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by Bobinwales
Thu May 05, 2005 10:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fanny packs
Replies: 12
Views: 2898

fanny packs

As I have absolutely no idea what a fanny pack is, I take it that it is an American expression, and as such would probably refer to the rear view, as opposed to the British understanding of the word, which is used rarely in polite mixed company. As for the different meanings of the word in the two c...
by Bobinwales
Wed May 04, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Name of word puzzles?
Replies: 8
Views: 3938

Name of word puzzles?

Amazing isn't it? There is a whole generation out there sending text messages on their mobile phones using a series of rebuses without a clue as to what they are called ( I didn't either, see above!). My daughter recently sent me "cum 2 t l8er", which I eventually translated as “Come to tea later?”
by Bobinwales
Tue May 03, 2005 12:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Name of word puzzles?
Replies: 8
Views: 3938

Name of word puzzles?

I hate to argue with you Erik, but I am not at all sure that you are right. Surely a palindrome is a word/phrase which reads the same in both directions, not the kind of word games that Lili has quoted. I will be as interested as Lili in the results of this. By the way I had a search before I wrote ...
by Bobinwales
Mon May 02, 2005 7:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "cold feet"
Replies: 5
Views: 2563

"cold feet"

The story of your reluctant bride hasn't crossed the Pond, I shall see what I can find and have a look, but it strikes me that when I was a very young man you only found out that the bride had cold feet after the wedding!
by Bobinwales
Mon May 02, 2005 7:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: whole shebang
Replies: 2
Views: 2179

whole shebang

I'm not very much up on my Irish Language, although Celtic it is a different branch to Welsh, but it does strike me that SHEBANG could be a first cousin to SHEBEEN, which is an illegal drinking establishment.
by Bobinwales
Mon May 02, 2005 6:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: same-store sales = comps
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

same-store sales = comps

I'm not going to be much help here Dale, I have never heard of the expression, and frankly I'm not absolutely sure I understand it either.
by Bobinwales
Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Heavens no vs Hell no
Replies: 7
Views: 3609

Heavens no vs Hell no

It tends to be "Good Heavens" here in South Wales as well.
by Bobinwales
Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Heavens no vs Hell no
Replies: 7
Views: 3609

Heavens no vs Hell no

I blame John Wayne.
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:32 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hollick
Replies: 5
Views: 1234

Hollick

I thought he altered the spelling of his name by changing the H to a B, the i to an o and adding an s.
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dicker
Replies: 8
Views: 2682

dicker

Dickering is not wildly used in the UK, I know what it means, but I don’t recall ever having used the word. Bickering however is a different matter. In the example you have used from Reuters Ken, I get the mental picture of a bunch of politicians quarrelling in the same way that brothers and sisters...
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pattern of intelligence
Replies: 5
Views: 1206

pattern of intelligence

I'm glad you didn't suggest that Blair's pattern is to find evidence to prove an erroneous conclusion, Erik, I wouldn't dream of doing so either. I wonder how many other people will find ways not to say such things before 05.05.05.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 26, 2005 8:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: New ROOTs?
Replies: 20
Views: 3466

New ROOTs?

Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 25, 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of cordial?
Replies: 8
Views: 2002

origin of cordial?

I have been away for a few days and am only now able to catch up.

Wiz, I am realiably informed that Sir C has booked a block of three seats together on the plane for Jonny's stretcher.

Apologies to anyone who doesnt have a clue what we are talking about.
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stationary / stationery
Replies: 2
Views: 1660

stationary / stationery

Reminds me of the bloke who went into a shop and asked the young female assistant "Do you keep stationery?" She replied, "Most of the time, but when we get near the end I go absolutely beserk".
by Bobinwales
Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of cordial?
Replies: 8
Views: 2002

origin of cordial?

Wiz, although I cordially wish you well, I cannot encourage your desire to see a Lions demolition. However, as they have seen fit to take only 10 Welshmen, I must say that the All Blacks are in with a chance to run them close, or even force a draw.