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by JANE DOErell
Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pork chop and beef steak
Replies: 15
Views: 6330

pork chop and beef steak

In much of the US a good piece of meat from the same part of the animal; but from the pig it is called a "pork chop" and from the cow it is called "beef steak". We occasionally see an exception in "pork steak" but it is rather rare, at least in the Mountain West. Both "chop" and "steak" referring to...
by JANE DOErell
Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Rule of thumb
Replies: 5
Views: 2425

Re: Rule of thumb

Mel wrote: I recently heard it explained ...
Mel, [big grin here] as a rule of thumb, don't rely on explanations that you recently heard.
by JANE DOErell
Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The most foul word in the Russian language?
Replies: 19
Views: 9287

The most foul word in the Russian language?

From todays, Saturday 23 Aug 08, nytimes.com. I will link below but I don't know how long the link will be valid. "...The driver’s face, grease-streaked and tired looking, jutted from the hatch. "A cigarette hung from his mouth. "He swore, uttering the single, unprintable syllable that is the most f...
by JANE DOErell
Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: fauxtography
Replies: 11
Views: 4947

fauxtography

I came upon fauxtography for the first time today. It refers to photographs that have been "photoshopped" we might say to represent something that is not true. The example of the word came up in a discussion of Iranian missiles. The Iranians apparently had a picture of three missiles fired at one ti...
by JANE DOErell
Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Articles for locations
Replies: 22
Views: 4029

Re: Articles for locations

This may not be exactly what you are discussing. In the unlike event that you do not already know about this http://www.languagehat.com/archives/003203.php titled "THE" + FREEWAY with links to links that in turn have links.
by JANE DOErell
Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: on the down-low
Replies: 13
Views: 5447

Re: on the down-low

Something tells me I do NOT want to click on dalehileman's link. Go over to onelook.com and search for down-low and click on the wicki link. Then on the wicki page there is a link to down-low MSM. This was, as of today, and insofar as I know, the most accurate definition of how down-low is currentl...
by JANE DOErell
Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skin game (fraud or swindle)
Replies: 15
Views: 13209

skin game (fraud or swindle)

Dictionaries such as MW and AHD give definition for "skin game" as: NOUN: Slang 1. A fraudulent gambling game. 2. A swindle. MW gives us a date in the 19th century but neither explains why a "skin game" means a swindle. I was watching a Hitchcock movie titled "Skin Game" and the plot was about a ser...
by JANE DOErell
Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuke the fridge
Replies: 8
Views: 3419

Re: nuke the fridge

The nytimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/busin ... odayspaper has a discussion of origin and current use of "nuke the fridge". I believe the origin discussion has already been discussed above but the discussion of the scope of current popularity may be new.
by JANE DOErell
Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: death ride
Replies: 11
Views: 2839

Re: death ride

by JANE DOErell
Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fowl Play?
Replies: 8
Views: 4344

Re: Fowl Play?

Isn't "fowl play" in this case what linguists call an "eggcorn". No play on the words fowl or egg. I think this is an eggcorn. Perhaps?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggcorn
by JANE DOErell
Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Not by a long chalk.
Replies: 4
Views: 3066

Re: Not by a long chalk.

Quinion discusses it herehttp://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-not2.htm

I had never hear the expression but the scoring of games immediately came to mind when I read the topic line.
by JANE DOErell
Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finding markets
Replies: 12
Views: 6375

Re: Finding markets

I edited out the Forbes link and posted another link to the disembowelment above. Google has cached the second link I posted so it should be valid much longer, I think.

According to forum protocol should I have posted the new information here or referred back to the edit above?
by JANE DOErell
Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finding markets
Replies: 12
Views: 6375

Re: Finding markets

The disembowelment was a big story. About 125 ghits at news.google. Here is an attempt to post a link to one: Tried and failed. Here is another attempt. http://wcco.com/topstories/Minneapolis.Golf.Club.2.368697.html "The suction had caused a two-inch tear in her rectum and had basically disemboweled...
by JANE DOErell
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:27 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Email etiquette
Replies: 19
Views: 6273

Re: Email etiquette

I am not a knee jerk advocate for the handicapped and disabled but whenever I see a message entirely in upper or lower case the thought always passes through my mind that the person might be temporarily or permanently handicapped. But in addition to all the above excuses for not using cap/lowercase ...
by JANE DOErell
Thu May 15, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shellacking
Replies: 8
Views: 6400

Re: shellacking

I remember shellac and shellacking from childhood, 1940s, and I had never bothered to think of the two words as having anything do do with one another. One was a furniture finish and the other was a threatened discipline. Interesting.