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by tony h
Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 6392

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: 2119

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: 2119

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...
by tony h
Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A pandemic misuse of the prep. "to"
Replies: 17
Views: 4038

A pandemic misuse of the prep. "to"

I am waiting for the question : "[Grand]dad, what were computers?"
by tony h
Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ticketyboo
Replies: 8
Views: 1782

ticketyboo

I like it. Is a cope joint the one used on the internal angle of a picture rail? It is cut first like a mitre and then the angled bit cut around with a saw? I have seen them done but never known what they are called.
by tony h
Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A pandemic misuse of the prep. "to"
Replies: 17
Views: 4038

A pandemic misuse of the prep. "to"

May I welcome you to this forum. If you want to change your post you go to the edit button.
by tony h
Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ticketyboo
Replies: 8
Views: 1782

ticketyboo

I feel obliged togive my take on the correct use of the word. Rather than being okay; it is "everything is as it should be". I was staying with family friends "helping out" in the school holidays as the the wife was recovering from an illness. It was great fun listening to all the old colonial stori...
by tony h
Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 6392

America and American

Who said : of course Columbus wasn't the first to discover the Americas. It is just that the others had the sense to keep quite about it. And the Scots joined England in order that the English would bail them out of bankruptcy after catastrophic failures in Scottish governance. Who else can I insult...
by tony h
Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: doolally tap
Replies: 12
Views: 2643

doolally tap

maybe stir crazy.

DJH interesting to hear your Dad's story.
by tony h
Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ticketyboo
Replies: 8
Views: 1782

ticketyboo

It is funny but just sometimes a word seems to rise up and re-emerge. Today one such did for me. I have recently been suffering with a bout of pneumonia, which I think is relevant, but today I was up and about. One of my neighbours hailed me with: " What ho, Tony. How are you today?" "Ticketyboo", I...
by tony h
Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Meaning of Homebanc
Replies: 9
Views: 1780

Meaning of Homebanc

Is it timeshare?
by tony h
Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:49 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: burning a CD
Replies: 12
Views: 2231

burning a CD

I am sure we used to blast or burn ROMs, PROMs and EPROMs before there were discs involved.
by tony h
Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Can somebody explain the maths?
Replies: 13
Views: 2793

Can somebody explain the maths?

Another one from the news yesterday:

"A man was driven away covered in the back seat of a police car."

You would have thought a blanket or coat would have been easier.
by tony h
Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: PC punctuation
Replies: 4
Views: 1811

PC punctuation

Bob. Great! Had me laughing out loud.