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by trolley
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Judas Goat
Replies: 3
Views: 1314

Re: Judas Goat

BonnieL wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:08 pm
Don't think too badly of the goat - he's being used. Of course, I happen to like goats. :)
Those meddling kids?
by trolley
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Judas Goat
Replies: 3
Views: 1314

Judas Goat

I recently heard someone being described as a "Judas Goat". That was a new one, for me. My first hought was that it meant (or was related to) "scapegoat", but that didn't really fit with the rest of the story. As it turns out, a Judas goat is a trained goat used to lead sheep or cattle to the slaugh...
by trolley
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Straws
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Straws

We call those "stir sticks". They are used for mixing cream and/or sugar in take-out cups of coffee or tea. Folks don't usually drink hot beverages through straws but I have (not very often) seen these stir sticks being used for that. Real drinking straws are much longer than these stirrers.
by trolley
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: List
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: List

Not quite, Steve. A list is something you would get "on", not "into" and you probably wouldn't get there by falling.
"Did our country get on the list?"
"Did our country make the list?"
by trolley
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Emoji
Replies: 4
Views: 1380

Re: Emoji

OPL
by trolley
Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Emoji
Replies: 4
Views: 1380

Emoji

...just when I was starting to understand all the abbreviations and acronyms, now I get messages with no words, at all...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/emoji ... -1.4577456
by trolley
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sideboards
Replies: 5
Views: 1516

Sideboards

One of my all-time favourite movies is The Man Who Would Be King. It’s such great fun. The other night I was watching it for the umpteenth time. There is a scene early in the film where Peachy (Michael Caine’s character) is describing his mate, Danny (Sean Connery). He says, “He’s a big man with lon...
by trolley
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Holder
Replies: 2
Views: 439

Re: Holder

I'd go with "holster".
by trolley
Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hagiographic
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: hagiographic

Good find, Ken. That's a keeper. It seems like there's a couple of different flavours in those quotes. On the one hand, it's a biography of someone who has been cannonized. On the other, it's a biography written in such an (overly?) reverent manner that it portrays the person in an awesome manner......
by trolley
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 73
Views: 39070

Re: Good Quotes

Many a good argument is ruined by some fool with an internet connection. No kidding. I remember the good old days when you could debate for hours in the pub over some minor bit of trivia or the results of a sporting event that took place twenty years before. Now, someone just pulls out their smartp...
by trolley
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: punctuation words
Replies: 8
Views: 1006

Re: punctuation words

"So it's New Englander, not British. I'da never thunk it."

That's curious. I've never heard an American use "full stop" for "period". I've never heard either (New-Englander or Old-Englander) use "great" for "capital" or "upper case".
by trolley
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: regulation
Replies: 6
Views: 649

Re: regulation

I was also going to mention Erik's notion that it sounds as if it was built by the regulations (user-built, owner-built) but we do have custom-built and purpose-built. Those do smell a little like regulation-built.
by trolley
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bricolage
Replies: 4
Views: 743

Re: bricolage

My first thought was that there had to be a connection to the term "bric a brac" but I don't see that anywhere.
by trolley
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toilet paper roll
Replies: 10
Views: 893

Re: Toilet paper roll

I just about spewed a nosefull of coffee on my keyboard when I read Steve's question and then I felt kind of bad for having such a twisted mind...I felt better after reading Bob's comment. Who's going to explain it when Steven asks "what's going on?"
by trolley
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Can't be arsed
Replies: 8
Views: 1080

Re: Can't be arsed

I always wondered about a "half-arsed effort". I don't ever recall any of my coaches winding us up with a pregame pep-talk about going out there and giving our full arse...