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by Bobinwales
Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: estoppel
Replies: 3
Views: 1208

estoppel

I was signing on a forum to talk to the world about how little Sir Clive Woodward knows about rugby, and whether he is really in love with Jonny Wilkinson or whether it is just infatuation, when I came across "ESTOPPEL". A Google search gave me: ESTOPPEL - (estopped) A bar which precludes someone fr...
by Bobinwales
Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tiger Tim
Replies: 4
Views: 2103

Tiger Tim

Tiger Tim was a character in British chidrens' comics.

He started out with Tiger Tim's Tales in 1919, moved to the front page of Rainbow with the Bruin Boys, and graced the pages of Jack and Jill from 1954 to 1985. Quite a distinguished and long lived tiger was our Tim.
by Bobinwales
Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shout the odds
Replies: 3
Views: 1920

shout the odds

Could it describe a bookmaker declaring that he is offering a better price than his competitors? That's the way I always read it anyway.
by Bobinwales
Tue Jun 14, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Most words query / Eskimo words for snow
Replies: 34
Views: 14045

Most words query / Eskimo words for snow

For those of you who are wondering what Phil is on about, there is a town in North Wales that rejoices in the name llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Phil has given the translation. You don’t believe me? http://llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk...
by Bobinwales
Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Most words query / Eskimo words for snow
Replies: 34
Views: 14045

Most words query / Eskimo words for snow

This is a bit off piste as well, but The Great Eskimo Snow Job got me thinking. It is known that Wales is known for not being flat, and, although not a good Welsh speaker, I was aware of a number of words in Welsh meaning "HILL". I checked with a couple of dictionaries and made it to 16 without actu...
by Bobinwales
Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 9300

Chatspeak stole my internet!

Better I don't tell the Boss about that posting think you?
by Bobinwales
Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: good nick
Replies: 19
Views: 6853

good nick

Well, we all understood what she was on about!

Actually it was my daft way of trying to say that it is a common expression in the UK.
by Bobinwales
Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 9300

Chatspeak stole my internet!

Oh happiness. Thanks Russ, if my children still lived with me I would probably had no problems, but there I am, a boring old fart. I hadn't even heard of "IM" until this thread. I must get some younger friends.
by Bobinwales
Mon Jun 13, 2005 2:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 9300

Chatspeak stole my internet!

Any chance of a dictionary? It would have to be on-line and updated daily I grant you. I thought 'lol' was 'Lots of love' too, if it's not, what the hell is it?
by Bobinwales
Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Conflict v Confliction
Replies: 14
Views: 8110

Conflict v Confliction

You don't tell us where you live, so it makes advice a little difficult. I have never heard the word, and it doesn't appear in any of the UK dictionaries I checked, with the single exception of my M$oft spell-check. However, Merriam-Webster shows confliction as a noun meaning antagonism or irreconci...
by Bobinwales
Mon Jun 13, 2005 11:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: good nick
Replies: 19
Views: 6853

good nick

My Moiety remarked that a vintage car was "in good nick", meaning that it was in good condition. It is a perfectly reasonable thing to say, and understood by all. But she then ruined it by asking where the expression came from. Apart from a gut feeling that it could be Cockney Rhyming Slang, it beat...
by Bobinwales
Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Great Britain
Replies: 25
Views: 6744

Great Britain

I will freely admit that it is always safer to call an Irishman an Irishman, but Kori obviously didn't want to go into the politics. The question "Are you British?" may receive the answer, "I'm Irish", there would probably be little offence taken, but a gentle correction given. But just try asking s...
by Bobinwales
Sun Jun 12, 2005 7:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Great Britain
Replies: 25
Views: 6744

Great Britain

Kori, Sandy is perfectly correct. No one from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales will object to being called British. We are all British.
by Bobinwales
Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 6451

boo

No, that would be a "Boo Hoo".
by Bobinwales
Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 3298

double superlatives

I complained that a local shop was advertising "Baked Potatoe". Fair enough they did change the sign, the now sell "Baked Potato's". You might like to try a book to go along with "Eats Shoots and Leaves" called "Eats Shites and Leaves". I don't usually get on with books that swear in the title, but ...