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by Bobinwales
Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Negro, colored, Black, African American, person of color
Replies: 16
Views: 12752

Negro, colored, Black, African American, person of color

I have a problem with pc terminology. I have very little hair on my head. I am bald; I am not folically-challenged. The term sounds daft and is daft. I drink my coffee black, not “without milk”, as some would have me say. The access to the sewer is through a manhole, I use the term “ladies and gentl...
by Bobinwales
Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: emigrant / immigrant
Replies: 4
Views: 2129

emigrant / immigrant

Albert Smith decides to leave Britain to live out his life in Australia. He does all that is necessary and is accepted, so Erik, living in the UK says goodbye to the emigrant. In Australia, WOZ is happy to meet the immigrant and buy him a beer. Does Ken in the USA describe Albert as an emigrant or a...
by Bobinwales
Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bespoke
Replies: 4
Views: 3658

bespoke

I would use the term bespoke tailor as a matter of course to describe such an establishment, I assumed everyone did, but interestingly if a lady has a suit made by a gentlemen's tailor it is described as "Man Tailored".
by Bobinwales
Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mum's the word
Replies: 11
Views: 5592

mum's the word

Seems fair to me Ken, I would have had no idea as to what the skaters were on about in all probability.
by Bobinwales
Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: analogy vs metaphor
Replies: 19
Views: 68060

analogy vs metaphor

We still have coal, but no real way of getting at it now that the pits have closed, and no-one wants open-cast. The row going on between pro and anti wind farmers is heating up to a level where we will probably be able to generate electricity by harnessing the hot air generated by both sides.
by Bobinwales
Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mum's the word
Replies: 11
Views: 5592

mum's the word

That sounds like an interesting straw poll Ken. I will confirm Erik's observation in that although you wouldn't hear the expression every day it is nowhere near being obsolete, you certainly wouldn't have to explain it to anyone.
by Bobinwales
Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Suggestions on Condolences
Replies: 3
Views: 4378

Suggestions on Condolences

I was shocked to realise that this is the third anniversary of your mother’s passing. You should know that my thoughts are still with you, and I know how much you must still miss her, although I am sure that the pain is now starting to go away. I like Dale’s bit about underscoring the failure to kee...
by Bobinwales
Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dude
Replies: 22
Views: 8139

dude

Could this be a st-dude-eous thread?
by Bobinwales
Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: analogy vs metaphor
Replies: 19
Views: 68060

analogy vs metaphor

It's an underground movement.
by Bobinwales
Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: beer or beers
Replies: 23
Views: 7491

beer or beers

Long ago I worked with someone who used to say, "There is no such thing as bad beer. It's just that some is better than others". It's probably as well that the great landlord called "Time!" for him, he would be very upset to have to change his pet maxim, because sadly, Edwin is right.
by Bobinwales
Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: custom-made
Replies: 1
Views: 1086

custom-made

The expression “custom-made” is being used in the UK now, but how did a word meaning “usual practice” come to mean, “made to order”?
by Bobinwales
Tue Mar 15, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: repertory
Replies: 4
Views: 3663

repertory

Long ago, when I was a theatre reviewer the words repertory and repertoire were not interchangeable, although there is clearly overlap in their definitions. A repertoire was the stock of material that an artist or company was able (or prepared) to perform. A company that staged a different play each...
by Bobinwales
Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pair
Replies: 8
Views: 2443

pair

Nimo, My maxim "If it feels wrong, it probably is" takes effect here. You simply don't talk about bombings as though they were socks, therefore it feels wrong. In fact if it didn't you would not have raised the question in the first place. So I would maintain that although there may be no valid reas...
by Bobinwales
Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wire-to-wire win
Replies: 3
Views: 4362

wire-to-wire win

I have never come across the expression “wire-to-wire”, but “down to the wire” meaning the matter is not decided until the very end is quite common.
by Bobinwales
Sat Mar 12, 2005 11:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tetbury man to wed
Replies: 5
Views: 2993

Tetbury man to wed

Ah, but it's warm in Wales, if a little wet, and we know where to hide.