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by tony h
Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Wedding Bells
Replies: 21
Views: 6060

Wedding Bells

In the main it i fine just a few thigs that trouble a pedant like me. For example when the bell is at rest it is on the stop but while ringing the stop should never be used. You start with the bell inverted and pull on the rope to bring over the centre of balance and carry on pulling to give it enou...
by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Wedding Bells
Replies: 21
Views: 6060

Wedding Bells

Bob, read your link with caution. There are a few mistakes.
by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one-square-mile
Replies: 6
Views: 1729

one-square-mile

Well I didn't know that
by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one-square-mile
Replies: 6
Views: 1729

one-square-mile

The area of London is not "the one square mile" but "the square mile" which is the oldest part of the city and in former times had it's own governance and even now is significantly independant of the rest of London. http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/maps/
by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Wedding Bells
Replies: 21
Views: 6060

Wedding Bells

In England you can get a bell ringing "that no human hand has touched". In England Bells are at rest when they are balanced upside-down against a supporting arm - the white pole in the modle illustrated here : http://www.whitechapelbellfoundry.co.uk/model.htm . getting it balanced is a delicate oper...
by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 2164

Paradise

Thanks for that. It sounds pretty familiar (!) only in my experience it seems to be parties that knock out the teenagers so that they wake up not knowing where they are. The "fallen woemen" are mainly historical. When the house was a laundry it was staffed by fallen woemen who were housed on the pre...
by tony h
Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 2164

Paradise

Shelley, I am struggling with the meaning in the reference "old man of the mountains".

We specialize in harbouring fallen women.
by tony h
Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:59 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: dag's dictionary
Replies: 28
Views: 6349

dag's dictionary

[quote[Yankcent is the bad American accent put on by Aussies when they wish to portray somebody as loud and crass, whatever their actual nationality[/quote] Is there a word for the bad accent put on by American actors who are included in the film only to get support from the American film industry? ...
by tony h
Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Paradise
Replies: 7
Views: 2164

Paradise

It comes from the Arabic for Walled Garden. I have a note on the door to my walled garden which says "welcome to paradise"
by tony h
Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 'take off'
Replies: 13
Views: 2072

'take off'

Just for the sake of clarity: I am not including Deadalus.
by tony h
Thu Oct 26, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 'take off'
Replies: 13
Views: 2072

'take off'

A poor trawl failed to find anything prior to mechanical flight.
by tony h
Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:57 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Doc Holliday
Replies: 28
Views: 5878

Doc Holliday

Tony, you believed a used-car salesman?
of course
by tony h
Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Doc Holliday
Replies: 28
Views: 5878

Doc Holliday

I remember a used car salesman telling me he had been a dentist until they tightened up on the regulations.

And isn't it the case that butchers were (are?) allowed to do surgery - which is also why surgeons are called Mister rather than Doctor?
by tony h
Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bring somebody to his milk
Replies: 11
Views: 2051

bring somebody to his milk

he will come to recognise that his future is better with [the proposal]. An allusion to suckling.
by tony h
Tue Oct 10, 2006 9:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: living room
Replies: 13
Views: 2517

living room

In my home the parlour was the room where business was done with tradespeople and workers. The (with)drawing room was the province of the ladies of the house. Only once in fifteen years was I invited into my Grandmother's drawing room. A lounge is a feature of houses from the 60s onwards. The living...