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by JANE DOErell
Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Newspaper Names
Replies: 59
Views: 29227

Newspaper Names

The Times Picayune (http://www.timespicayune.com/) is an historic regional newspaper that occasionally gets some national attention because New Orleans often has some colorful or important news.
by JANE DOErell
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: global warming
Replies: 43
Views: 12552

global warming

From the nytimes.com science section with my emphasis :
For many years, the battle over what to think and do about human-caused climate change and fossil fuels has been waged mostly as a yelling match between the political and environmental left and the right.
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by JANE DOErell
Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:31 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Political websites
Replies: 32
Views: 9936

Political websites

On my screen Google has a links across the top e.g Web Images Video News Maps Gmail more. Clicking on 'more' gives a drop down menu which includes, among other things, 'blog search'. I would expect that something like the sort of thing you might be searching for might more likely be there, if indeed...
by JANE DOErell
Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Stephen Colbert
Replies: 29
Views: 9165

Stephen Colbert

I just assumed that Colbert's presidential campaign is just part of his shtick as defined in onelooks quick definitions. First, as already noted, it is not an uncommon thing for public personalities to do. A real run for the presidency is quite complicated. Even nonpolitical individuals with money a...
by JANE DOErell
Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Happy Dictionary Day
Replies: 12
Views: 3687

Happy Dictionary Day

Disclaimer, of course, the following discussion is for FireFox. I am told there is and IE version. I am told it don't work for Apple. Dictionary Day seems a good time to recommend an online source that is new to me [I have seen it linked on these forums but I have not seen the FireFox extension men...
by JANE DOErell
Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:08 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: "911" emergency in Australia
Replies: 6
Views: 2890

"911" emergency in Australia

We were watching a DVD, Sweetie (Criterion Collection) (1989), and at one point someone said call 911 during an emergency.

Does Australia use "911" for an emergency number or did the people who make Criterion Collection DVDs dub it for a US audience?
by JANE DOErell
Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boot hill
Replies: 14
Views: 4550

boot hill

Thanks. I switched browsers and "find on this page" worked, not in yellow but at least it found the word.

Still curious about the last question. "Do we have anything [other than gut feeling] to confirm the 'died with their boots on' part of the yarn" is the reason it was called boot hill?
by JANE DOErell
Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boot hill
Replies: 14
Views: 4550

boot hill

When I search here for the phrase boot hill I get... Language Discussion Forums / Word Origins and Meanings pop your clogs Archived Topic 9 208 12 Nov 2004 18:17:49 by: Archived Reply Jump to Last Post Archives / Word Origins and Meanings Archive shoot yourself in the foot Archived Topic 7 37 14 Oc...
by JANE DOErell
Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mustard
Replies: 7
Views: 2621

mustard

There is a post, currently nearby, about a "mustard tree". In some previous incarnation I studied horticulture and had never heard of a "mustard tree" so I went Googling and a question that I thought interesting is why is this tree, perhaps an Acacia, some call it "Salvador Persica" called "mustard....
by JANE DOErell
Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: @
Replies: 36
Views: 11587

@

Safire today quotes someone has listing these words for @: In Czech, it would be Zavinac, “a herring wrapped around a pickle”; in Hebrew, Shabul or Shablool, “snail”; Mandarin Chinese, Xiao Lao Shu, “little mouse”; Russian, Sobachka, “doggie”; Thai, Ai tua yiukyiu, “wiggling worm.”
by JANE DOErell
Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: @
Replies: 36
Views: 11587

@

A site calling itself 'Using special characters from Windows Glyph List 4 (WGL4) in HTML' (http://www.alanwood.net/demos/wgl4.html) calls @ "commercial at" Dictionary.com says "@". ASCII code 64. Common names: at sign, at, strudel. Rare: each, vortex, whorl, INTERCAL: whirlpool, cyclone, snail, ape,...
by JANE DOErell
Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Misdirected faxes
Replies: 20
Views: 6423

Misdirected faxes

I'm getting way out on a limb here but I thought that in the US their were once laws relating to faxing persons improperly. If your phone was also your fax then they could chew up a lot of dollars worth of paper with unwanted faxes. Health care people pondered the problem quite a bit because privacy...
by JANE DOErell
Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: aptronym / aptonym / euonym / charactonym / label name
Replies: 129
Views: 77657

Re: aptronym / aptonym / euonym / charactonym / label name

When I was a student at Arizona State University many decades ago there was an Apache named Harry Reddick. Football players delighted in entering a room and greeting him by name in a loud voice accented in all the right places for affect.
by JANE DOErell
Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "Thoughts and prayers are with --- "
Replies: 30
Views: 7809

"Thoughts and prayers are with --- "

Yes, Erik, I understood Ken has already answered your question: 1885...

I was attempting to convey my personal feeling that Ken's answer, 1885, should have been the end to this thread.
by JANE DOErell
Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "Thoughts and prayers are with --- "
Replies: 30
Views: 7809

"Thoughts and prayers are with --- "

Irrespective of who does what, with what and to whom, the forum and my OP are about words and phrase. I was interested in approximate dating of a specific phrase, now widely used.