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by mongrowl
Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 12999

You're welcome

WoZ, what is with this either/nor. I appreciate the opinion that I am too heavy, but that shud be my problem and not yours. I do not slight your due, but can not intellectually balance the feather with your heart. A good expansion of your point cud be a discussion of what relation there might be twe...
by mongrowl
Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 12999

You're welcome

The last four poster's studied ignorance of Pragmatics is mildly troubling.
more;
Pragmatics according to Morris
Pragmatism and Umwelt-theory
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by mongrowl
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mexican stand-off
Replies: 14
Views: 4637

Mexican stand-off

1) [late 19th century and still in use] (originally U.S.) A situation in which 2 parties are at a deadlock, with neither party willing to back down from a stated position and neither having a superior edge; the result is that both parties give in and walk off. A major problem I have with etymologis...
by mongrowl
Sun Apr 02, 2006 12:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Slang words used for a soft drink
Replies: 8
Views: 9213

Slang words used for a soft drink

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by mongrowl
Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: new & brand-new
Replies: 16
Views: 6616

new & brand-new

thus the term means as if fresh and glowing from the furnace. Just passing, but I think Jonathan Green had it right to begin with. This is a "graphics medium" so it would not occur to posters, I guess, that Brand new would, in most all instances here, entail a NEW smell that over time, wafts away. ...
by mongrowl
Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: toward/towards
Replies: 21
Views: 10546

toward/towards

My subconcious has apparently been working on this while I've been gone and now called back to this forum by it's auto-notification features on another thread. That cauldrun has bubbled up the notion that the '' -s '' suffix on many words, is a weaker dis-intensifyer than the more often used '' -ish...
by mongrowl
Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: timeline vs. chronology
Replies: 7
Views: 3163

timeline vs. chronology

I think there is a difference, that I can not defend with cite's or confirmation.A pragmatic distinction that can be drawn is that the ' time line ' can connote the "time" between events as long or short, where as the chronological "list" must be interpolated for the same information. In other words...
by mongrowl
Sun Jul 10, 2005 8:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Per Se
Replies: 12
Views: 4231

Per Se

I came here, after you had stopped doing so, and gave multiple examples of how your original point, that too many times 'per se' was being used wrongly, was a perfectly good point. I shud have used this thread to make those points, but little remains of those other threads in archive, for some reaso...
by mongrowl
Sat Jul 09, 2005 6:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 10491

Choice or choices

When the ‘smart’ shopkeeper said there are two choices A OR B, I would have to assume that he/she meant exactly what they said
Well now, there you go. What is not clear is that Gould and others are "meaning" { two choices A (exclusive OR) B} when they hear/say choice.
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by mongrowl
Sat Jul 09, 2005 5:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 12538

Mother of All Etymologies

Che,
From another forum, HERE is a new source of information on your question.
nb
by mongrowl
Tue May 17, 2005 10:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Item 2
Replies: 22
Views: 8711

Item 2

Phil, most all of that is the Number One methode as noted on this Site for winning arguments . It was you who ran off on me in hysterical outrage when I used 'Ashworth' as "one of the above names" for the "silly" assertion of how academia restricted "meaning of terms" to be only acceptably intension...
by mongrowl
Tue May 17, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Is dorknoid a real word?
Replies: 3
Views: 3041

Is dorknoid a real word?

per OneLook----- Quick definitions (-oid) # () A suffix or combining form meaning like, resembling, in the form of; as in anthropoid, asteroid, spheroid. So she didn't mean that he was a DORK, but just resembled one. Lneil p.s.-- Technically, the (n) on the end of (dork), alludes clearly to some oth...
by mongrowl
Tue May 17, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Item 2
Replies: 22
Views: 8711

Item 2

Thanks for the thumbs up, spiritus, but like I said, It has to be admitted to by the administrators on this board before we can progress. As long as they can't see the elephant on the end of the couch, there is little respect for them available with which to motivate conversation.
by mongrowl
Sun May 15, 2005 11:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: toward/towards
Replies: 21
Views: 10546

toward/towards

good question, gave me a small start, thought about it, and YES, there is a difference. My immediate reaction was that there is a difference of permanence when used adverbially, where the 's' can convey temperarynousness. Par examp:: " I may look towards you for a specific answer to a question, but ...