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by tony h
Tue May 09, 2006 11:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bloody vs sodding
Replies: 31
Views: 5046

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: 5046

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...
by tony h
Fri May 05, 2006 6:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: downtown
Replies: 8
Views: 1249

downtown

now back in Blighty and the brain functioning more normally I am glad to find that it is not straightforward. A couple of addenda: 1. my paternal grandfather was a railway train driver and for him the up-line was the route that took you to London (from wherever in the country) and the down-line away...
by tony h
Wed May 03, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: downtown
Replies: 8
Views: 1249

downtown

I have spent the last couple of days in a place the airline assures me is Marina del Rey Los Angeles. It is cerainly not what I expected grey and wet. There is a wod they use overhere "downtown" which clearly seems to refer to some part of a city but it seems unclear what part. In any one city there...
by tony h
Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Off-topic addendum to OED thread
Replies: 20
Views: 4957

Off-topic addendum to OED thread

Is it me or does "A newspaper umbrella organisation" not seem right? Surely this is an organisation of manufacturers of umbrellas made of newspaper or an organisation of umbrellas for newspapers. So what phrasing makes it clear? A newspapers umbrella organisation A newspapers' umbrella organisation ...
by tony h
Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:17 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hey Prescott
Replies: 9
Views: 1519

Hey Prescott

and is presumably a play on Hey Presto the well used magicians exclamation.
by tony h
Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: team: singular vs. plural
Replies: 7
Views: 2756

team: singular vs. plural

Our team of experienced professionals: Knows and believes in Jesus with our whole heart The problem for me with the phrase is that it seems to suggest that between the team they can only muster one whole heart. I would go for : Our team of experienced professionals knows and believes in Jesus with t...
by tony h
Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:51 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Thank you WoZ and Australia
Replies: 53
Views: 9452

Thank you WoZ and Australia

The issue is best summed up in the Song by Flanders and Swan This verse comments on the non-English approach to sport: And all the world over each nation's the same They've simply no notion of playing the game They argue with umpires, they cheer when they've won And they practice before hand which s...
by tony h
Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ending Memos
Replies: 7
Views: 2814

Ending Memos

I still have the first letter from when I opened a bank account. This used the phrase "your kind and obedient servant" It is clear that for a bank to use such a phrase now would open them up to legal action. In emails and memos now I ask my team to err on the side of formality because it tends to be...
by tony h
Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ending Memos
Replies: 7
Views: 2814

Ending Memos

Erik, you are quite right to bifurcate the topic into: 1. advising a recipient of what they are to do with an email and putting that at the top 2. Khalid's original question which I suspect is how should you sign off a memo. Particularly, and I don't know whether this is the case in UAE, where the p...
by tony h
Sun Apr 23, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Posters Inc
Replies: 16
Views: 4515

Posters Inc

I deplore the use of lightbulbs as an American invention and part of their great plan to cover the world in artificial light.

:)
by tony h
Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: public convenience
Replies: 75
Views: 14004

public convenience

In Sunderland we have Netty, my old uncle used to call them Jakes. And is there any connection between the half moon on the privy door and the act of mooning?
by tony h
Thu Apr 20, 2006 10:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 6666

open access to OED one week only

Erik, I am being rather more conciliatory today. Your point seems to be that if Germany was the market the OED’s website was aiming at the site would be in German - albeit selling an English Dictionary. The fact that the OED’s principal market is the USA it should be in US English. The point I am st...
by tony h
Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 6666

open access to OED one week only

Shelley, of course the E prefix is not new it is just used differently. It used to be e-lad or e-by-gum which was used as audible thinking time by dour Yorkshiremen. I used to ask my grandfather a question like "what sort of cheese is the moon made out of?" He would answer "e-lad, that would be your...
by tony h
Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 6666

open access to OED one week only

With no response from the OED I decided to write to the Telegraph. So we may see a continuation there. I may even buy a copy tomorrow. By the way I noticed that the OED screen header claims "The Oxford English Dictionary : the definitive record of the English language". It does not specifically clai...