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by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 2072

Paradise

Thanks for that. It sounds pretty familiar (!) only in my experience it seems to be parties that knock out the teenagers so that they wake up not knowing where they are. The "fallen woemen" are mainly historical. When the house was a laundry it was staffed by fallen woemen who were housed on the pre...
by tony h
Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 2072

Paradise

Shelley, I am struggling with the meaning in the reference "old man of the mountains".

We specialize in harbouring fallen women.
by tony h
Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:59 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: dag's dictionary
Replies: 28
Views: 5990

dag's dictionary

[quote[Yankcent is the bad American accent put on by Aussies when they wish to portray somebody as loud and crass, whatever their actual nationality[/quote] Is there a word for the bad accent put on by American actors who are included in the film only to get support from the American film industry? ...
by tony h
Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 2072

Paradise

It comes from the Arabic for Walled Garden. I have a note on the door to my walled garden which says "welcome to paradise"
by tony h
Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 'take off'
Replies: 13
Views: 1951

'take off'

Just for the sake of clarity: I am not including Deadalus.
by tony h
Thu Oct 26, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 'take off'
Replies: 13
Views: 1951

'take off'

A poor trawl failed to find anything prior to mechanical flight.
by tony h
Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:57 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Doc Holliday
Replies: 28
Views: 5457

Doc Holliday

Tony, you believed a used-car salesman?
of course
by tony h
Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Doc Holliday
Replies: 28
Views: 5457

Doc Holliday

I remember a used car salesman telling me he had been a dentist until they tightened up on the regulations.

And isn't it the case that butchers were (are?) allowed to do surgery - which is also why surgeons are called Mister rather than Doctor?
by tony h
Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bring somebody to his milk
Replies: 11
Views: 1944

bring somebody to his milk

he will come to recognise that his future is better with [the proposal]. An allusion to suckling.
by tony h
Tue Oct 10, 2006 9:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: living room
Replies: 13
Views: 2203

living room

In my home the parlour was the room where business was done with tradespeople and workers. The (with)drawing room was the province of the ladies of the house. Only once in fifteen years was I invited into my Grandmother's drawing room. A lounge is a feature of houses from the 60s onwards. The living...
by tony h
Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: OCR
Replies: 23
Views: 5387

OCR

Any progress?
by tony h
Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Claremont
Replies: 10
Views: 1727

Claremont

PS by chance and much to the confusion of everyone our house has on the post code lookup three different but valid names. This has a great advantage as we use the differnt names in different circumstances. One is specifically used with Friends and family. It helps to sort the post.
by tony h
Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Claremont
Replies: 10
Views: 1727

Claremont

Erik is quiet right but in recent years there is the unfortunate "post code lookup" and getting your Grande Castile de Bayonnettes into their list is a tad more difficult. There is one particular houe I have always fancied in a road of less impressive Sunningdales, Rose Cottages and I am sure a Chez...
by tony h
Thu Oct 05, 2006 8:04 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 19
Views: 6669

the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]

Another phrase in this context is "show/shake a leg" which I was taught was used by press gangs. The showing of a leg from a sleeping berth either gave peace to sleeping females on-shore, and the men were press ganged, or turfed them off the boat before it sailed.
by tony h
Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:15 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss
Replies: 22
Views: 9495

Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss

An extra comma would not go amis. From tha BA Science News Digest: describing the contents of the magazine.
Plus, a nationwide shortage of sperm donors and hallucinogenic drugs may offer a new solution for headache sufferers.