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by trolley
Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 60
Views: 51345

murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]

Ken and James,
Thanks. I'll check it out, for sure. Looks like a good read. Right now I'm heading into a meeting with a "bother of salesmen"
by trolley
Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 60
Views: 51345

murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]

It started out as a simple question. Why do they call a flock of crows a “murder of crows”? I used my best friend but couldn’t find anything in any past threads relating to this topic. After “Googling” for answers, I realized that this peculiar habit of assigning (apparently) unrelated words as coll...
by trolley
Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 14621

America and American

I'd be OK with "Blustery Nor'Wester" as a collective term for North Americans.
by trolley
Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Up Mike's?
Replies: 9
Views: 3448

Up Mike's?

Update:
Michael's proctologist just phoned me and it looks like I'm still going to have to walk. Bummer.
by trolley
Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Up Mike's?
Replies: 9
Views: 3448

Up Mike's?

Thanks Dale
Pittsburguese for "nowhere in particular". Where was my head going?
by trolley
Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 14621

America and American

Neil How zit goin, eh? I guess in the broader sense we are all North, South or Central Americans. I think your question comes from the fact that ,up here anyway, "American" is used exclusively to refer to someone from "The States" ( I'm not even sure if the term "The States" is OK, anymore). While w...
by trolley
Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Up Mike's?
Replies: 9
Views: 3448

Up Mike's?

Is anyone familiar with the phrase "up Mike's"? I'm pretty sure I have a grasp of what it means but I wonder how it started. I heard it said,often,in the "Maritimes"(Canadian for Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and New Brunswick). I suspect it has a UK origin,as that area is heavily influenced by Scottish, Eng...
by trolley
Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: burning a CD
Replies: 12
Views: 4230

burning a CD

Curious. I had always thought, without giving it much thought, that the word carried a somewhat criminal slant to it. "Burn" is sometimes used, in my circles,to mean steal. If you go to a peer to peer site and download someone elses material, then copy it to a disc without their permission,you have ...
by trolley
Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 32081

person of Chinese descent

Wow! 50 points for everyone (almost everyone). Somewhere around the second page, I was beginning to regret having ever stirred this pot. In the end, I wound up with many more answers and a few more questions than I could have wished for. There's so much food for thought that I fear that some of it m...
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: 6654

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: 6654

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: 4035

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: 4008

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: 4008

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: 32081

person of Chinese descent

Can't help myself. Sometimes I just get a little mushy.