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by kagriffy
Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Reckanize
Replies: 40
Views: 8157

Reckanize

My father used to talk about something or someone being "a fur piece down the road." I would reply with "Really? Was the 'fur piece' a mink or a sable?" He would just give me a confused look, and it never did sink in enough for him to correct his pronunciation. As far as "recognize" being pronounced...
by kagriffy
Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: human race
Replies: 8
Views: 2962

human race

Harry, there may not be a Monkey Race or a Cow Race, but I can assure you, the Rat Race is still very much alive and kicking!
by kagriffy
Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: long-lived
Replies: 16
Views: 3091

long-lived

WOz, you wouldn't say a cat has nine lives and use the short "I" sound, would you? To me, the hyphenated- lived (whether it be "long-," "short-," or "nine-") sounds more like it refers to the length (or number) of the LIFE (long "I"), so it should also have the long "I" sound. "My ancestors all had ...
by kagriffy
Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Yes sirree Bob
Replies: 16
Views: 26136

Yes sirree Bob

What does a dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac do? Lies awake all night wondering if there is a Dog!
by kagriffy
Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: long-lived
Replies: 16
Views: 3091

long-lived

My dictionary lists the first pronunciation as rhyming "lived" with "dived" (long "I"), but it also lists a second pronunciation in which "lived" rhymes with "sieved" (short "I"), as Bob stated. I have actually heard it (and pronounced it) both ways, but the long "I" version always sounds stilted to...
by kagriffy
Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who / whom
Replies: 36
Views: 8100

who / whom

If someone can grasp the difference between I/me or we/us without needing intensive coaching . . . Erik, you're obviously giving more credit to people's "grasp" of this difference than I do. I can't begin to count the number of times I hear something along the lines of "they went with Sally and I" ...
by kagriffy
Sat Aug 12, 2006 9:25 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Film flimflam
Replies: 30
Views: 17486

Film flimflam

66. No matter what distant galaxy the alien beings are from, they will always speak fluent English. 67. These alien beings will have learned English from listening to our radio broadcasts (presumably the ones simulcast in English and the aliens' native language?). 68. All communications, even from t...
by kagriffy
Fri Aug 11, 2006 5:46 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Film flimflam
Replies: 30
Views: 17486

Film flimflam

37. When you suddenly burst into song over a seemingly trivial matter, not only will no one stare at you, but most of them will join in the song with you (and know all the words)! 38. No matter how long you stare at the telephone while it continues to ring, the person on the other end never hangs up...
by kagriffy
Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:35 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hey man, I gots ta know (Gerund versus gerundive)
Replies: 15
Views: 17044

Hey man, I gots ta know (Gerund versus gerundive)

Maybe that should have been QUIET(ly) competent.
by kagriffy
Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Hey man, I gots ta know (Gerund versus gerundive)
Replies: 15
Views: 17044

Hey man, I gots ta know (Gerund versus gerundive)

Yes, Phil, that was quite competent! ;-)
by kagriffy
Sat Jul 29, 2006 10:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: largest natural number revisited
Replies: 18
Views: 8360

largest natural number revisited

Ken, I would assume that the "in-between numbers" of which you speak would be named the same as the smaller "in-between numbers." For example, a one followed by 7 zeros is 10,000,000 or ten million. As in your example, you subtract 3, leaving you with 4. Divide that by three, and you get 1 1/3. Drop...
by kagriffy
Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 'No problem' instead of 'You're welcome!'
Replies: 61
Views: 13549

Use of the phrase "No Problem"

They served beer at your middle school, Slateman? Must have been a very progressive middle school.
by kagriffy
Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Meeting Hall Problem
Replies: 36
Views: 10925

Meeting Hall Problem

Dave (or is it da-VERB-a?): That's exactly the point. Mr. Cantor's answer would have to match someone else's (unless he shook hands with the doorman). But, when you pair up the numbers, you find that the couples are 8 & 0, 7 & 1, 6 & 2, 5 & 3, and 4 & 4. The only number that can be repeated is 4; th...
by kagriffy
Fri Jul 14, 2006 7:47 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Meeting Hall Problem
Replies: 36
Views: 10925

Meeting Hall Problem

I had tried diagramming this out, by using A and A' (A-Prime) for one couple, B and B' for the next, etc. I drew lines from each person to the person(s) whose hands he/she shook. I quickly realized that the one who shook 8 hands had to be married to the one who shook zero hands, but it didn't occur ...
by kagriffy
Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:45 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Meeting Hall Problem
Replies: 36
Views: 10925

Meeting Hall Problem

If Mr. Cantor asks all the others present (the remaining nine, including his wife) and gets a different (true) answer from each person , that means that the remaining nine people gave the answers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. I don't think that's possible, but I can't figure out how to prove or dis...