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by JANE DOErell
Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Conversational Noises
Replies: 20
Views: 11130

Conversational Noises

At Tostmasters we called them "vocal hesitations". Google has a few hundred hits on the phrase. The people who do transcriptions from audio to paper have to deal with these vocal hesitations a lot. I don't know what they call them but I have seen mention of such things in discussions of transcriptio...
by JANE DOErell
Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: fags etc
Replies: 5
Views: 3142

fags etc

There is a moderately traveled blog, http://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com , by one who has traveled the opposite direction. I find it an interesting site to visit about once a week.
by JANE DOErell
Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shell corporation
Replies: 6
Views: 2565

shell corporation

I never heard of a "shelf-corporation" until today but there are many, perhaps hundreds of old mining corporations in the Western US that are just a file in a drawer until their holdings suddenly become worth something, usually because of an international shift in metal prices.
by JANE DOErell
Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: inch and foot
Replies: 5
Views: 2064

inch and foot

etymonline.com says, for inch " late O.E. ynce, M.E. unche (current spelling c.1300), from L. uncia "a twelfth part,"
by JANE DOErell
Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Digits for phone number
Replies: 24
Views: 6805

Digits for phone number

>>"I've never heard people talk about "dialling[sic] someone" either." Over here we are frequently reminded to "dial 911", is this the usage of dial that is being referenced? ed-[We frequently hear "call 911". In either case "dial" or "call" we depress one or three "keys" on the "keypad". (I suppose...
by JANE DOErell
Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: News usage to think about
Replies: 9
Views: 4256

News usage to think about

Washingtonpost

First paragraph: "Two airliners came within 8,000 feet of each other..."

Fourth paragraph: "No injuries were reported."
by JANE DOErell
Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gamp (jumper)
Replies: 27
Views: 7539

gamp (jumper)

A search of news.google for ~ gamp garment OR dress OR shirt OR blouse OR jumper gives several hits from the New York Times back in the 1890s (Reminder, news archive dates are frequently unreliable.) with such lines as " baby waist and gamp dress", "dress was worn also wlth a white gamp", "under the...
by JANE DOErell
Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: traffic light changes??
Replies: 25
Views: 6808

traffic light changes??

(Hopefully TF was being facetious.) The word is dyschromatoptic. The persons who have difficulty with the colors of the traffic lights probably have a form of dichromacy called Daltonism.
by JANE DOErell
Sun Dec 16, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoilt and conked out
Replies: 10
Views: 2716

spoilt and conked out

In parts of the US one very popular informal usage of "busted" is its meaning 'Bankrupt or out of cash or funds' In informal conversation if an automobile engine froze and the block cracked i.e. breaks open or apart suddenly and forcefully, we might occasionally say it "busted" but I don't think we ...
by JANE DOErell
Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Questions about words related to religions "dietary laws".
Replies: 13
Views: 4383

Questions about words related to religions "dietary laws".

What are the words related or analogous in nature, character, or function to Kosher and Rabbi in Islam?

Other religions?
by JANE DOErell
Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bee in the mouth
Replies: 10
Views: 3045

bee in the mouth

I am not familiar with the phrase but I recall from my youth on the farm that it was fairly common for dogs to snap at bees and sometimes catch one and get stung in the mouth. The response amused old farmers.
by JANE DOErell
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: lodgment
Replies: 6
Views: 2641

lodgment

Completely off topic but it seems it must be here to make any sense.

I have heard that long URLs that require horizontal scrolling like Dales link immediately above as of this posting are do not require horizontal scrolling if the viewer is using Vista.

Anyone here with Vista to confirm that?
by JANE DOErell
Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Questions about words related to religions "dietary laws".
Replies: 13
Views: 4383

Questions about words related to religions "dietary laws".

I've some questions about words related to "dietary law" in Judaism and Islam. We outsiders refer to the food conforming to dietary laws of the Jews as "Kosher". Presumably some "Rabbi" determines what is kosher and what is not. What words do persons practicing Judaism use for kosher and the Rabbi w...
by JANE DOErell
Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Zen and psyching oneself
Replies: 2
Views: 1985

Zen and psyching oneself

I recall a professor on speaking of William James refer to it as an "epiphany". See The American Heritage® [3]b. A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization:

I going to attempt to practice hyperlinking: epiphany

OK, the preview works, now I will post and....
by JANE DOErell
Sun Dec 02, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: "so much" as in the quote below
Replies: 4
Views: 2316

"so much" as in the quote below

I have emphasized "so much" in the following quote. "Death is a universal human experience, characterized by grief, loss, memory and hope. It seems poorly served to have it sensationalized and hung out like so much dirty laundry." It seems I have heard expressions of this sort all my life, seventy y...