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by spiritus
Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Olympics [winningest]
Replies: 22
Views: 11953

Re: Olympics [winningest]

... hell, if you're setting out to offend people's linguistic sensibilities, you ought at least to do so shamelessly! With that context in mind, I think, when one is determined to offend people's linguistic sensibilities, "...you ought at least to do so with extreme shamelessness ". ;-) (Thank you ...
by spiritus
Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Olympics [winningest]
Replies: 22
Views: 11953

Re: Olympics [winningest]

The writings of native English speaking sport journalists, would seem to indicate that the informal adjective, winningest , has a well-established and useful application. Every sports writer worth her salt (or sweat) knows English is an isolating language. Within her speech community, the sports rep...
by spiritus
Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: I was taking a degree in Business Communication for only three years
Replies: 12
Views: 3431

Re: I was taking a degree in Business Communication for only three years

(polite, throat clearing, cough...)

Philhunt,

Thank you for the clarification. As you make abundantly clear, the meanings and usages of the phrase in question are obviously a matter of degrees.

(My apologies to all for not resisting that.)
by spiritus
Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:32 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: on the down-low
Replies: 13
Views: 5447

Re: on the down-low

Hmmm...

Ken,

Some of the definitions are suggestive of the truly low-down...and that's on the up-and-up.
by spiritus
Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: looking for a word
Replies: 18
Views: 4428

Re: looking for a word

Mettersi in disparte , even when charmingly done, does not provide assurance of friendship. Moreover, "to self-efface", might prompt others to feel sorry for the effaced. However, the act of effacement does not endow one with the ability to always select and use the "right" word when conveying an i...
by spiritus
Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: on the down-low
Replies: 13
Views: 5447

Re: on the down-low

Keep this on the down-low. I counted six squares.
by spiritus
Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: looking for a word
Replies: 18
Views: 4428

Re: looking for a word

Hello Erik, Bobinwales, Phil W., Philhunt, Shelley, and trolley. I will not tell you how much I've missed each of you. Period. May abundant blessings be bestowed upon all the deserving. The blessed undeserving have my admiration and I envy them for possessing the skill-sets needed to secure unearned...
by spiritus
Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: I was taking a degree in Business Communication for only three years
Replies: 12
Views: 3431

Re: I was taking a degree in Business Communication for only three years

I read the post, opened Notepad and prepared my reply. Returned to Wordwizard and noted russcable had just replied. Dammit! ---and ditto.
by spiritus
Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:51 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: looking for a word
Replies: 18
Views: 4428

Re: looking for a word

I feel sorry for you.
by spiritus
Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: looking for a word
Replies: 18
Views: 4428

Re: looking for a word

The Great Change is occurring. Post-modern is the modern paradigm posted. Language is confounded, meaning implodes and Babel is found; the town without tower. The world shifts, squeaking with one tongue, speaking to Self, "Pity me --- a compounded lexeme: pathospersona".
by spiritus
Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Political rhetoric of "politics" and the "political"
Replies: 10
Views: 2791

Re: Political rhetoric of

In spite of its reputed biases (notwithstanding typical Op-ed, where outright partisanship is excused by the First Amendment), for the most part the media strives to be fair in its coverage. However, deep, dark subconscious motivations often surface in otherwise routine news stories; from the ink-s...
by spiritus
Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gift of [the] gab (Forum ed.)
Replies: 19
Views: 7043

Re: gift of [the] gab (Forum ed.)

Thank you Erik.
by spiritus
Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gift of [the] gab (Forum ed.)
Replies: 19
Views: 7043

Re: gift of [the] gab (Forum ed.)

Ken Greenwald wrote:
And here I thought I was on to something. (>:)
____________________

Ken G – March 20, 2008
Well Ken, according to the song, Oz did not give the Tin Man what he did not already have. (:-)
by spiritus
Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gift of [the] gab (Forum ed.)
Replies: 19
Views: 7043

Re: meaning of expression

Erik,
This 'gab' of which you speak, could you tell me something of its origin?