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by dalehileman
Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: glitch in algorithm
Replies: 15
Views: 8282

glitch in algorithm

Thank you mon, and I have indeed considered doing that, though I don't understand how you could not consider it a glitch for your work to be wiped out for no apparent reason. If all else fails, snapshotting is the obvious approach if only you remember every time; while I realize how tedious and diff...
by dalehileman
Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Australian English
Replies: 16
Views: 11502

Australian English

As hard-disk storage becomes cheaper and more capacious by leaps and bounds, I myself see nothing wrong with using it freely, as above; expatiating; digressing; straying off-thread once in a while, or copying and inserting pertinent materials from other sources, for instance. When I've done it, howe...
by dalehileman
Mon Feb 21, 2005 5:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fuzz = policeman
Replies: 14
Views: 5475

fuzz = policeman

Thank you all profusely; but can anyone suggest why Webster doesn't consider the term as slang
by dalehileman
Mon Feb 21, 2005 4:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: glitch in algorithm
Replies: 15
Views: 8282

glitch in algorithm

I just spent a half hour composing a followup, but when I went to submit it I got a message to the effect that the thread no longer existed, whereupon my reply was deleted
by dalehileman
Sun Feb 20, 2005 10:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bar wallet
Replies: 4
Views: 4024

bar wallet

Thanks guys
Yes, phil; we both possess a cat as well as a blue hat
by dalehileman
Sun Feb 20, 2005 4:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bar wallet
Replies: 4
Views: 4024

bar wallet

"The proliferation of one dollar bills that is the usual result of a night out on the town" This def is from three or four slang dictionaries in which I place no credence whatever since they copy from one another unmercifully It may be so named because many such wallets bear a gold bar as a logo, pr...
by dalehileman
Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: item3
Replies: 2
Views: 2154

item3

Ken where are you
This is an interesting Q and I'd like to know the A
by dalehileman
Sat Feb 19, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: S.H.I.T
Replies: 7
Views: 5903

S.H.I.T

Where's Ken when somebody needs to be browbeaten
by dalehileman
Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: magic eraser
Replies: 0
Views: 3162

magic eraser

1 Imaginary way to expunge mistake 2 Political mindset allowing one to rationalize his goof: "Politicians...are not always to account when their certitude proved wrong....Bush is hardly the first to take a magic eraser to assertions that prove flat out wrong"–News report 3 A product for cleanup or d...
by dalehileman
Thu Feb 17, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: testimony, testicles
Replies: 8
Views: 5083

testimony, testicles

Mel, thank you, I love it. I'm surprised, tho, that the Mavens of Absolute Conformity don't come down on you for the few bites of superfluous baggage it contributes to the archives. Heaven knows, if it were me, I would be condemned to the fires of eternal damnation Guess it's because I don't fight b...
by dalehileman
Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: option up
Replies: 4
Views: 2397

option up

Ken: Oops, sorry; what I failed to mention was that my query also contained the phrase "real-estate", and that's why I got only 25 hits

Any one else proffer an opinion whether the expression is merely idiomatic or instead qualifies as slang or neologism--thanks, guys
by dalehileman
Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: option up
Replies: 4
Views: 2397

option up

Ken: Since it was being used as a verb, I entered "to option up"

This gave me only a couple of dozen hits
by dalehileman
Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: anorak
Replies: 30
Views: 14888

anorak

Geek may be a shade closer (http://www.guardian.co.uk Guardian Unlimited | Notes and Queries)
by dalehileman
Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: option up
Replies: 4
Views: 2397

option up

A quick Googling suggests that this phrase literally means to provide or gain additional, better, or all (as in "buy up") options. "...revealing that it was a casino beforehand could have hurt or stopped...land acquisitions [and send] half the real estate brokers in town scurrying out to option up l...
by dalehileman
Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: testimony, testicles
Replies: 8
Views: 5083

testimony, testicles

Mel: I'm sure many of us would appreciate an explanation of your tag, indicating your tie to illusions and carpets. Too nuanced for me