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by kagriffy
Mon May 15, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: what is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 3390

what is this?

Ken, is poaching tigers done in the same way one poaches eggs?
by kagriffy
Sun May 14, 2006 12:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: faithfully / sincerely
Replies: 41
Views: 14778

faithfully / sincerely

Perhaps those "rules" still rule in the UK, but State-side, the most widely used business closing is "Sincerely." Note I did NOT say "yours sincerely," just "sincerely." This has been the standard in the business world here for at least the last 25 years.
by kagriffy
Fri May 12, 2006 11:59 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Pika's
Replies: 1
Views: 2359

Pika's

And this relates to "Word Origins and Meanings" how, exactly??????
by kagriffy
Fri May 12, 2006 3:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: whats this
Replies: 6
Views: 2802

whats this

Week-old french fries? Oh, wait, you said GREECE, not GREASE!
by kagriffy
Tue May 09, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: what does this mean?
Replies: 8
Views: 2465

what does this mean?

I'm not anywhere near Switzerland, and yet I was able to click Hans Joerg's link. Apparently, Cleo (aka "ancient chick") must be getting senile in her old age!
by kagriffy
Tue May 09, 2006 1:44 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: evening
Replies: 5
Views: 1436

evening

We WordWizards don't burn people, we'll just throw the book (a dictionary, of course), at you! lol
by kagriffy
Sat May 06, 2006 2:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bloody vs sodding
Replies: 31
Views: 8734

bloody vs sodding

Gee, Ken, I wish I had read your warning earlier, but it's too late. I now have a butter-stained carpet and a VERY upset cat! lol
by kagriffy
Wed May 03, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fix your wagon
Replies: 4
Views: 5166

fix your wagon

So, if the company was releasing its little red wagon today, it would call it "Ipod Flyer"?
by kagriffy
Mon May 01, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'try and' vs. 'try to'
Replies: 10
Views: 3819

'try and' vs. 'try to'

Ken, if your son is questioning BBC's use of "try and," their use is entirely correct, assuming, of course, that Microsoft's lawyer actually used that phrase. The phrase in question was part of a direct quote from the lawyer, NOT BBC's own statement. Whether grammatically correct or not, direct quot...
by kagriffy
Fri Apr 28, 2006 5:45 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Off-topic addendum to OED thread
Replies: 20
Views: 9278

Off-topic addendum to OED thread

Erik, the US News & World Report is a weekly magazine. Most magazines hit the newsstands several days (or even weeks) before the publication date. Weekly magazines are usually on sale at least 3-4 days ahead of the publication date, and monthly magazines are usually on sale at least 2 weeks ahead. (...
by kagriffy
Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Name for "Guardian"
Replies: 18
Views: 5650

Name for "Guardian"

How about "Aegis Insurance"? That certainly captures your idea about "protection," and it has a nice ring to it, don't you think? Your motto could be "Coverage even the gods rely on"! (OK, maybe the motto needs some work, but I still like the sound of "aegis.") [h]Posted - 10 Apr 2006 : 20:34:07[/h]...
by kagriffy
Sun Apr 09, 2006 3:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Name for "Guardian"
Replies: 18
Views: 5650

Name for "Guardian"

I got these suggestions for "guardian" from the thesaurus link on the WordWizard Home page: alarm clock, angel, attendant, babysitter, bird dog, Cerberus, champion, conservator, cop, curator, custodian, defender, escort, guard, keeper, nurse, overseer, paladin, patrol, preserver, safeguard, sentinel...
by kagriffy
Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Segway [segue -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 23
Views: 18913

Segway [segue -- Forum Admin.]

Yes, Bob, the Segway scooter does look exactly as you described. (I would love to try one, but I'm not about to shell out that much money for something so impractical!) However, I believe the word nubble is looking for is "segue," which is pronounced "SEG-way." My dictionary defines it as "an immedi...
by kagriffy
Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: triquarterly
Replies: 11
Views: 4095

triquarterly

Sounds to me like a fancy way of saying "monthly." Since a quarter is three months, something published three times in a quarter would be published once a month. Or am I missing something here?
by kagriffy
Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Slang words used for a soft drink
Replies: 8
Views: 9029

Slang words used for a soft drink

One of the standing jokes here is "You might be from Springfield (Illinois) if you go to Chicago and order a 'sodey' and no one understands you." I don't think I've really ever heard a Central Illinoisan call it "sodey," though; it's usually "soda." (We aren't quite THAT backwater hick here, you kno...