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by trolley
Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Gender: political correctness
Replies: 47
Views: 7429

Gender: political correctness

What has become of huoffspringkind? I'm beginning to fear for the Metro Sapien species. Will we go the way of Neandertal perspawn?
by trolley
Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Euphemistic requests
Replies: 26
Views: 5310

Euphemistic requests

I have been known to use the phrase “Roger that”(not in reference to Erik’s Alistair Cooke anecdote!). Over here, 99% of the people would take that as an affirmative. “I hear what you are saying and am in complete agreement”. Sometimes, I really mean “Roger that”.
by trolley
Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Euphemistic requests
Replies: 26
Views: 5310

Euphemistic requests

This one is not a request, but it’s one of my favorites. A local hockey player was asked to comment when one of his teammates was traded to the rival team. It had been well documented that these two players did not get along. “Out of all the team mates that I’ve ever played with…..he was certainly o...
by trolley
Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: turnover vs revenue
Replies: 12
Views: 3574

turnover vs revenue

Here’s my tuppence. In my company, turnover has three (fairly) different meanings depending on which department you are speaking with. To the bean-counters upstairs, turnover is the amount of business transacted in a given period and revenue is the amount of money generated by those transactions. To...
by trolley
Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: aptronym / aptonym / euonym / charactonym / label name
Replies: 129
Views: 43335

Re: aptronym / aptonym / euonym / charactonym / label name

True story.... I went to high school with a girl named Darlene Allcock. If you name your kid Les, don't expect Moore.
by trolley
Mon Jul 09, 2007 4:58 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Knock knock
Replies: 27
Views: 3714

Knock knock

Listen, Tarzan. I certainly hope you're not here to peddle your religious beliefs.
by trolley
Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:55 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Fourth
Replies: 2
Views: 1744

The Fourth

Happy Birthday, all y'alls. Play safely.
by trolley
Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:44 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Irish Moose
Replies: 42
Views: 5896

Irish Moose

As if this wasn't already Badenov!
by trolley
Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Irish Moose
Replies: 42
Views: 5896

Irish Moose

Erik, you're right. We enjoyed it quite often when I was growing up. I think it was called Mickey Moose over here.
by trolley
Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cosmology
Replies: 18
Views: 2859

cosmology

Can't I just call "Ballies"?
by trolley
Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cosmology
Replies: 18
Views: 2859

cosmology

scientology: the made-up of everything
by trolley
Thu Jun 28, 2007 5:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dour
Replies: 16
Views: 2950

dour

I was at my daughter’s high school this morning, picking up some paperwork. As I walked through the parking lot, I saw all the old cliques that I recognized from my school daze. There was the Rockers, the Punkers, the Coolies (“in” crowd), et al. I didn’t see the Nerds, but I’m sure they were there ...
by trolley
Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:10 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Irish Moose
Replies: 42
Views: 5896

Irish Moose

Hoof-hearted?
by trolley
Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ballies
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

ballies

I vaguely remember a quote from somewhere claiming that everything you needed to know for life was taught in kindergarten. The info doesn't help much when you can't recall it.
by trolley
Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dour
Replies: 16
Views: 2950

dour

I'm not sure that I've ever heard the word spoken. Whenever I read it,I read it as rhyming with sour. It certainly always seemed to tip the scales more to the negative side. I thought it more than just serious, but rather, gloomy or forbidding or ill-tempered.