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by tony h
Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scalawag [scallywag / scallawag -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 7
Views: 2643

scalawag [scallywag / scallawag -- Forum Admin.]

Agreed Bob, I have not heard it much recently. But it always has a rather heart warming effect when I hear it.
by tony h
Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cred
Replies: 5
Views: 1192

cred

I turned to drink to drown my sorrows but then I learnt to swim alongside.
by tony h
Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scalawag [scallywag / scallawag -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 7
Views: 2643

scalawag [scallywag / scallawag -- Forum Admin.]

A comment on Robert's correspondence. I was brought up in the Surrey which is a polite area south of London so "in the south" and scallywag was often used. Within our social group it was an admiring approbation used by one's elders and betters. It was also applied to the behaviour of slightly naught...
by tony h
Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fitment
Replies: 8
Views: 2119

fitment

This seems to me to be an obvious usage that has been around for most of my life but always in a technical environment. Quotes from the first two pages of a Google. Or have I missed the point? UK Compulsory Fitment Of Digital Tachographs Delayed Until 5th ... Providing human factors input to cab fit...
by tony h
Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: certainty and uncertainty
Replies: 34
Views: 6299

certainty and uncertainty

As an aside. I remember years ago reading a short story about a man who was friends with a famous painter and pursuaded the painter to tattoo the man. As a result he had the most exquisite tattoos over most of his body. When the artist died the artist was declared "an artist of national importance"....
by tony h
Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Languages: Precursor, Indicator and Predictor in Conflicts a
Replies: 21
Views: 4843

Languages: Precursor, Indicator and Predictor in Conflicts a

Phil, of course you are quite correct. It does beg the question of when is a language "in common". One of my most difficult times was when I didn't realise the difference between the American and English usage of "to table". Edwin, I am mortified at the the suggestion. And no, the Firefly Affair doe...
by tony h
Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mouth-breathing
Replies: 11
Views: 1522

mouth-breathing

Ken, your quote
1985 “One wonders . . . if some nervous vice-Presidents at the CBC are not looking over their shoulders at some of the MOUTH-BREATHERS and wall-climbers in the new Conservative caucus.”—‘Macleans’ (Nexis), 17 June, page 56
has led me to wonder what is a "wall climber"?
by tony h
Tue Aug 22, 2006 4:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: certainty and uncertainty
Replies: 34
Views: 6299

certainty and uncertainty

James,
how does your suggestion equate to certainty and uncertainty?
by tony h
Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blinkered
Replies: 33
Views: 4134

blinkered

Erik,
were the hiring policies discriminatory or simply blinkered?
by tony h
Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blinkered
Replies: 33
Views: 4134

blinkered

I would say a good proportion of the UK would understand blinkers in their horsey context and thus figuratively to a mindset. Only in the city might this not be the case. On a more general point, Ken: were you suggesting that newspapers should not use words that the general population does not under...
by tony h
Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Languages: Precursor, Indicator and Predictor in Conflicts a
Replies: 21
Views: 4843

Languages: Precursor, Indicator and Predictor in Conflicts a

my shift key is not working. a common language does not seem to me to be any great harbinger of peace. to name but a few: - scots and english, - americans and english - irish and english - basques and spanish - taiwan and china - orleanist and burgundians - lots of Africa - iraq before any bush inte...
by tony h
Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bunded
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

bunded

I didn't have a problem with bowser. Locally we have fuel or water bowsers which are liquid storage tanks on a trailer so that you can take said liquid to a site. I would never have thought of using bowser for a static installation. Cheers Phil and WoZ for the Bunded answer. I have just realised tha...
by tony h
Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bunded
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

bunded

I saw a label today "bunded fuel bowser".

It seems to indicate a high level of sealing of the tank.
by tony h
Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:29 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: long-lived
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

long-lived

short i without a doubt. I am surprised there is enough dissent to be able to have a discussion.

But rendered in a regional accent it varies
by tony h
Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: death knell
Replies: 18
Views: 7388

death knell

Ken, can you help with an earliest usage for this phrase? Some interesting links on Nails: http://www.glasgowsteelnail.com/nailmaking.htm Other pages under the panel titled History. http://www.bergen.org/AAST/Projects/Engineering_Graphics/_EG2000/NailShark/nail.html http://www.anthro.utah.edu/IMACs/...