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by trolley
Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fold twofold threefold
Replies: 9
Views: 1895

fold twofold threefold

Increasing something tenfold is certainly accepted as a ten times increase. Folding (doubling something over)ten times actually increases the number of layers by 1024. You really shouldn't have messed with that table!
by trolley
Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 12118

person of Chinese descent

Does anyone have any insight as to why the term "Chinaman" is considered to be,if not derogatory, certainly no longer PC? It's obvious why those small black candies that I ate in my younger days are now "licorice kids" and today's children eeny meeny miny mo by catching robbers or tigers by the toe....
by trolley
Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rear admiral
Replies: 26
Views: 4111

rear admiral

Regrettably, I lacked the foresight to avoid her.
by trolley
Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rear admiral
Replies: 26
Views: 4111

rear admiral

Many things seem good in hindsight.
by trolley
Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: holidays
Replies: 16
Views: 2338

holidays

My father always chastised me for taking holidays when I mowed the lawn. I only ever holidayed around piles of dog feces...oh,never mind.
by trolley
Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Behead......Dehead?
Replies: 10
Views: 2363

Behead......Dehead?

Your "by the body" statement just led me somewhere else. Perhaps it means being presented with one's own head.
ps please don't belittle my hair-do
Muchos Garcia
by trolley
Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: knack
Replies: 7
Views: 1443

knack

I had a British friend who always complained of being "absolutely bloody knackered". Good to know that it means tired or worn out. Where I come from, being knackered wouldn't be something you'd want to keep telling everyone about.
by trolley
Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Behead......Dehead?
Replies: 10
Views: 2363

Behead......Dehead?

Can someone please explain to me why the prefix "be" is used in the word behead. I thought "be" was used to indicate making something happen and it always seemed to me to be more of an act of giving rather than taking away(bestow,bedeck,bequest). If something is beflowered, is it not adorned with fl...
by trolley
Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: apostrophe
Replies: 21
Views: 4030

apostrophe

Thanks for your input,however,anyone who is married must surely appreciate the fact that I cannot win this arguement by reproducing these posts as evidence. Alveolar nasal? Unfortunately,my Grade School teacher,Mr. Bowen ( God rest his soul ), has been unavailable for comment for about thirty years ...
by trolley
Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: apostrophe
Replies: 21
Views: 4030

apostrophe

sorry.....not sure where I got "Kathy" from.
by trolley
Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: apostrophe
Replies: 21
Views: 4030

apostrophe

Thanks Kathy
If you type campin' in a Word Doc it is identified as an incorrectly spelled word and offers camping or camp'in as alternates.
by trolley
Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: apostrophe
Replies: 21
Views: 4030

apostrophe

Hey Folks I was hoping somebody could help settle a dispute for me. Is dropping the "g" from the end of a word considered an acceptable one word contraction? If it is, where would the apostrophe be placed? I have always understood that the apostrophe replaced (and ocurred in the same position as)the...