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by dalehileman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 10:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 8960

up for it

Ken, sorry, I just realized what you meant, that my phrase "mertiting candidacy" was not very elegant. So here's a better one

up for--considered as eligible or as a possibility for (something): The Child is up for adoption; three actresses are up for the role--Random Unabridged
by dalehileman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 8960

up for it

28,800 hits on "up for reelection." 10,100 hits on "up for promotion."
by dalehileman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 6883

nuance

Thanks guys, I'm impressed by your diligence
As for "carafe," you're right, it's nonsense. A lot of blog threads are equally incomprehensible but seem to make sense to those who exchange them. I'm just not sufficiently nuanced to understand them
by dalehileman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: get off on
Replies: 5
Views: 4001

get off on

Thanks Phil for the very competent and concise reply
by dalehileman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 2:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The prefix 'pre-'
Replies: 4
Views: 5637

The prefix 'pre-'

It isn't clear whether you had already done the silly act; but if you hadn't I think it would be ok to use "pre-"
At least ok with me; But I'm awfully liberal
by dalehileman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 1:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 6883

nuance

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by dalehileman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 1:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 8960

up for it

Ken: "meriting candidacy" is another way of saying "up for it." Thus when I say "if anyone is up for it" I mean that the brother merits candidacy for the post of murderer. If I have a position available and you apply, then you are up for it
by dalehileman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 1:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: get off on
Replies: 5
Views: 4001

get off on

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by dalehileman
Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: making arbitrary rules
Replies: 11
Views: 6887

making arbitrary rules

lord over, strongarm, arm-twist, railroad, put the screws to, rule the roost, all your base are belong to us,

Often I've wished there were such a thing as a slang thesaurus. Maybe there is; but it would have to be enormous
by dalehileman
Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 8960

up for it

Meriting candidacy: "He was murdered yesterday. If anyone is up for it, surely it's his estranged brother"
by dalehileman
Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: get off on
Replies: 5
Views: 4001

get off on

Commonly this means "enthuse" as in "I really get off on horror movies." However it sometimes means (1) sidetrack: "When he tries to explain economics he will invariably get off on politics" or sometimes (2)rag on: "Don't get off on me about my pimples". Why are (1) and (2) so rare that I don't find...
by dalehileman
Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 10036

deswaddle

Would very much appreciate definitions of 'Merc style," "deswaddle," "pedal tv"
by dalehileman
Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 6883

nuance

Woz: I'll start collecting them forthwith. In the meanwhile, what's your take on my lone example.
by dalehileman
Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 6883

nuance

Not interested in origin but "newer" meanings. nuance seems to be popping up everyplace, where I get the feeling that the "old" meaning is getting stretched beyond recognition. Would you agree the following to constitute an example ...the way some pro-choice people talk about abortion...defiant...ce...
by dalehileman
Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 21244

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

Phil: You might want to check out "deconstruct" in the archives