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by tony h
Fri May 24, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 7
Views: 6232

Re: Gee Gee

The OED doesn't admit to the Henry Gee origin and places the first usage considerably later than 1539 being, in record, 1869. Gee from OED, A word of command to a horse, variously (in different localities) used to direct it to turn to the right, to go forward, or to move faster. 1628 J. Earle Micro-...
by tony h
Thu May 23, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Paint one's buttocks green
Replies: 6
Views: 5648

Re: Paint one's buttocks green

One of the advantages of having a living language is that you can sometimes get an answer from the writer. Here is a case in point: Hi, You used the phrase “paint his buttocks green” and it has caused some puzzlement as to what it might mean. I would very much appreciate it if you could clarify. Cur...
by tony h
Thu May 23, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What do you call ...
Replies: 5
Views: 5884

Re: What do you call ...

There are times when this is just annoying. The real problem, in my mind, is the way in which it reinforces a view that you have read. S read an article on some subject and you get bombarded with more supporting the same position. Where are the articles providing balance? One recently was about how ...
by tony h
Wed May 22, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What do you call ...
Replies: 5
Views: 5884

Re: What do you call ...

I get gas boiler reviews and adverts. Some even say "I saw you bought a gas boiler would you like to buy another one?"
by tony h
Tue May 14, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Paint one's buttocks green
Replies: 6
Views: 5648

Re: Paint one's buttocks green

No idea. One can imagine various meanings all as unlikely as another. Who are the two people? It might help identify the meaning.
by tony h
Fri May 10, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 3961

Re: Gossip

I remember Gossip as being used within living memory of my ancient relatives for a sponsor/godparent particularly when they were unmarried and lived in the same home. from the OED 1. One who has contracted spiritual affinity with another by acting as a sponsor at a baptism. a. In relation to the per...
by tony h
Thu May 02, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Talking in the abstract.
Replies: 3
Views: 3577

Talking in the abstract.

Yesterday in committee. Mrs May said, when asked about her multiple repetitions of "no deal is better than a bad deal" and her failure to enact that, that she was "talking in the abstract".


This is a new one on me. Does it actually have a meaning?
by tony h
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: remove (the noun)
Replies: 6
Views: 4528

Re: remove (the noun)

So, as in the above, your grandparents can be described as your first cousin twice removed . No, your grandparents are your grandparents, not cousins of any degree or removal. The chart makes that clear. If you look at the 3rd cousins box you will see both the one below and the one above are "once ...
by tony h
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: remove (the noun)
Replies: 6
Views: 4528

Re: remove (the noun)

And your first cousin twice removed is the grandchild of your first cousin. One point about removed is that does not have a direction. So, as in the above, your grandparents can be described as your first cousin twice removed . The following diagram describes it quite well http://1.bp.blogspot.com/...
by tony h
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Something smells very bad
Replies: 4
Views: 3640

Re: Something smells very bad

Phil is quite right but phrases more often seem to go with a type of smell. So, although there is overlap, the choice of words will tend to indicate the presumed, or known, cause.
by tony h
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequency
Replies: 4
Views: 4085

Re: frequency

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:55 am
or, simpler still (and more idiomatic and less technical-sounding):

How often do they collect the garbage in this neighborhood?
When do they collect the bins here? (bins=garbage).

How often are the bins collected (here).
by tony h
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 6587

Re: Daylight Robbery

Tony, I think you should contact the OED and point out your discovery. I have done so in the past and they have always responded. ____________________________ Ken Greenwald – April 22, 2019 Well that's a new experience. I have submitted the information on their online form. During this I also disco...
by tony h
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 6587

Re: Daylight Robbery

I wonder if there is rather more to "daylight robbery" than I expected. In "The Universal Officer of Justice" of 1731 (and others) it refers to occasions where "a robbery is done by daylight" and goes on to mention how the local community (the Hundred. A hundred or similar wapentake was a division o...
by tony h
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fly premium economy class
Replies: 3
Views: 4041

Re: Fly premium economy class

There is nothing to choose between them in ordinary communications.
by tony h
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as his father played tennis
Replies: 2
Views: 4118

Re: as his father played tennis

In the first the "as" is equivalent to "because".
In the second, giving a different instance may help. EG Just as his father was killed by a tiger, so did he.