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by JANE DOErell
Wed May 07, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: OK / okay
Replies: 20
Views: 13387

Anatoly Liberman discusses the 1839 citing of OK

Anatoly Liberman discusses OK, including some information on the 1839 citing of OK at http://blog.oup.com/2008/05/ok/.

OK has been discussed http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=15601 but I cannot figure out how to respond to that thread.
by JANE DOErell
Thu May 01, 2008 7:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: purchase
Replies: 27
Views: 6804

Re: purchase

I found this Arguments that children should not be separated from their mothers simply have no purchase in a circumstance where it is apparent that the mothers are incapable or unwilling to protect their children from sexual or other abuse. here http://writ.news.findlaw.com/hamilton/20080501.html to...
by JANE DOErell
Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Colour perception
Replies: 37
Views: 38946

Re: Colour perception

There is a somewhat serious discussion of some aspects of language and color perception at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/science/22lang.html?pagewanted=1 starting about midway down the first page. They discuss Russian vs. English and left vs. right field of vision in several not too overwhelming...
by JANE DOErell
Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pretty
Replies: 7
Views: 1909

Re: pretty

Among the definitions quoted I did not see 'close' or 'almost' as it in "It is pretty near lunch time." or "That coat is a pretty good fit."
by JANE DOErell
Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Lands!
Replies: 9
Views: 3174

Re: Lands!

I wonder if "Land a' Goshin" could be added to the list of minced oaths incorporating the word land.

I would not suggest it in the translation discussed in the OP without knowing more about the story.
by JANE DOErell
Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Southern black slang "stupid" - U.S.
Replies: 6
Views: 5253

Re: Southerrn Black Slang "Stupid" - U.S.

I was in the small town south in the 50s and as I recall Southern black slang for "stupid" would depend upon the audience. If the audience were black then a Southern black would call a stupid black "nigger". In a mixed audience or a white audience the [small town] Southern black would be rather quie...
by JANE DOErell
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: you have a lot of gall- or is it gaul?
Replies: 12
Views: 40081

Re: you have a lot of gall- or is it gaul?

Onelook's quick definition, about the third down "the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties" and MW's second "brazen boldness coupled with impudent assurance and insolence" are what the expression "you've got a lot of gall" brings to the mind of this old US geezer. I heard ...
by JANE DOErell
Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cute
Replies: 19
Views: 4577

Re: Cute

What's a norange juice...or a napron for that matter?
Looks for all the world like a dirty keyboard i.e. an orange juice, an apron, perhaps?
by JANE DOErell
Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Name of the Greek who said something about toxin related to dosage?
Replies: 3
Views: 2435

Re: Name of the Greek who said something about toxin related to dosage?

Thanks. In my mind it was Greek to me. But that is the information I was seeking.
by JANE DOErell
Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Dolphin speaks to whale ??
Replies: 12
Views: 4851

Re: Dolphin speaks to whale ??

An article in BBC News Magzine notes "...it is also possible that the whales just saw a vaguely similar creature and followed it." The article has some elaboration upon several theories of communication that might be of interest.

BBC News Magazine
by JANE DOErell
Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Name of the Greek who said something about toxin related to dosage?
Replies: 3
Views: 2435

Name of the Greek who said something about toxin related to dosage?

Some ancient Greek is supposed to have made a remark that became an English adage to the affect that the toxicity of something is related to the dosage.

I would like to find the name of the Greek and the English adage.
by JANE DOErell
Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: New Google format
Replies: 1
Views: 2099

Re: New Google format

I use the Google Advanced Search several times each morning. I did not see the new format that Dale mentions on the 9th until just a few minutes ago on the 12th.

Isn't this curious? The old format was in my cache or someplace until a few minutes ago perhaps?
by JANE DOErell
Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Google Scholar
Replies: 2
Views: 2452

Re: Google Scholar

I've an email to myself noting that I discovered scholar.google in November 2004 but don't recall ever using it. [ed-my note to self indicates a glitch at that time and it was my intention to return and never did.] [ed-New Google features are announced or discussed almost daily here http://googleblo...
by JANE DOErell
Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Test if I can post
Replies: 1
Views: 2281

Test if I can post

Yahoo sent my new password to spam folder. Buggers!
by JANE DOErell
Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: getting waxed
Replies: 10
Views: 6075

getting waxed

"[g]etting waxed" in the Western US usually refers to a body hair removal technique, usually done in salons. Most of the higher Google hits are related to body hair removal.