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by Bobinwales
Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: diaper
Replies: 17
Views: 3315

diaper

Ouch. There's no need to shout Ellen.

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by Bobinwales
Fri Aug 12, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skiffle
Replies: 19
Views: 8889

skiffle

Also known as "The great skiffle disaster" it was a strange era. It started in the ‘50’s, and in it’s very basic form was American folk songs sung very loud and very fast. “Rock Island Line”, Tom Dooley”, “Battle of New Orleans” etc. It was played mainly on acoustic guitars and an assortment of more...
by Bobinwales
Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Language engineering
Replies: 16
Views: 5532

Language engineering

Thanks Erik, I can follow your reasoning now, but as you said, I am Welsh. I would be Welsh if my skin colour were green, so how can someone be African-American if their forebears were torn away from the continent in the 18th century? My great grandfather came from Somerset, that does not make me En...
by Bobinwales
Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:49 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Yankee
Replies: 4
Views: 2159

Yankee

Thanks Phil, I'm grateful.
by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Yankee
Replies: 4
Views: 2159

Yankee

Thank you Ken, I'm afraid I don't know how to search "Ask The Wordwizard", and looking through 169 pages was a bit daunting as (whisper it gently, don't tell anyone, especially the boss) I was in work.
by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 10, 2005 11:38 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Yankee
Replies: 4
Views: 2159

Yankee

Where did the word come from?

I found this thread, but it doesn’t seem to go very far.
http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewto ... rms=yankee
by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 10, 2005 10:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Language engineering
Replies: 16
Views: 5532

Language engineering

The BBC piece shows, if anything, how politician’s knees jerk without any thought about the goolies with which they may come into contact. Am I going to be Welsh-British? Or as I rather suspect, because I am white, will the pc pundits think that I don’t need to wear my ethnicity on my arm? Blue Mink...
by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 10, 2005 7:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: brand spanking new
Replies: 3
Views: 5255

brand spanking new

Ken, as a sheer matter of interest, where does spanking meaning spiflication come in all this?
by Bobinwales
Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:48 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: For want of dreams
Replies: 7
Views: 2345

For want of dreams

I do know that DNA is the National Dyslexia Association.
by Bobinwales
Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:11 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: For want of dreams
Replies: 7
Views: 2345

For want of dreams

Or of the dyslexic devil worshiper who sold his soul to Santa?
by Bobinwales
Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: For want of dreams
Replies: 7
Views: 2345

For want of dreams

Perhaps you have heard of the dyslexic pimp who bought a warehouse
by Bobinwales
Fri Aug 05, 2005 3:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?
Replies: 47
Views: 13069

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

What is bothering me Overdrive is, is the decision to have a drink actually in the bath? Because being a Yank, your drink would probably entail ice cubes, and that could be catastrophic, soapy hands and all that.
by Bobinwales
Fri Aug 05, 2005 10:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Can't **** for toffee
Replies: 5
Views: 4359

Can't **** for toffee

A minor boast, "I did a good job mowing that lawn", will extract "You give yourself toffee don't you?" from my moiety, who hails from Yorkshire.
by Bobinwales
Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:32 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Mrs Hatcher at the doctor's
Replies: 1
Views: 1584

Mrs Hatcher at the doctor's

Ninety-four-year-old Mrs Hatcher showed up at her doctor’s surgery one Monday morning, and asked for her annual check up. The receptionist explained that her doctor was on holidays, but there was an extremely efficient and experienced locum looking after the practice, and Mrs Hatcher told her that s...
by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 03, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: chuffed
Replies: 12
Views: 3758

chuffed

Yes, one can be chuffed to all of those things and more. Apart from the ironic, “She’ll be really chuffed if you do that!”, I have never heard it used other than meaning, delighted, so I would never think of it as a Janus word. During my schooldays in the ‘60’s I was told that it was the chafing tha...