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by trolley
Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:49 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: I couldn't care less / I could care less
Replies: 18
Views: 3537

I couldn't care less / I could care less

I think Isaac needed to get out more often.
by trolley
Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: I couldn't care less / I could care less
Replies: 18
Views: 3537

I couldn't care less / I could care less

"Could/couldn't care less" is used interchangeably around here. The split seems to be around 50-50. The explanation I was given was not mentioned in this thread. I'm not surprised. I was talking about this with two friends, both of whom "could" while I "couldn't". The first fella explained. "It's sa...
by trolley
Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Words of Scots, Pictish and Celtic origin
Replies: 9
Views: 1963

Words of Scots, Pictish and Celtic origin

Hey Wiz
July 1st. It's our birthday. I won't reveal how old we are. Bring beer.
by trolley
Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: railroad handcar
Replies: 8
Views: 1718

railroad handcar

Hand cars were later replaced with the railroad Velocipede ( what a splendid word! I'll be keeping that one in my pocket for later use). It looked like a bicycle that ran on one rail and had a third stabilizing wheel that ran on the opposing rail. Not the old three wheeled bike,again? Perhaps, a lit...
by trolley
Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: railroad handcar
Replies: 8
Views: 1718

railroad handcar

I'm not being a smart ass. We always called them exactly what you described them as. Pumper cars.
by trolley
Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 12308

person of Chinese descent

Can't help myself. Sometimes I just get a little mushy.
by trolley
Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 12308

person of Chinese descent

Are we polarized? Now you're making me blubber
by trolley
Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 12308

person of Chinese descent

No mens rea? No crime (or,at least, a much lesser one). Anyone want a tort?
by trolley
Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 12308

person of Chinese descent

Thanks for yor help, everyone. If a word or phrase is not, in and of itself,offensive it only becomes a slur when used in that way. I did not feel the urge to rush to the aid of some of my fellow countrymen when I recently read them being referred to as Eskimos by several people in a recent post. I ...
by trolley
Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 12308

person of Chinese descent

Why ask why,indeed. I can't just accept everything as it seems. Point taken on my examples,though. You are correct. Even yet, Walesman dosen't seem much of an insult either. Really, it was an honest question. I know it doesn't "seem" an appropriate term and I hadn't intended on using it. Maybe it wa...
by trolley
Thu Jan 25, 2007 3:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fold twofold threefold
Replies: 9
Views: 1915

fold twofold threefold

Too right, James. I miter known someone would point that out.
by trolley
Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fold twofold threefold
Replies: 9
Views: 1915

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: 12308

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: 4174

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: 4174

rear admiral

Many things seem good in hindsight.