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by tony h
Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: twigged
Replies: 7
Views: 1651

twigged

James, certainly in my usage "school-of-hard-knocks" would not be appropriate. It is more cerebral a dawning realisation as a result of (usually serendipitous) observation. A bit of an unexpected light-buld moment. In that you weren't really asking the question, at least not at the point of twigging...
by tony h
Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: THE WORD "IF"
Replies: 17
Views: 2823

THE WORD "IF"

surely it is to expect too much of life to take a speech of President Bush and expect it to be grammatically well formed (or even logically). The same could be said of our Deputy Prime Minister

http://www.innocentenglish.com/funniest-bushisms.html
by tony h
Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: bum drummed
Replies: 5
Views: 2017

bum drummed

How interesting. I had assumed the "drum" came from the same sense as being "drummed out of the army", but presumably is more in keeping with "listening to the jungle drums".
by tony h
Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 26
Views: 3722

cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]

Ken, thanks for providing the clarification. I do feel somewhat remiss for not having provided references in support of my comments and therefore leaving the debate open.

regards,
by tony h
Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: in tall/high cotton - shittin' in tall/high cotton
Replies: 19
Views: 32252

in tall/high cotton - shittin' in tall/high cotton

Surely the most famous use is from Summertime Summertime and the livin' is easy Fish are jumpin', and the cotton is high Your Daddy's rich and your Mama is good lookin' So, hush, little baby don't you cry I also think there is an agricultural benefit to the crop being tall. I'll see what I can find ...
by tony h
Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 26
Views: 3722

cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]

Ed, maybe you should consider a change of career to taxi driver, just another set of ill-informed drivel. A Quartile is not an area it is the value at a point one quarter of the way through the series. The data between say the 1st quartile and second quartile is the inter-quartile range. Therefore, ...
by tony h
Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: white rabbits
Replies: 13
Views: 2479

white rabbits

Maybe the luck just comes from people stopping to think before they do something. You know - a paws for thought!

Mind you horses have it easier as it is horse-shoes that are lucky. Keep one on you. Then if you are being attacked clonk them with the horseshoe. Much luckier than a rabbit's foot.
by tony h
Wed May 31, 2006 2:50 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Tongue twister
Replies: 6
Views: 2589

Tongue twister

Shelley: is there a male social equivalent of "blond with the most massive breasts"? "Blond" maybe still works; but "most massive ..." ?

regards
by tony h
Wed May 31, 2006 2:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Firm/Business/Company
Replies: 19
Views: 4580

Firm/Business/Company

From Chambers : Firm a business especially one that is unincorporated.
by tony h
Wed May 31, 2006 9:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Firm/Business/Company
Replies: 19
Views: 4580

Firm/Business/Company

Paul, the defintions you give are too simplistic - at least for the UK. Firms tend to be Partnerships with unlimited liability. Certain professions including Law and Accountancy were required by law to be unlimiter partnerships and therefore firms. But Firms do not have to be unlimited, nor are they...
by tony h
Tue May 30, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I do not think I will OR I think I will not
Replies: 28
Views: 4545

I do not think I will OR I think I will not

I can't control the elephants without ma-hoot
by tony h
Tue May 30, 2006 12:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: bum drummed
Replies: 5
Views: 2017

bum drummed

I thought bumdrum was a Romanian word for have a good journey.
by tony h
Tue May 30, 2006 12:08 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: how many of you have read the da vinci code
Replies: 53
Views: 9476

how many of you have read the da vinci code

The question s is why do people allow themselves to think it is true? Is it the writing? Is it to do with the belif in God? Or what? After all you don't get people believing in James Bond, Pooh Bear, Startrek or War of The worlds? Or do you? I do occaisionally avoid the cracks in the pavement (sidew...
by tony h
Tue May 30, 2006 11:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: use/utilize
Replies: 23
Views: 4712

use/utilize

to utilize in vain : futilize
by tony h
Tue May 30, 2006 9:06 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 26
Views: 3722

cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]

I can't really see the problem with quartile zone if you accept the use of quartile. Surely it is the same as penalty spot and penalty area. Just the zone delimited by the quartile line. Were quartiles used, rather than say - a 25 yard line, because pitch sizes were not fixed?

regards