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by kagriffy
Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: see you
Replies: 18
Views: 7128

see you

This whole concept reminds me of "Romper Room," which was an "educational" TV program in the US in the mid- or late 60s. The hostess of the show had a "magic mirror," and each day's program would end with something like "I see Billy; I see Suzie; . . . ." Every boy named Billy and every girl named S...
by kagriffy
Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pullet surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 4113

Pullet surprise

So was the Earl a social eel or an antisocial eel? *G*
by kagriffy
Thu Jun 16, 2005 9:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pullet surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 4113

Pullet surprise

I seem to recall that "mondegreen" is a mis-hearing of a line of poetry (but I can't think of the poet or the poem). It was something to the effect that some one had died, and they "laid him on the green," which was mis-heard as "Lady Mondegreen." Now it's bugging me: what is the poem, who is the po...
by kagriffy
Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 4864

double superlatives

Actually, Shelley, the logo on my superhero costume is a giant apostrophe: I'm known as "Possessive Man"! "Look, in the sky, its a bird, its a plane . . . no, wait, IT'S a bird, IT'S a plane . . . IT'S Possessive Man!" *G*
by kagriffy
Fri Jun 10, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 4864

double superlatives

The misuse of the apostrophe (both putting it where it doesn't belong and leaving it out where it DOES belong) is one of my biggest pet peeves. (Or is that pet peeve's . . . peeves' . . . peeves's?) I especially get completely irate at the misuse of "its" and "it's"!!! For several years (I think the...
by kagriffy
Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 4864

double superlatives

A panda walks into a bar . . . . (Stop me if you've heard this one!) I absolutely LOVED "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"! The other night, one of the cable channels was advertising the movie of the week: "Two Weeks Notice," and I felt an overwhelming urge to paint a giant apostrophe on my TV screen! *G*
by kagriffy
Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?
Replies: 14
Views: 6214

Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?

According to my calculations, Bobinwales, if you will be 100 in 2147, that makes you NEGATIVE 42 right now???? I'm guessing that you'll actually be 100 in 2047, but anything's possible, right?
by kagriffy
Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skinnymalink(s) / skinny malink(s) / skinny marink(s) / etc.
Replies: 23
Views: 34115

skinnymalink(s) / skinny malink(s) / skinny marink(s) / etc.

I KNEW that song sounded familiar! My daughter loved "The Elephant Show" when she was about 3 or 4, and we had to watch it over and over and over . . . . Great! Now "One elephant went out to play, upon a spider's web one day . . ." will be stuck in my head for the rest of the week! *G*
by kagriffy
Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'In back of' vs.' behind'
Replies: 13
Views: 6869

'In back of' vs.' behind'

I have to disagree with Russ on one point. I don't think I'd ever say "I'm in back of you." I think I would use "behind," and I wouldn't necessarily mean directly behind. For example, if I were driving while talking on my cell phone with a friend (who is also driving), I might say "I'm behind you" t...
by kagriffy
Wed May 25, 2005 7:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Afrocentric and Eurocentric
Replies: 16
Views: 10187

Afrocentric and Eurocentric

I don't think my eels (the social ones or the antisocial ones) have lenses. I might view things differently due to my different mores, however! *G*
by kagriffy
Fri May 20, 2005 5:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Base 36
Replies: 14
Views: 14010

Base 36

Knowledge of different base systems can come in handy. I remember as a kid, when we'd play hide-and-seek, I'd count to 100 using a base 5 system: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, . . . 43, 44, 100! Ready or not, here I come! Of course, I could have saved even MORE time by using the binary system:...
by kagriffy
Wed May 18, 2005 9:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bailiwick
Replies: 13
Views: 4035

bailiwick

I think chavagrace was confused by the question in psbeyer's original post: Is "wick" ME for town or village? In the question, ME stood for Middle English, but chavagrace must have thought it referred to the abbreviation for Maine.
by kagriffy
Wed May 18, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: punching dogies / cowpunching
Replies: 5
Views: 8307

punching dogies / cowpunching

I have always preferred the Loony Toons character Yosemite Sam's version of the song: "Oh, I can't get along little dogie; I can't even get one that's small. I can't get along little dogie; I can't get a dogie at all!" *G*
by kagriffy
Fri May 06, 2005 8:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 6604

three on a match

Shelley, I wish I could get the smokers around here to "fieldstrip" THEIR butts, rather than just flinging them out car windows or on the sidewalks! When I take a walk in downtown Springpatch during lunch hour, I have to be on constant alert to avoid being hit by "butt shrapnel"--many of them still ...
by kagriffy
Tue May 03, 2005 8:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Name of word puzzles?
Replies: 8
Views: 5179

Name of word puzzles?

"Games Magazine" refers to these as "Wacky Wordies."