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by Shelley
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A mannequin?
Replies: 5
Views: 3100

Re: A mannequin?

A less cumbersome (and more P.C. -- hi, WoZ! I'm baaack!) version is "dressmaker's form ". I was on a tour of the costume shop at Stratford, Ontario, Canada a couple of years ago, and they called the dressmaker's form a "Jenny". Don't remember the name for the male version: maybe Gerald. Probably no...
by Shelley
Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: More ballistics
Replies: 12
Views: 7329

Re: More ballistics

My father has the initial J. in front of his first name. It doesn't stand for anything. Just the letter J. His mother thought it added a distinguished note . . .
by Shelley
Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hold the Line
Replies: 54
Views: 21053

Re: Hold the Line

Thanks for providing that link, Phil. It is so painstaking and detailed -- I admire the dedication of the author/scholar/obsessive scribbler. The section you mention, on pages 13 and 14, seems to me to support the notion that Lines of Communication are any system of roads, connecting paths, "turnpik...
by Shelley
Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hold the Line
Replies: 54
Views: 21053

Re: Hold the Line

Bobinwales wrote:Of course, we may delay the answer to keep you with us.
Fair enough, Bob! Thanks for getting back to me.
by Shelley
Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Richard III
Replies: 3
Views: 4637

Re: Richard III

Outright prolonged snort, Bob.
by Shelley
Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: cakewalk
Replies: 26
Views: 23119

Re: cakewalk

Frosting . . . with lots of curling embellishments on it. (Ok, it's a reach.)
by Shelley
Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Heads up
Replies: 8
Views: 7414

Re: Heads up

Stagehands shout "HEADS!" when someone drops a hammer (or anything) from the catwalk (a grid way up high in the "fly space" above the stage). They also shout it when a piece of scenery starts to teeter, or if anything dangerous happens -- especially from above. "HEADS!" means immediately cover your ...
by Shelley
Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hold the Line
Replies: 54
Views: 21053

Re: Hold the Line

Howdy, folks. I've dredged up this ponderous discussion because my son is writing a paper on, among other things, the origin and history of hackney-coach regulations in 17th- and 18th-century London. The topic came to him as a result of a NY Times article on The Knowledge (exam) for London taxicab o...
by Shelley
Mon May 12, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Firm
Replies: 4
Views: 3463

Re: Firm

Those who end up hanging from a gibbet have "bought the farm" (a American idiom for dying, like "kicked the bucket"). After zmjezhd's contribution, this is the only connection I can make . . . No, that's wrong. Death and taxes, which cannot be avoided, are fixed payments (firmae). Therefore, the jun...
by Shelley
Sun May 11, 2014 5:05 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Holmes and Watson on the trail
Replies: 2
Views: 2153

Re: Holmes and Watson on the trail

Hah! Good one -- I didn't see it coming at all!
by Shelley
Sun May 11, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skiffle
Replies: 19
Views: 7917

Re: skiffle

Two years later: I spent the afternoon at a fantastic exhibit called "Ladies and Gentleman . . . The Beatles!" at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. It had everything -- unseen film clips, interviews, memorabilia, tour contracts, hotel bills, newspaper articles, buttons, lunch boxe...
by Shelley
Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The nouns: reveal vs. revelation / fail vs. failure / ask vs. request or question
Replies: 7
Views: 5155

Re: reveal (the noun)

trolley wrote:My daughter: "Oh Dad. That's an epic fail."
Me: "Why can't you kids use 'failure'?"
My daughter: "That's a good ask. Maybe you should Google it."
Outright, prolonged snort, Trolley!
by Shelley
Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ur- (the prefix)
Replies: 5
Views: 5462

Re: ur- (the prefix)

In the Bible, wasn't "Ur" the name of the very first place Abraham lived with his people before he was instructed to pack it all up and go west? The ur-homeland, sorta.
by Shelley
Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wooden spoon
Replies: 11
Views: 9019

Re: wooden spoon

. . . I got the wooden spoon many times as a youngster...I also got the hair brush, the yard-stick, and anything else that Mom could lay her hands on. It was a much simpler time. Hah! Me, too, trolley. Although, to be honest, it was merely the threat of the wooden spoon that sent us screaming to ou...
by Shelley
Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Little black book-update
Replies: 6
Views: 3592

Re: Little black book-update

So did Manfred Mann, by way of Burt Bacharach.