images of people even of Mohammed (pbh).
by tony h
Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Of mice and mouses
Replies: 15
Views: 3061

Of mice and mouses

heelps if I caen tipe forum code propperlly
by tony h
Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Of mice and mouses
Replies: 15
Views: 3061

Of mice and mouses

[quoute]MOUSE: plural - MICE or MOUSES Computer Science. A hand-held, button-activated input device that when rolled along a flat surface directs an indicator to move correspondingly about a computer screen, allowing the operator to move the indicator freely, as to select operations or manipulate te...
by tony h
Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: lothario
Replies: 12
Views: 1737

lothario

Ken, Lothario is certainly a description that is used here. I once had it applied to me in a phrase I have never really disentangled "he has with the ladies all the reputation of a lothario with none of the practice" As for your large books. I deplore the current trend in publishing to make a book a...
by tony h
Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: breezeblock
Replies: 4
Views: 1715

breezeblock

Breeze blocks have a number of advantages over traditional brick (or stone) used for houses in the UK. Lighter and cheaper they cost less to transport, ledd manpower is needed to move them around the site and the brickies can handle a larger size. The finish is, however, much less attractive than th...
by tony h
Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Visual metaphor
Replies: 35
Views: 7469

Visual metaphor

James, was it "black and white" the Indians could not see or the image on the photograph. ie would they have been able to "see" a colour image.
by tony h
Sun Jul 09, 2006 6:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: galleting
Replies: 9
Views: 2445

galleting

I would guess (emphasise the guess) that it is Norman French. You only get "modern" stone buildings in England after the arrival of William the Bastard in 1066. In either form Galleting or Galloting I would tend to think there must have ben a French craftsman who came up with (or introduced ) the te...
by tony h
Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: galleting
Replies: 9
Views: 2445

galleting

"any examples" do you mean: of the use of the word or of the use of the technique?

http://www.trp.dundee.ac.uk/research/gl ... ypics.html
by tony h
Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Travel time
Replies: 13
Views: 2639

Travel time

Quoted from the Week. Air Tours published some sample "complaints" thay had received. One, from a couple from the UK complained that they would never fly with Air Tours again because "it took us 9 hours to fly to Barbados with Air Tours but some Americans they met there said they got to Barbados in ...
by tony h
Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Wild West
Replies: 8
Views: 2128

The Wild West

Now that's the great thing with research. I had assumed Wild was "untamed" ie beyond lawless but lacking in the framework of civilisation; or maybe just wilderness. The woolly I would have thought came from the meaning "fuzzy" "unclear" or "imprecise"
by tony h
Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Correct Intro
Replies: 20
Views: 3248

Correct Intro

On topic, just for the hell of it. In the circumstances of a late replacement speaker: And now a man who needs no introduction ; Professor Cavendish.
by tony h
Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: To box the compass
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

To box the compass

The trouble with these things is that you can't really deny you said it. No matter how much you wish you had waited until you have had at least five hours sleep.

:)
by tony h
Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: To box the compass
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

To box the compass

32nds seem fine you start with 4 point N, E, S, and W spilt those which give you 8 N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW split those which gives you 16 N NNE NE ENE E ESE SE SSE Then (a bit of guess work here) split those to give you 32 which I presume would be : N, NN by NE , N by NE, EN by NE, NE, NE by NE E...