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by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bejesus
Replies: 8
Views: 2923

bejesus

Without going too deeply into the topic, I thought frigging was a euphemism for female masturbation.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dystopic
Replies: 4
Views: 4084

dystopic

This is interesting, because Dystopic does have a meaning in medicine. It is something that is in the wrong place as well being better knownas a sort of negative image of Utopia. But, in exactly the same way that we talk of a Utopian society, I can personally see no reason whatsoever not to speak of...
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: parsing 'by'
Replies: 8
Views: 2117

parsing 'by'

Many thanks both. Ken's post summed up my confusion a treat.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bejesus
Replies: 8
Views: 2923

bejesus

Good name for a band though, except it could sound like the vehicle that the Brothers Gibb used to travel to gigs. Bee Gee Bus.
by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: parsing 'by'
Replies: 8
Views: 2117

parsing 'by'

Please get me out of a mental block. If you were to parse the sentence “He flew to London by aeroplane”, what is "by"?
by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: raised vs reared
Replies: 2
Views: 9960

raised vs reared

I would agree with Fowler's last sentence.

I brought up my children, I would probably not use either of the two other options, although I would not queston their use by someone else.
by Bobinwales
Sat Apr 09, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: big grass (for tall grass)?
Replies: 7
Views: 2889

big grass (for tall grass)?

We have long grass over here, and when I was younger I had lots of fun I had in it I vaguely remember.
by Bobinwales
Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Brussels sprouts
Replies: 7
Views: 1574

Brussels sprouts

I had a trip to the Supermarket today, not a single Brussel, all sprouts were Brussels.
by Bobinwales
Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Brussels sprouts
Replies: 7
Views: 1574

Brussels sprouts

And there was me thinking that “crud” meant uselessly horrid.
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 07, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 9105

You're welcome

"You're welcome", is obviously a contraction of "You are welcome", which could be substituted for "It's a pleasure", "Don't mention it", "Not a problem" etc.

The word itself is pretty ancient, meaning, I'm pretty certain, that it is a pleasure to see someone arrive.
by Bobinwales
Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: whet one's whistle
Replies: 12
Views: 3092

whet one's whistle

Bozo, I'm still with you. Chaucer couldn't spell anyway! I must say the rest of the evidence seems convincing though.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: whet one's whistle
Replies: 12
Views: 3092

whet one's whistle

Personally, I'm a "whet" man, and I think you are right, you want to sharpen your whistle, not drown it.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Folsom / Native American vs. Indian
Replies: 15
Views: 3884

Folsom / Native American vs. Indian

Thank you Ross, your post answered a lot of questions that were in my mind. I can well understand the sense of identity that tribal names can give. Just let anyone try calling me English if you want to see a portly middle-aged gentleman blow his top.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: letting her hair down
Replies: 15
Views: 28020

letting her hair down

Regrettably, some of us can only let hair down figuratively.
But I can still remember the Sixties; I was a musician then and could really let my hair down.
(Exit stage left, sobbing).
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Folsom / Native American vs. Indian
Replies: 15
Views: 3884

Folsom / Native American vs. Indian

So children don't have to play "Bovine persons and Native Americans" instead of "Cowboys and Indians" then?