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by tony h
Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mouth-breathing
Replies: 11
Views: 1557

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: 6510

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: 4277

blinkered

Erik,
were the hiring policies discriminatory or simply blinkered?
by tony h
Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blinkered
Replies: 33
Views: 4277

blinkered

I would say a good proportion of the UK would understand blinkers in their horsey context and thus figuratively to a mindset. Only in the city might this not be the case. On a more general point, Ken: were you suggesting that newspapers should not use words that the general population does not under...
by tony h
Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Languages: Precursor, Indicator and Predictor in Conflicts a
Replies: 21
Views: 4959

Languages: Precursor, Indicator and Predictor in Conflicts a

my shift key is not working. a common language does not seem to me to be any great harbinger of peace. to name but a few: - scots and english, - americans and english - irish and english - basques and spanish - taiwan and china - orleanist and burgundians - lots of Africa - iraq before any bush inte...
by tony h
Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bunded
Replies: 9
Views: 1443

bunded

I didn't have a problem with bowser. Locally we have fuel or water bowsers which are liquid storage tanks on a trailer so that you can take said liquid to a site. I would never have thought of using bowser for a static installation. Cheers Phil and WoZ for the Bunded answer. I have just realised tha...
by tony h
Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bunded
Replies: 9
Views: 1443

bunded

I saw a label today "bunded fuel bowser".

It seems to indicate a high level of sealing of the tank.
by tony h
Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:29 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: long-lived
Replies: 16
Views: 2320

long-lived

short i without a doubt. I am surprised there is enough dissent to be able to have a discussion.

But rendered in a regional accent it varies
by tony h
Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: death knell
Replies: 18
Views: 7497

death knell

Ken, can you help with an earliest usage for this phrase? Some interesting links on Nails: http://www.glasgowsteelnail.com/nailmaking.htm Other pages under the panel titled History. http://www.bergen.org/AAST/Projects/Engineering_Graphics/_EG2000/NailShark/nail.html http://www.anthro.utah.edu/IMACs/...
by tony h
Mon Aug 14, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Yes sirree Bob
Replies: 16
Views: 24413

Yes sirree Bob

Harry, as Ken states Bob is a euphemism for God. Are you questioning the existance of God?
by tony h
Sat Aug 12, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man", by John Perkins
Replies: 4
Views: 2542

"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man", by John Perkins

Now come on Erik you can't have it both ways. My recommendation does not give enough, Shelley's gives too much.

There is just no satisfying some people :)
by tony h
Fri Aug 11, 2006 10:01 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Film flimflam
Replies: 30
Views: 11848

Film flimflam

40. No matter what documented history shows, it is always an American that wins through.

41. It is always sunny in Oxford and Wales.

42. The roads are always clear enough for a car chase.
by tony h
Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: competence
Replies: 18
Views: 2228

competence

You assume correctly :)
by tony h
Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to lose the number of one's mess
Replies: 5
Views: 1579

to lose the number of one's mess

My number being 2799, through some occult system of nautical numeration, I was detailed to the ‘Third,’ or second starboard, division of the ship’s company; so I joined mess Number 38, which was on the port side on the lower deck, the first one aft of the schoolroom. Military personnel are grouped ...
by tony h
Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: high-street drug stores
Replies: 2
Views: 896

high-street drug stores

The high-street is traditionally the main road through a town and will usually be called "high Street". It will contain the main shops of the town - until the advent of out-of-town shooping moved. In this sense High street shop (chemist, butcher, shoe) indicates a reputable and well stock shop. The ...