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by kagriffy
Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:53 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The elephant in the room
Replies: 11
Views: 2286

The elephant in the room

Meirav, could that be you, our long-lost Woowooland Queen???? Long time, no see!!! I guess you must finally be back from your self-imposed retreat (and with a new surname to boot?)! Welcome back!
by kagriffy
Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: home vs house
Replies: 13
Views: 3659

home vs house

Sorry, gdwdwrker, that's "BOUQUET"!

(And no, this is NOT the Chinese Take-Away!)
by kagriffy
Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: apostrophe
Replies: 21
Views: 6422

apostrophe

I wouldn't go so far as to say your wife was PROVEN CORRECT by Spell Check. It's been my experience that most Spell Checks don't really recognize the apostrophe (except in very common contractions, such as "don't" or "won't"). My guess is that it looked at "Camp'in" and saw it as two words separated...
by kagriffy
Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: samphire [semper fi ?? -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 6
Views: 3151

samphire [semper fi ?? -- Forum Admin.]

Could Cas be referring to "Semper Fi," the rallying cry of the US Marines? (It's short for "Semper Fideles," which means "Always faithful" in Latin.) I've heard it pronounced both "Semper FEE" and "Semper FIE"; the second one might be misunderstood as "samphire."
by kagriffy
Mon Dec 04, 2006 11:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: preposition
Replies: 8
Views: 2393

preposition

Erik, you've hit on (yet another) one of my pet peeves: the misuse of "capital" and "capitol." Living in the Capital City of Illinois, you would think Springfieldians would know the difference. Unfortunately, there are misspellings all over the place. One of the most distressing (at least to me) was...
by kagriffy
Sat Dec 02, 2006 11:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: possessive
Replies: 19
Views: 4191

possessive

OK, Shelley, I'm going to have to put my POSSESSIVE MAN uniform on one more time. Today, I had to drive my roommate to work, because his car broke down. He works at one of Illinois' fine correctional centers (as a Food Service Supvervisor). After I dropped him off, as I was pulling out of the parkin...
by kagriffy
Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Controller, comptroller, manager
Replies: 17
Views: 4380

Controller, comptroller, manager

I don't know about the specific roles of each, but here's an interesting tidbit: Although my dictionary says both "controller" and "comptroller" are pronounced the same ("controller"), here in Illinois we have a State-wide elected official called the Comptroller. It is ALWAYS pronounced "COMP-trolle...
by kagriffy
Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: possessive
Replies: 19
Views: 4191

possessive

"He," Shelley??? I think Possessive WOMAN is alive and well in the form of Lynn Truss, the author of "Eats, Shoots and Leaves." She is the one who wanted to deface the movie poster for "Two Weeks [sic] Notice" by adding the missing apostrophe!!!! Thanks for thinking of me, though.
by kagriffy
Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fair
Replies: 23
Views: 3573

fair

And let us not forget Viola, whose intelligence far exceeds us mere mortals!
by kagriffy
Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: URL
Replies: 7
Views: 1879

URL

dale, you're welcome. I don't know WHY I know what URL stands for, but it will come in handy if that question ever comes up in Trivial Pursuit!
by kagriffy
Sat Nov 04, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: URL
Replies: 7
Views: 1879

URL

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, but it is, as Harry stated, the address of a website. (That's the part like "http://www.wordwizard.com/") What the quote you gave above means is that a user of that forum can post URLs (that is, post a link with a specific web address that will redirect users...
by kagriffy
Tue Oct 03, 2006 10:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wheatear
Replies: 7
Views: 1506

wheatear

Um, dale, it's not an "expression" or a "metaphor." It's merely a humorous anecdote. In the article, she is saying her husband's collection would be fine if he were a male wheatear; the size of the collection would impress a female wheatear.
by kagriffy
Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: super-duper
Replies: 6
Views: 4657

super-duper

Bob, Fred Astaire did the "definitive" version? I think not. That honor of course goes to the Monster in Young Frankenstein! ;-)
by kagriffy
Mon Sep 18, 2006 6:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Web Scam
Replies: 8
Views: 4799

Web Scam

My profile is set to not allow e-mail from other members. However, I just got the Nigerian scam letter from ami55 in my PRIVATE MESSAGES! Naturally, I immediately replied and provided all my bank account information, so I could claim my 10% of the $9,000,000. I can't wait to withdraw my entire share...
by kagriffy
Mon Sep 18, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Reckanize
Replies: 40
Views: 7657

Reckanize

Bob, you'll have to come ear to say that, because I don't ear very well out of this ear. I know I don't ear as well as I did last ear at this time! ;-)