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by paulwiggins
Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Announcing news before it happens
Replies: 22
Views: 5458

Announcing news before it happens

There are sound reasons for taking more than one bite of the same cherry. Whetu Tirikatane-Sullivan, a former New Zealand Cabinet Minister, used to be noted for holding a press statement in one hand and a denial in the other hand. Such matters as caninet appointments and economic data can influence ...
by paulwiggins
Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: english (with a lower case e and no question mark)
Replies: 36
Views: 12729

english (with a lower case e and no question mark)

Tony unles I'm mistaken I recall the term 'english' being used in the TV series Pot Black. It was certainly a term I was afmiliar with in New Zealand during my delightfully mispent youth.
by paulwiggins
Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: (back) yard
Replies: 26
Views: 5736

(back) yard

In addition, Australian real estate agents talk about ''child-friendly'' backyards, which means the property is fenced, And ''good-sized'' backyards - which means its not very big.
by paulwiggins
Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: electric jet engine
Replies: 8
Views: 3605

electric jet engine

Head should have read


Here's a link to a web site that has got its coverage right, notably correctly naming the companies involved.

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/s ... from_rss=1
by paulwiggins
Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:32 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Wales/Oz
Replies: 15
Views: 5433

Wales/Oz

Inded thus the pointer to some folk who really know what they are talking about. I would expect to see more co-ordination between the Australian side and the New Zealand side, as we get more comfortable with each other.

disclosure: paulwiggins files for Fairfax Digital sites.
by paulwiggins
Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:12 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Wales/Oz
Replies: 15
Views: 5433

Wales/Oz

Fairfax Media launches its dedicated rugby website next month. RugbyHeaven.co.nz will cover all aspects of the game. Head of Fairfax Digital Bernard Hickey says the site will deliver immediate updates from around the world. He expects it to be established as New Zealand's leading rugby site for the ...
by paulwiggins
Thu May 03, 2007 4:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: An FYI for those who read nytimes.com
Replies: 14
Views: 5514

An FYI for those who read nytimes.com

Jane, thanks for the heads-up on this. Now read the sequel at http://testycopyeditors.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7996
Let ne know if you have access problems.
by paulwiggins
Thu May 03, 2007 3:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: deep pockets - short arms
Replies: 23
Views: 7715

deep pockets - short arms

It might be wise to recall at this stage that folk from other parts of the English-speaking world might not share our antipodean larrikin streak.
by paulwiggins
Thu May 03, 2007 1:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: deep pockets - short arms
Replies: 23
Views: 7715

deep pockets - short arms

Diverting wildly back to topic for a moment. It was my delight to report on a Southern Highlands, NSW, town that had a day ''so cold all the lawyers had their hands in their own pockets''.
by paulwiggins
Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:06 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Maple Leaf
Replies: 12
Views: 4846

Maple Leaf

A recent Sydney Morning Herald gave the answer ''maple leaf'' in answer to ''Semi tragic fan who drops out of the crowd scene". Anyone able to supply confirmation or clarification?
by paulwiggins
Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:04 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Land of hope and glory.
Replies: 23
Views: 6915

Land of hope and glory.

In remebrance of the marvellous hospitality of the people in Cardiff, I shall show solidarity, while murmuring curses about the Lewis Duckworth system.
by paulwiggins
Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ironic and ironical
Replies: 10
Views: 3232

Ironic and ironical

I thank people for their replies, which do indeed relate to why I made a word choice in conversation the other day. In relation to the usage frequency russcable refers to I think the usage of ''ironical'' is fading out but it's hardwired into my brain after reading 19th century British literature as...
by paulwiggins
Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A pandemic misuse of the prep. "to"
Replies: 17
Views: 5853

A pandemic misuse of the prep. "to"

Phil makes a fair point In English, the use of certain prepositions (in certain contexts) is not as stable as some other aspects of the grammar of the language True but many people who have English as a second language tell me maintaning the distinctions assists them. Now as for between eight to twe...
by paulwiggins
Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ironic and ironical
Replies: 10
Views: 3232

Ironic and ironical

Anyway care to offer an opinion about how interchangeable these words are. One a substabtial number of miles away from reference books. Ps: send beer.
by paulwiggins
Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:26 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Land of hope and glory.
Replies: 23
Views: 6915

Land of hope and glory.

One notes he hasn't read the part of the instruction manual that says it's a good idea for fly halfs to pass from time to time. On a more sombre note, congratulations to England for downing New Zealand in the ODI series.