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by kagriffy
Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word origins
Replies: 8
Views: 2096

Word origins

Hmm, Cleo. Where exactly have you been looking for those word origins? If you had tried a dictionary (there are links to online ones on the Wordwizard home page), you might have found them. They won't just appear out of thin air; you'll have to look in the right places. (Hint: try looking up the roo...
by kagriffy
Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Asia
Replies: 3
Views: 1317

Asia

And, noel, it's really not proper netiquette to shout (aka type in all caps), especially when you're asking for help.
by kagriffy
Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Pigeons
Replies: 68
Views: 27755

Pigeons

Bob, obviously, Shelley's apartment was the one with snow on the balcony!
by kagriffy
Thu Feb 09, 2006 7:50 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Executing John
Replies: 4
Views: 2735

Executing John

Bob, I have to give this the epitome of pun ratings: it was a three-groaner!!! Loved it!
by kagriffy
Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Testing
Replies: 4
Views: 2945

Testing

I just tried it, and nothing happened. Here at work, I have Word 2003, maybe that's the difference. I'll try it at home tonight (I can't remember which version of Word I have at home) to see if anything happens.
by kagriffy
Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:33 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Pigeons
Replies: 68
Views: 27755

Pigeons

Phil's posting reminded me of a segment on the local news a week or so ago. (Our local news team is pretty much the laughing-stock of the city. Most major headlines go unnoticed by them until the newspaper has reported it--the following day, but if a snowflake is seen anywhere in the county, they wi...
by kagriffy
Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: cat whisker
Replies: 16
Views: 7805

cat whisker

Da Yoopers did record a Christmas song; the radio station I usually listen to played it several times over the Christmas season last month. The song is "Rusty Chevrolet," and it's to the tune of "Jingle Bells": "Rust and smoke, the heater's broke, the door just blew away. I light a match to see the ...
by kagriffy
Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Americanisms
Replies: 58
Views: 15275

Americanisms

Laurie, don't even get me started about how my fellow Illinoisans pronounce certain towns located in the Land of Lincoln! Just in the vicinity of Springfield, we have an Athens (pronounced with a long "A"), a New Berlin (pronounced "BURR-lin), and a San Jose (pronounced "san-JOE'S")! And, if you're ...
by kagriffy
Thu Jan 19, 2006 6:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The plural you in English
Replies: 9
Views: 3275

The plural you in English

Actually, it sounds like Etta really needs a word for the SINGULAR "you" that won't sound like she's inviting the entire group to lunch. Obviously, by using "you," the listeners inferred the plural form rather than the singular. Using "you-all" wouldn't solve that problem, because "you" still CAN be...
by kagriffy
Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Americanisms
Replies: 58
Views: 15275

Americanisms

As a life-long Illinoisan (the "s" is still silent), it irks me to no end to hear my state referred to as "ill-uh-noise"! The only time I've heard St. Louis pronounced without the ending "s" is in the song, "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louie" or, occasionally, as a joke. I used to pronounce Missouri as "M...
by kagriffy
Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Proper sentence?
Replies: 30
Views: 9019

Proper sentence?

Obviously you haven't seen the police force here in Springfield, Illinois! Chief Wiggam is alive and well here! Even though we don't have a volcano, a monorail, or a Tire Fire ("Now Smelled in 46 States!"), I still contend that ours is the TRUE Springfield of the Simpsons. Here are some of the reaso...
by kagriffy
Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Americanisms
Replies: 58
Views: 15275

Americanisms

It's not just a St. Louis thing, Norton. A large number of Midwesterners (especially from South-Central Illinois, where I grew up) put an "r" in "wash." It took me years of practice to get rid of it.
by kagriffy
Tue Jan 10, 2006 4:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Americanisms
Replies: 58
Views: 15275

Americanisms

Here in the Midwest, there is generally no distinction between the pronunciations of an ink PEN and a safety PIN (or TEN and TIN, WIN and WHEN, etc.). Most Midwesterners pronounce them all with the short "i" sound. I had a friend in college who was originally from upstate New York. She thought it wa...
by kagriffy
Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Dagnabit!
Replies: 2
Views: 1492

Dagnabit!

Yosemite Sam (from the Bugs Bunny cartoons) uses it frequently.
by kagriffy
Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: securitize
Replies: 13
Views: 1958

securitize

lol, WOZ!!!! My guess is that the Babelfish assigned to the Neolorgasts all committed suicide!