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by tony h
Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: algorithm revisited again
Replies: 10
Views: 1996

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: 2529

"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: 1894

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: 3702

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: 1894

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: 2876

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: 6350

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: 6350

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: 1479

do/make

Where do all your questions come from?
by tony h
Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Controller, comptroller, manager
Replies: 17
Views: 3610

Controller, comptroller, manager

It dosen't matter what I would say, he would still write a book about it.
by tony h
Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Controller, comptroller, manager
Replies: 17
Views: 3610

Controller, comptroller, manager

I have always pronounced the mp but with no great emphasis
by tony h
Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Controller, comptroller, manager
Replies: 17
Views: 3610

Controller, comptroller, manager

What are the charastics of difference between thes roles? It seems to me that : - a controller is in charge of the technical operation of whatever. He is directly involved with directing activity, and observing adherence to the required operation. - a comptroller checks that everything is being done...
by tony h
Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: reasonable rant ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2623

reasonable rant ?

Just for the record I wasn't particularly bothered about the delay as, if I had known on arrival at the station there was a delay of 40 minutes, I could have gone to the nearest establishment and enjoyed a glass of liquid refreshment. What bothered me is the failure to announce the extent of the del...
by tony h
Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:53 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: reasonable rant ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2623

reasonable rant ?

Yesterday, was one of those occaisions when my train was delayed by 40 minutes. The irritating interval was punctuated by announcements from the PA system: "passengers are reminded that you are not allowed to cycle, skateboard or rollerblade on the station platforms" and "GNER would like to apologis...
by tony h
Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What's a word that would describe...
Replies: 11
Views: 3918

What's a word that would describe...

give me strength