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by kagriffy
Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: story / floor
Replies: 37
Views: 9697

story / floor

I've noticed that carpet retailers here in the US have changed, during the last ten years or so, the way they price the carpeting. Carpet used to be priced by the sqaure yard, but now it's priced by the square foot. I assume it's so those retailers can advertise a low per-unit price. And, unfortunat...
by kagriffy
Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 4753

Monty Hall Problem

Why, I'd pay upwards of FOUR hoots for that . . . don't answer yet . . . if you call in the next 20 seconds, we'll also throw in a set of ginsu knives . . . NOW, how much would you pay??????
by kagriffy
Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Life Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 3320

Life Insurance

The "Life Assurance" thing must be a UK thing. My father sold life INSURANCE (along with car insurance, property and casualty insurance, homeowner's insurance, crop-hail insurance, etc.) for about 25 years. I have never heard it called life ASSURANCE.
by kagriffy
Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Correct Intro
Replies: 20
Views: 5757

Correct Intro

Personally, I'd use # 2, but I'd leave off the "to you" at the end: "I'd like to introduce Professor Cavendish." The "you" is assumed from the situation. I would then give a SHORT list of pertinent facts, such as, "She was the first Native American Woman to hold the post of Exalted Chancellor of the...
by kagriffy
Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Life Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 3320

Life Insurance

I don't consider it an oxymoron. You buy insurance to insure yourself against some kind of loss or damage. Therefore, you buy life insurance to insure against the loss of life. You buy car insurance to insure against the loss of (or damage to) your car. You buy health insurance to insure against the...
by kagriffy
Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:28 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Australian dates for autumn, spring, summer and winter
Replies: 22
Views: 11294

Australian dates for autumn, spring, summer and winter

Here in Illinois, we're not quite that bad, Hans Joerg. We have all four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction!
by kagriffy
Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:19 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Diaspora , Greg Egan
Replies: 8
Views: 4372

Diaspora , Greg Egan

Actually, Shelley, my daughter read "Ender's Game" for recreation. I'm not really sure how she heard about it. (Since she has always been an avid reader, she probably just found it in a library or book store and decided to read it.) I just remember being proud that all my years of reading Sci-Fi had...
by kagriffy
Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:50 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Diaspora , Greg Egan
Replies: 8
Views: 4372

Diaspora , Greg Egan

My daughter introduced me to Orson Scott Card, by way of "Ender's Game" 6 years ago, when she was 14. I have since read just about every OSC book I can get my hands on. He is a Sci-Fi genius, although I actually liked his "Alvin Maker" series best (it's more fantasy than true Sci-Fi).
by kagriffy
Tue Jun 13, 2006 3:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: spellcheck highlighting
Replies: 16
Views: 5200

spellcheck highlighting

Um, dale, why not try "Tools," "Options," "Spelling & Grammar," then "Check spelling as you type"? Four simple clicks. Is it really worth it to write a "complex macro" for that? Am I missing something? I might not be seeing the whole picture, though, because the "wigglies" (as you call them) drive m...
by kagriffy
Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Coney Island; coney
Replies: 21
Views: 13095

Coney Island; coney

Ken, that is the only passage that specifically refers to the dietary laws and how they apply to Christians. However, there are several passages throughout the New Testament on the acceptance and role of Gentiles within the new Christian community. The Council of Jerusalem, for example, was convened...
by kagriffy
Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Coney Island; coney
Replies: 21
Views: 13095

Coney Island; coney

Ken, Christians aren't bound by the Jewish dietary laws because of a vision Peter had; it's recorded in Acts 10:9-16. While Peter was praying on the roof, he had a vision of a large sheet being lowered, full of "unclean" animals. He heard God's voice saying, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat." Peter refu...
by kagriffy
Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: white rabbits
Replies: 13
Views: 3690

white rabbits

Shelley, the "Rabbit, rabbit" version you remember from the 70s is the one I'm familiar with. The only place I had ever heard about it, though, was in the "Trixie Belden" series of mystery novels, which I read when I was in my early teens (early 70s). Trixie was kind of Nancy Drew wannabe; the serie...
by kagriffy
Sun May 28, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: pikas again
Replies: 13
Views: 5196

pikas again

Che, I have always related more to Wile E. Coyote for some reason: "Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Coyote, Wile E. Coyote, Genius."

Of course, when Bugs saw the "Wile E. Coyote, Genius" sign on his door, he knocked and said, "Are you in, Genius? In, Capable? In, Corrigible? . . ."
by kagriffy
Mon May 22, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: This Friday, next Friday
Replies: 21
Views: 20214

This Friday, next Friday

We had a similar discussion a few years ago on this site ( This Saturday/Next Saturday ) where you'll find Queen Meirav's dilemma on this same topic. By the way, what ever happened to Meirav? She seems to have disappeared off the face of WWLand!) I still contend (as I did in the archived topic) that...
by kagriffy
Mon May 22, 2006 2:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cattywampus
Replies: 6
Views: 2701

cattywampus

Surely, even Ozzies know a three-letter word for "donkey," WoZ. Just substitute that for the *** and you'll get the picture!