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by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Confusables: Polysemy, and Polysemy with Hyponymy
Replies: 4
Views: 3142

Re: Confusables: Polysemy, and Polysemy with Hyponymy

And the great teacher Confuse-us say: "He who does not define terms ends up with shorter holidays."
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Classmates
Replies: 3
Views: 2039

Re: Classmates

Predictably, I do not wish to be a member of any set I cannot strictly define. The use of the word classmate as a classmate of, for example, synonym and polyseme, is not (unless I'm mistaken) an invention of mine, but is used by Messrs Franklin AND Merriam-Webster (Collegiate Dictionary) in their ad...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'i' before 'e' except after 'c'
Replies: 15
Views: 7981

Re: 'i' before 'e' except after 'c'

Perhaps, as Phil says, The best exception of the lot is oneiromancies.
The way Old Farmer MacDonald insisted on spelling 'farm' must push it close.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Confusables: Polysemy, and Polysemy with Hyponymy
Replies: 4
Views: 3142

Re: Confusables: Polysemy, and Polysemy with Hyponymy

It depends on what you mean by extreme polysemy, Phil. :-) (That could be a lexeme)
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: put lipstick on a pig
Replies: 20
Views: 21641

Re: put lipstick on a pig

The Donkey Serenade was made famous by Alan Jones (Tom's father), who did appear with Harpo et al, who made a pig's ear out of just about everything.
It's probably just coincidence.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: put lipstick on a pig
Replies: 20
Views: 21641

Re: put lipstick on a pig

A related saying - a rather older proverb - compares a fine-looking person without moral character to 'a gold ring in a sow's ear'.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Confusables: Polysemy, and Polysemy with Hyponymy
Replies: 4
Views: 3142

Confusables: Polysemy, and Polysemy with Hyponymy

I’ve been researching the topic of confusables in English – a friend asked for some help. Mad! OK, the vocabulary stinks – but it’s what we’ve got to work with. I’ll start by defining terms, as they’re used in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language,1987ed lexeme : a unit of meaning (not always the s...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Classmates
Replies: 3
Views: 2039

Classmates

The only Google references to the use of this word to mean 'words referring to the same subject' that I can find are in advertisements or on-line manuals for especially the Franklin 'thesaurus +' (whatever they call it). It is however a useful term, and I'm wondering if it is becoming rather more ac...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: She wondered if ...
Replies: 5
Views: 2257

Re: She wondered if ...

The Leith Poleith dismisseth thee with a hypercorrection by analogy with the hypothetical conditional discharge.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Progression or degeneration?
Replies: 10
Views: 2942

Re: Progression or degeneration?

I've beenworkingon textedwallpaper 4 mobilehomes.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:25 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: a proud pop
Replies: 21
Views: 9627

Re: a proud pop

You just want him to invent a storage device that will contain your library data in a single building.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:16 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Say it ain't so
Replies: 32
Views: 11353

Re: Say it ain't so

The "Bobby on the Beat" used to be a significant deterrent to much crime in this country. I've often wondered why God doesn't send a few angels in festal gear to discourage foul behaviour and raise awareness of truth. When there were such powerful manifestations in the Old Testament histories, I sup...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: anthropodermic bibliopegy
Replies: 16
Views: 11868

Re: anthropodermic bibliopegy

I wonder if animal skin would work?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat May 31, 2008 11:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: anthropodermic bibliopegy
Replies: 16
Views: 11868

Re: anthropodermic bibliopegy

It's commoner than one might think - I've got quite a few handbooks myself.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat May 31, 2008 11:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: friending
Replies: 20
Views: 4115

Re: friending

I thought I was going to be safe with an undisputable figure for enemying.
I got 1280 Ghits.