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by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 4091

three on a match

My father, who was a soldier in WWII, always used to say that the superstition was invented to sell more matches, and I find that theory very believable. If you think of it, most men in the trenches would have been pipe-smokers, and it takes about three matches to get one of those things going prope...
by Bobinwales
Wed Apr 13, 2005 4:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 4091

three on a match

You are a sniper in a World War One trench. You see the first man take a light from the match. You aim when the second man takes his, and fire at the third. The third bloke tends to be a bit unlucky in those circumstances.
by Bobinwales
Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fanny
Replies: 4
Views: 2882

fanny

There are quite a number that I know. Someone dying for a fag in the UK merely wants a cigarette, whilst a faggot is either a bundle of sticks (in fairness hardly ever used nowadays), or a savoury meat ball served in gravy. It even works in gestures, If an American extends his middle finger and wave...
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fanny
Replies: 4
Views: 2882

fanny

This question was posted in November of last year, and remains unanswered. Out of curiosity in Australia the word "Fanny" or as it is also colloquially termed "the map of Tassie" (Tasmania being reminiscent in shape) refers to that part of female anatomy or 'front bottom' as Robert kindly touched on...
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: parsing 'by'
Replies: 8
Views: 2207

parsing 'by'

Well I just thought that using a silly pun as a heading would parse muster and then parse into obscurity.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:16 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: suicide blonde
Replies: 3
Views: 2298

suicide blonde

Surely by definition a Suicide Blonde has to be dyed by her own hand?
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bejesus
Replies: 8
Views: 3049

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: 4210

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: 2207

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: 3049

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: 2207

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: 10146

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: 2991

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: 1652

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: 1652

Brussels sprouts

And there was me thinking that “crud” meant uselessly horrid.