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by tony h
Tue May 30, 2006 12:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: bum drummed
Replies: 5
Views: 2042

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: 9637

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: 4760

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: 3784

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
by tony h
Tue May 30, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Where did the slang word Pig for police officers?
Replies: 8
Views: 5657

Where did the slang word Pig for police officers?

I am not quite sure how Ken has the gall to describe any "guess" of his as "uneducated" but I will let that pass. I had always assumed, as the original Bow Street runners and even the Bobbies were really only detectives, that pig was applied to policemen for their inclination to wander around in the...
by tony h
Mon May 29, 2006 9:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The origin of the words 'England' and/or 'English'
Replies: 7
Views: 2292

The origin of the words 'England' and/or 'English'

After several attempts by well meaning friends to get me to read Bryson I read Mother Tongue and found many fanciful and incorrects items. I don't have the book to give you chapter and verse on many. One particular point was his assertion that Latin was a normal language of use in Isaac Newtons day....
by tony h
Mon May 29, 2006 7:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: quantum leap
Replies: 46
Views: 8063

quantum leap

Well I for one am disappointed that Che has deleted his posts. I had determined that this thread needed some serious reading and was looking forward to doing that this evening but it has gone.
by tony h
Mon May 29, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 26
Views: 3784

cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]

Where I have heard cortile used it has always been an intimate area not easy to find. As opposed to a quad or a courtyard which is at the front of the house and where everyone arrives.

I suspect this rather specific use is a local quirk
by tony h
Mon May 29, 2006 8:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words from foreign languages in use in English / Nolo episcopari
Replies: 7
Views: 2124

Words from foreign languages in use in English / Nolo episco

Chambers's Twentith Century Dictionary 1948

and another hackneyed phrase:

parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus - the mountains are in travail, an absurd mouse will be the outcome
by tony h
Sat May 27, 2006 8:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words from foreign languages in use in English / Nolo episcopari
Replies: 7
Views: 2124

Words from foreign languages in use in English / Nolo episcopari

When leafing through a dictionary (much easier to leaf through a paper dictionary than an electronic one in my view) I came across a section entitled Words from foreign languages in use in English. Some I knoew and some I didn't but at what time in English history did the phrase nolo episcopari (I d...
by tony h
Sat May 27, 2006 7:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bridget Jones´ Diary
Replies: 3
Views: 1629

Bridget Jones´ Diary

BJ's Diary is more informal than The Diary of BJ. I took it to be a question of whether BJ is just little ol me or whethet it is the diary of someone who is important in the world. Therefore in the rest of the film is she the person who is just there and is passed by or is she important to someone a...
by tony h
Sat May 27, 2006 8:37 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Desmond Dekker
Replies: 5
Views: 3808

Desmond Dekker

He has speechwriters? Well I never.
by tony h
Fri May 26, 2006 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Confusion in the usage of neither
Replies: 5
Views: 1793

Confusion in the usage of neither

i before e except after c to produce the sound e
by tony h
Fri May 26, 2006 3:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I do not think I will OR I think I will not
Replies: 28
Views: 4595

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

It will be, thanks to Mr Li.

Oi, Li, phants for that.
by tony h
Thu May 25, 2006 11:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I do not think I will OR I think I will not
Replies: 28
Views: 4595

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

Bob
I saw the Elephant yesterday it was grey and wet.

I think that we should not forget the elephants for the elephant does not forget us.