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by kagriffy
Mon Apr 25, 2005 5:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blue-haired
Replies: 5
Views: 1862

blue-haired

Think Vicky Lawrence in the infamous Carol Burnet sketches about Eunice and "Mama"! As Tim Conway's character (can't recall his name) once said, "LOVE YOUR BLUE HAIR, MOTHER HARPER!"
by kagriffy
Tue Mar 29, 2005 10:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Scotch (the adjective) / Scotch tape
Replies: 3
Views: 5719

Scotch (the adjective) / Scotch tape

But, Erik, if the pine tree air freshener in my car loses its string, I'll have to affix it to the mirror with tape. Then it will truly be a "Scotch pine"! GROAN!
by kagriffy
Fri Mar 04, 2005 7:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: of counts, accounts, and control
Replies: 3
Views: 1603

of counts, accounts, and control

Here in Illinois, the Comptroller is an elected official who is responsible for paying all the State's bills. In the 21 years I've worked for the great State of Illinois, I have NEVER heard anyone pronounce the official's title "controller." Here, it is always pronounced "COMP-troller." I never knew...
by kagriffy
Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: glitch in algorithm
Replies: 15
Views: 5428

glitch in algorithm

dale, your "browser" is Internet Explorer (or IE), assuming you're using that program to access the internet. When Hans Joerg says to open it "the same way you did before," he means to minimize your current window (click on the "minus sign" at the top), then click again on your IE icon on the deskto...
by kagriffy
Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mm and mL a wet question
Replies: 6
Views: 3618

mm and mL a wet question

I don't know about "Down Under," WOZ, but "Up Over" (at least in the good old USA), our rain falls in inches. (But I don't know if the inches or the rain is/are falling! *G*) According to my dictionary, however, there actually is a linear measure known as "mil": it's equal to .001 inches or .0254 mi...
by kagriffy
Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 7176

nondescript

I ALMOST agree with you, Ken. But, I have decided to withdraw my former vote and vote instead for 2/9: .222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222 . . . . Doesn't that look like the string of Zs that is used in cartoons to indicate snoring? How much more nondescript can you get than a number t...
by kagriffy
Mon Jan 31, 2005 7:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 7176

nondescript

I vote for 1/3. When written in decimal format, it becomes .333333333333333333 . . . . Keep writing the 3s long enough, and it becomes very boring/nondescript. Another contender might be "e," which is used in logarithms and is so nondescript I can't even remember what it stands for! *G*
by kagriffy
Thu Jan 13, 2005 7:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Meanwhile, on another part of the island...
Replies: 8
Views: 3083

Meanwhile, on another part of the island...

Perhaps the "another part of the island" expression has recently sprung up on one of the many websites devoted to analyzing the convoluted plot twists on ABC's "Lost"! Now that my daughter has me completely hooked on that TV show, I can easily understand how such an expression would become over-used...
by kagriffy
Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Meanwhile, on another part of the island...
Replies: 8
Views: 3083

Meanwhile, on another part of the island...

I doubt you'll find a definitive answer to the "certain" origin of this phrase, Jeanette, because I suspect it has been used in a number of bad novels over the years. I have never actually heard the version you mention; I've always heard, "Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . . ." That version has alway...
by kagriffy
Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: succotash
Replies: 7
Views: 3708

succotash

Actually, Ken, Sylvester's exclamation was "Thufferin' thuccotash"! Both Sylvester and Elmer Fudd had serious speech impediments. In today's more enlightened/sensitive age, Warner Brothers would never get by with making fun of lisping felines and "wascally wabbits"! *G*