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by tony h
Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: double history
Replies: 13
Views: 1601

double history

We used to have double lessons for most languages : double Latin, Double French but most ended up as double Dutch.
by tony h
Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: net vs nett
Replies: 10
Views: 4131

net vs nett

well that clears that up!
by tony h
Thu Aug 31, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: net vs nett
Replies: 10
Views: 4131

net vs nett

I was aware of an impassioned discussion which was about whether you should wrire "net of tax" or "nett of tax"
by tony h
Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: certainty and uncertainty
Replies: 34
Views: 6408

certainty and uncertainty

In general agricultural terms fruit requires a flower to start. Therfore apples berries, pears etc are fruit. Carrots potatoes and manglewurzel are vegetables. The problem for the French was that the have a rather special Carrot Jam and jam (according to an existing EU regulation) must be made from ...
by tony h
Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: certainty and uncertainty
Replies: 34
Views: 6408

certainty and uncertainty

Spiritus,

an interesting point but the story was based in France in the seventies and France is a country which campaigned to have the EU define a carrot as a fruit not a vegetable. But yes, clearly fiction.
by tony h
Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rember
Replies: 3
Views: 968

rember

Perp is new to me. Rad would mean a radiator or to fit a new radiator. eg these rads are shot through the best thing to do is re-rad the whole place. but flu, which I was taught to write 'flu' short for influenza comes in close to the top of my favourites. Top I think is a culinery expressinon: marg...
by tony h
Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scalawag [scallywag / scallawag -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 7
Views: 2660

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: 1207

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: 2660

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: 2149

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: 6408

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: 4918

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: 1538

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: 6408

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: 4219

blinkered

Erik,
were the hiring policies discriminatory or simply blinkered?