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by kagriffy
Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: no entry
Replies: 23
Views: 6972

no entry

But, Erik, a double negative (no, no Nanette) makes a positive!
by kagriffy
Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: f's for s's?????
Replies: 11
Views: 2539

f's for s's?????

Erik, judging by the various spellings (fpellings?) seen on junk mail at my house, perhaps I already do spell it "Grissy." Now that I think about it, maybe I've just always assumed (affumed?) my name is spelled with "Fs" because I didn't realize my birth certificate was printed in "old-style" script!
by kagriffy
Fri Nov 04, 2005 10:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: f's for s's?????
Replies: 11
Views: 2539

f's for s's?????

Well done, Russ (or is that Ruff?)!!!! I had completely forgotten that episode of one of my favorite "Brit-Coms"! Alice was one of the funniest characters (aside from the Vicar herself!) on that show.
by kagriffy
Tue Oct 18, 2005 5:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: legal limit
Replies: 45
Views: 12728

legal limit

I don't think I'd use the phrase "legal limit" at all, because (as Dale points out) it seems to be used most often in connection with alcohol. Instead, I would describe the situation by saying something like the following: "Many drivers are taking less than the legally mandated rest periods." (Dale,...
by kagriffy
Thu Oct 13, 2005 6:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: no entry
Replies: 23
Views: 6972

no entry

Phil, your response was excellent. I was simply attempting to clarify for "Please" that "smoking" and "parking" are not used as verbs in those examples. You took the answer much deeper than I could. I simply couldn't find the right words (or, I could find no right words!) to express the concept. And...
by kagriffy
Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: no entry
Replies: 23
Views: 6972

no entry

Actually, the verbs in your examples are NOT "affirmative" (whatever that means). "Smoking" and "Parking" are gerunds; they are not "affirmative" or "negative." (I might also point out that "entry" is not even a verb at all.) These aren't sentences; they are short, prohibitive phrases. I doubt you'l...
by kagriffy
Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: letter writing - declining a share of something
Replies: 9
Views: 3775

letter writing - declining a share of something

Gee, Erik, I would have thought the officials might want to see something like a picture ID, a birth certificate, or some other documentation to prove that you're the next of kin. Apparently, though, all you have to do is file an "affidavit" claiming to be the next of kin. ("It must be true: look, h...
by kagriffy
Thu Sep 01, 2005 2:27 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: HELP! Can anyone do maths?
Replies: 10
Views: 5004

HELP! Can anyone do maths?

This whole math issue reminds me of something I witnessed a few years ago. The church I was attending at that time had a day care center, and the day care workers weren't covered by Social Security (because of the tax-exempt status of the church). The church was preparing to "opt in" to Social Secur...
by kagriffy
Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: HELP! Can anyone do maths?
Replies: 10
Views: 5004

HELP! Can anyone do maths?

WOZ, you need to re-read Haro's post. He is quoting what the unions representing the wait staff said. I'm assuming (from his comment "This is not a joke") that he understands the distinction. He was simply pointing out another example of a group of people misusing math to "prove" their point. Sorry,...
by kagriffy
Wed Aug 24, 2005 9:21 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The spiriting story of an erable entity
Replies: 2
Views: 1924

The spiriting story of an erable entity

Erik, your story fed my satiable appetite for wordplay, which is some small feat. At first, I was gusted and a bit taken affront by the plot, but the more I read, the more lighted and lirious I became! Keep down the bad work!
by kagriffy
Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wetness
Replies: 10
Views: 3211

wetness

Aha!
by kagriffy
Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wetness
Replies: 10
Views: 3211

wetness

And, just to clarify, Erik, CDT is actually 5 hours BEHIND UTC, not 7 hours AHEAD of it. Central Standard Time is 6 hours behind UTC; when we go on daylight savings time, we're only 5 hours behind. I'm thinking this website doesn't use UTC as the time stamp; I think it uses the current time in the U...
by kagriffy
Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:19 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: For want of dreams
Replies: 7
Views: 2746

For want of dreams

That reminds me of a similar one: Did you hear about the dyslexic paranoid? He always has the feeling he's following someone!
by kagriffy
Wed Jul 06, 2005 5:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: body souffles and foot butters
Replies: 10
Views: 2125

body souffles and foot butters

Or maybe they're just a series of 12 "inch butters"! *G*
by kagriffy
Wed Jun 29, 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: turn of the century
Replies: 19
Views: 9727

turn of the century

So that means I live in a "turn of the century" house, because it was built in 1995! (I just don't have to tell anyone WHICH century!!!) *G*