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by tony h
Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:02 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by a Lawyer
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by a Lawyer

One I like : A lawyer and his friend Jim were at the store when a gunman rushed in brandishing a gun. Thhe guman proceeded to line up the customers and take their wtaches and wallets. Seeing what was happening the lawyer takes some notes out of his wallet and hands them to Jim : "that the £200 I bor...
by tony h
Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: doorstopper
Replies: 15
Views: 2788

doorstopper

Cheryl, we also have the round ones that are fixed to the floor to stop the door from hitting furniture. Bob, /quote they probably come under the heading of something you only see when you need them /unquote This reminds me of a recent incident. I have at home an old parrafin stove which I use in th...
by tony h
Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: smoke and a pancake
Replies: 10
Views: 13250

smoke and a pancake

Cheers Shelley, I missed the Dutch recreational references completely.
by tony h
Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the last thing on my mind
Replies: 1
Views: 1262

the last thing on my mind

I noticed whilst reading Wilkie Collins's Woman in White a change in meaning of a form of words. He regularly uses "that was the last thing she would do" or "it was the last thing he would think". In modern use this is meant as "there was nothing further from her mind/action". But Collins uses it as...
by tony h
Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: smoke and a pancake
Replies: 10
Views: 13250

smoke and a pancake

As far as it's meaning is concerned I don't think it has one. It reminds me of the old Goons sketches in which the questions was, " would you like a picture of Queen Victoria?" And the reply, "just the one as I am trying to give them up!"
by tony h
Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: algorithm revisited again
Replies: 10
Views: 1980

algorithm revisited again

I would say that an algorithm is specific and detailed. It is also rare for someone to describe a subroutine as an algorithm but more that a subroutine is an implementation of an algorithm. Although there is (in my experience) an exception when writing programes in "scientific" or engineering applic...
by tony h
Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: algorithm revisited again
Replies: 10
Views: 1980

algorithm revisited again

It is a necessarily grey area but I will give my twopennith on this. With "programs" ( or "programmes" as I was first inclined to call them) there are various elements such as (and this list is only illustrative) : fairly standard code to start up and end the program, some other bits of basic "plumb...
by tony h
Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:57 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: "London", by Edward Rutherfurd
Replies: 1
Views: 2474

"London", by Edward Rutherfurd

Shelley I do agree with you on this one. My wife gave the book to me, after she had read it, and I devoured it during the course of a week. Another excellent book, though without the fictional narrative, is Norman Davies’s Europe. PS I have the photo’s of John Goldsmiths grave, if you send me an ema...
by tony h
Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: pen to paper
Replies: 6
Views: 1878

pen to paper

my son suggested input device and electronic storage medium.
but also observed that none of these have the permanance of pen and paper.
by tony h
Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:50 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: After Babel, by George Steiner
Replies: 3
Views: 3620

After Babel, by George Steiner

Has anyone read After Babel by George Steiner. It has sat on my bookshelves since the early 80's but has never quite managed to get to the top of my current reading list. Should it?
by tony h
Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: pen to paper
Replies: 6
Views: 1878

pen to paper

with "pen and paper" now being replaced by "computer and something" is there any equivalent phrase for the current technology
by tony h
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: plane flight hours
Replies: 15
Views: 2864

plane flight hours

flying hours
by tony h
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kangaroo court
Replies: 24
Views: 6211

kangaroo court

Erik, 1. thanks for your correction to the understanding that I was given and especially for the links. 2. and (to be taken in the greatest good humor) I do not agree that a "cabbage court" or "porridge-bowl court" would be an equally valid description as to my certain knowledge neither a porridge b...
by tony h
Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kangaroo court
Replies: 24
Views: 6211

kangaroo court

I'm with WoZ on this one despite the evidence. It seems far more likely to be a description for an ochlocratic "process" where the witnessess and jurors made no more valuable contribution than if they had been kangaroos. It also led me to wonder what other languages used for the the term: a look in ...
by tony h
Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: do/make
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

do/make

Where do all your questions come from?