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by Bobinwales
Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?
Replies: 47
Views: 11934

Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?

I have been running this through my mind since it was first posted. I am pretty sure that I have never taken a decision in my life, but I have made thousands. The friends with whom I have mentioned it seem to think the same, so I wonder if it is a translators' thing. I don't know.
by Bobinwales
Fri Jun 24, 2005 12:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: off your rocker
Replies: 9
Views: 11902

off your rocker

Rocker - implying old age/selinity - must be the Rolling Stones.
by Bobinwales
Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: untranslatables
Replies: 45
Views: 10728

untranslatables

That is indeed interesting Ahmed, and there must be some reason for there being such similar expressions for similar use arising so far from each other. Unless of course the Welsh really are the lost tribe of Israel as some legends would have it, in which case it could be folk memory!
by Bobinwales
Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:48 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Here's mud in your eye!
Replies: 22
Views: 30198

Here's mud in your eye!

Ken, "English soldiers", I think "British" would be a better word, my grandfather was there for one.
by Bobinwales
Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: estoppel
Replies: 3
Views: 1221

estoppel

Thanks Ken, and welcome back. I hope the trip was enjoyable. What a disappointment, "the term does not appear to originate in any known language". It's a swizz!
by Bobinwales
Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: estoppel
Replies: 3
Views: 1221

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: 2274

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: 1941

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: 14535

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: 14535

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: 9660

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: 7087

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: 9660

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: 9660

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: 8543

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...