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by Shelley
Fri May 13, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nosy body / nosy-body
Replies: 7
Views: 7677

nosy body / nosy-body

This is really unscholarly of me. I went to your link re: "sliding pond". Hmmm. How in the world would someone attach the word pond to a slide? Unless it was a slide ending in a pool? Then I remembered Grandma's word for the blanket you take to the beach or on a picnic: a sit-upon. (She would have p...
by Shelley
Fri May 13, 2005 6:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nosy body / nosy-body
Replies: 7
Views: 7677

nosy body / nosy-body

Out of curiosity, I searched WW for "nosy parker" and, while I didn't get the origin of the phrase, I got a wonderful archive on "Tonstant Weader" (aka Dorothy Parker). Nosy-body sounds weird to me – like someone is putting busybody and nosy together. Sounds like one of the many words and phrases th...
by Shelley
Thu May 12, 2005 3:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: New Twists on Famous Phrases
Replies: 9
Views: 6803

New Twists on Famous Phrases

For those from New York City and environs:
NOUS SOMMES PERDUE = we are (lost) chickens!
by Shelley
Tue May 10, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: denim and corduroy
Replies: 21
Views: 4311

denim and corduroy

Thanks, Bobinwales. I definitely drifted off onto the rumble track with that one! 'Scuse me, haro, for calling your call an "interpretation" that was "probably right". (I'll go back to my place with the pre-schoolers now!)
by Shelley
Tue May 10, 2005 3:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: denim and corduroy
Replies: 21
Views: 4311

denim and corduroy

Haro, when I read your post about corduroy in the context of road improvements, I thought of the ribs that are built into the road surface at the shoulder. They make a loud buzzing noise when you drive over them, and are intended to wake you up if you start drifting off the side of the road. They ar...
by Shelley
Tue May 10, 2005 2:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of the usage P.U.
Replies: 14
Views: 5795

origin of the usage P.U.

Hi -- I hate to be contrary, but I think Pepe Le Pew is a Looney Toons character, not a Disney invention. Cheers!

(Thanks Shelley - you're right. I've corrected the error in my above comment.)
by Shelley
Fri May 06, 2005 7:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 4635

three on a match

Another note about cigarette etiquette (say that five times fast) in the trenches: soldiers were taught to "fieldstrip" their butts (cigarette butts, that is) to avoid leaving evidence of their presence around (paper and, beginning with WWII, filters). This involved gently rolling the butt between t...
by Shelley
Thu May 05, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 4635

three on a match

This topic is the reason I decided, after 5 or 6 years of "just looking", to join up. Yes, the cigarette itself does emit a glow, and soldiers avoided detection while smoking a cigarette by "cupping" the burning end to hide the glow. That's why you see guys in war movies holding the cigarette betwee...
by Shelley
Thu May 05, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just joined site!
Replies: 14
Views: 2713

Just joined site!

I, too, just joined the club after visiting this site almost daily for the past five years or so. I posted anonomously once. I had a false start with registering, but now I'm in and naturally had to look at "just joined site!" How amazing: I get here and people are talking about Michigan, my home st...