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by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat May 31, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ..or no?
Replies: 16
Views: 6123

Re: ..or no?

I thought you were more concerned with getting to the village inn, Bob, isn't it?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat May 31, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the longer time we have to spend over education
Replies: 12
Views: 2955

Re: the longer time we have to spend over education

I've never heard the construction myself, Jerry - only overspend.
It sounds like teachers are going to be up in arms again.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri May 16, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: member of the public
Replies: 19
Views: 5315

Re: member of the public

A member of the public is/was anybody except Groucho Marx: "I don't want to be a member of any organisation that will accept me as a member."
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon May 12, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: google and sms
Replies: 16
Views: 8195

Re: google and sms

I'm guessing here, but I think that new verbs, where to do so makes sense, tend to become ditransitive by analogy with accepted forms; thus "Read me it." ("Read it to me.") "Give me it." "Send me it." ........ "Mail me it." or "Post me it." "E-mail me it." In a "Peter Maxwell" novel by M J Trow, the...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon May 12, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Libertarian
Replies: 8
Views: 4585

Re: Libertarian

A Libertarian is someone who declares an amnesty on overdue books.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon May 12, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hashing
Replies: 8
Views: 2490

Re: hashing

This Saturday, the annual event known as the (Saddleworth) (Round Table) Beer Walk takes place in the Saddleworth District of Oldham - a 35-year tradition. Perhaps only in this neck of the woods could there be a sponsored pub-crawl (sponsor-money, hopefully gross, goes to charities of the participan...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon May 12, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hello Hullo allò
Replies: 17
Views: 7731

Re: Hello Hullo allò

Didn't the ubiquitous Schwa meet its end at the beak of the frumious Bandersnatch?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon May 12, 2008 10:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hand in Marriage
Replies: 17
Views: 4705

Re: Hand in Marriage

Before which they're footloose and fancy-free.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri May 02, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Linguistic fun
Replies: 8
Views: 4555

Re: Linguistic fun

Certainly some might think that the election of BJ as Mayor is a new form of capital punishment.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri May 02, 2008 11:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: swinging sixties London/UK slang dictionary
Replies: 10
Views: 8189

Re: swinging sixties London/UK slang dictionary

An Aborigine hunter would be unthinkable without his rhyming slang.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri May 02, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Things are hot in Lesbos
Replies: 8
Views: 4096

Re: Things are hot in Lesbos

It's to be hoped that natives of the Isle of Man don't file a similar objection.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: damned if you do, damned if you don't
Replies: 7
Views: 6783

Re: damned if you do, damned if you don't

There's a Charles Addams cartoon with a senior demon seated at a desk, sorting resumes for potential clients into two piles, OMISSION and COMMISSION . A very famous man pointed out that it was the self-appointed judges who were in the most perilous condition - "John (the Baptist) has an ascetic life...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Phrasal verbs
Replies: 15
Views: 6667

Re: Phrasal verbs

Verbal diarrhoea is not unheard of.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: GHOTI
Replies: 6
Views: 2601

Re: GHOTI

Keating's Inspector Ghote was never suspected of fitting up suspects.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anachronisms in translations
Replies: 6
Views: 2794

Re: anachronisms in translations

I may be wrong, but I don't think that the word Trinity occurs in any English translation of the Bible, whereas pajamas and boomerang (and a colloquialism for house of ill repute) appear in The Message.