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by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: raised vs reared
Replies: 2
Views: 12080

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: 4393

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: 2520

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: 2520

Brussels sprouts

And there was me thinking that “crud” meant uselessly horrid.
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 07, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 13274

You're welcome

"You're welcome", is obviously a contraction of "You are welcome", which could be substituted for "It's a pleasure", "Don't mention it", "Not a problem" etc.

The word itself is pretty ancient, meaning, I'm pretty certain, that it is a pleasure to see someone arrive.
by Bobinwales
Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: whet one's whistle
Replies: 12
Views: 5167

whet one's whistle

Bozo, I'm still with you. Chaucer couldn't spell anyway! I must say the rest of the evidence seems convincing though.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: whet one's whistle
Replies: 12
Views: 5167

whet one's whistle

Personally, I'm a "whet" man, and I think you are right, you want to sharpen your whistle, not drown it.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Folsom / Native American vs. Indian
Replies: 15
Views: 5452

Folsom / Native American vs. Indian

Thank you Ross, your post answered a lot of questions that were in my mind. I can well understand the sense of identity that tribal names can give. Just let anyone try calling me English if you want to see a portly middle-aged gentleman blow his top.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: letting her hair down
Replies: 15
Views: 39456

letting her hair down

Regrettably, some of us can only let hair down figuratively.
But I can still remember the Sixties; I was a musician then and could really let my hair down.
(Exit stage left, sobbing).
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Folsom / Native American vs. Indian
Replies: 15
Views: 5452

Folsom / Native American vs. Indian

So children don't have to play "Bovine persons and Native Americans" instead of "Cowboys and Indians" then?
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: thoughts-inner dialog
Replies: 5
Views: 4607

thoughts-inner dialog

"How about quotation marks and italics?"
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pikey
Replies: 14
Views: 10455

pikey

One of my friends agrees with Julius, but it would seem that the term is particularly Kentish, and has not spread very far over the borders, it's a good word to learn, Thanks.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "Last straw"/Clochandichter
Replies: 41
Views: 31651

"Last straw"/Clochandichter

You may be interested to know that I once saw a bloke from Sardinia playing bagless pipes. He stuck a couple of what looked like sticks into his mouth, played tunes on a chanter and managed the drones with recirculatory breathing. It was quite something to see, and hear.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Folsom / Native American vs. Indian
Replies: 15
Views: 5452

Folsom / Native American vs. Indian

Hans Joerg has raised an interesting point in one sentence, "As for Native Americans - in August 2004 I attended the Pow-Wow of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians". I understand the PC term “Native Americans”, but on this side of the Pond it would appear that Columbus' mistake is...
by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 03, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Brussels sprouts
Replies: 7
Views: 2520

Brussels sprouts

Am I the only one who has never heard of the word “boorcole”? Broccoli I knew even before Cubby of that name and his version of James Bond.