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by Shelley
Tue Jul 19, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: menstruate
Replies: 7
Views: 2393

menstruate

Doris, go to http://www.mum.org and you will find out everything you (n)ever wanted to know about this topic. I found it by searching "19th century women's history and feminine hygiene", although I haven't explored it much. Since you've moved beyond merely naming "it" and want to know about "managem...
by Shelley
Sun Jul 10, 2005 9:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Doesn't have the chops. . .
Replies: 7
Views: 5603

Doesn't have the chops. . .

This is so interesting! Of course, "chops" => mouth, teeth, -- Louis (Armstrong?) . . . 'getting his chops set'. I get it. Ax (axe) => sax. Sure! It all fits when you put in the context of wind or brass instruments. (I got ax for guitar, because I knew this guitar player once who called himself Ax-m...
by Shelley
Sat Jul 09, 2005 12:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Doesn't have the chops. . .
Replies: 7
Views: 5603

Doesn't have the chops. . .

In searching this on WW, I looked at a discussion about words that had changed meaning in the past decade ("thread", for example), and Ken Greenwald included this about "chops" I happened to be looking at either the Random House or Merriam-Webster website (can't remember which) and they were discuss...
by Shelley
Thu Jul 07, 2005 1:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 8067

Choice or choices

Is milk capable of action? That is the next question. -- Alton
Now, as to whether milk is capable of action . . . -- Erik_Kowal
Mais oui: have you never seen a milk shake? (English IS fun comment from the un-wise.)
by Shelley
Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: body souffles and foot butters
Replies: 10
Views: 1769

body souffles and foot butters

I wouldn't want to have a bath with stuff that was over 50 years old . . . I don't know, Bobinwales -- Bruce Springsteen is over 50 and I'd have a bath with him anytime! (I say this at the risk of ruining my reputation with the good folks at WW.) dalehileman, if fairly recent means within the last ...
by Shelley
Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Scouse
Replies: 5
Views: 2237

Scouse

I just did a search. Never mind. Sorry to bother you.
by Shelley
Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Scouse
Replies: 5
Views: 2237

Scouse

Recently, I came across this obscure (well, to me) word twice in one day: first, in a bio I'm reading about the Beatles; and second, on a BBC mystery in which a person was described as "scouse". When a term I've never heard before suddenly crosses my path twice in one day from separate sources -- we...
by Shelley
Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: menstruate
Replies: 7
Views: 2393

menstruate

Absolutely: the curse. Also, "monthlies", maybe -- but don't know if it's UK/Vancouver. . . . Mama calls it the curse, and says that all girls get it and have it 'til they're old. Why would you want to put a curse on all the girls? . . . I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen. -- "Quilters", by Molly Newma...
by Shelley
Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Adultery
Replies: 4
Views: 1572

Adultery

Adultery, n. [L. adulterium , from adulter , an adulterer) 1. violation of the marriage bed; sexual intercourse between a married man and a woman not his wife, or between a married woman and a man not her husband. Adultery is a common legal ground for divorce. 2. in Scripture, all manner of lewdness...
by Shelley
Sun Jul 03, 2005 4:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: What's a record?
Replies: 12
Views: 2233

What's a record?

I often hear the word "album" used when artists are talking about what's on their latest product. Makes me think that the term refers to the collection of titles, rather than the object. Kind of like a photo album. Hard to say . . . That smirky clerk will get his someday when he's graying around the...
by Shelley
Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origin of the word "wife"
Replies: 10
Views: 8760

Origin of the word "wife"

I went to the link you provided, Phil, on the previous discussion about what to call that person with whom you live and to whom you not married. I recall the various options mentioned, however one was missing: 'spose (as in "I 'spose we will and I 'spose we won't")! That should win the cuteness awar...
by Shelley
Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: indenture
Replies: 2
Views: 1127

indenture

Mel, thanks for that bit of info. I'm especially glad to know it, because I have at least one ancestor who came to America as an indentured servant. No doubt the contract was between the traveller's parent/family and the American "sponsor".
by Shelley
Sun Jul 03, 2005 3:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origin of the word "wife"
Replies: 10
Views: 8760

Origin of the word "wife"

Tedious is right, Jane DOErell! It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. I don't believe that the distinction has been eradicated to the extent you imply. Actually, Phil, I don't think it's nearly been eradicated. After reading some of the quote you supplied from Trudgill, it surprises me to th...
by Shelley
Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: news butcher
Replies: 7
Views: 3719

news butcher

Candy butcher -- yes, the marble slab and blade from that delicious film "Chocolat"! Great, Ken Greenwald. Thank you. Well, it's almost 5 years later. I'm reading a play by Noel Coward - "Quadrille" - published in 1952, however the play takes place in 1873. Something reverberated when I read the fol...
by Shelley
Sat Jul 02, 2005 5:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: news butcher
Replies: 7
Views: 3719

news butcher

That's really interesting, Dale! I wonder what sort of scientific experiments Edison conducted on the train while butchering news and candy? That would be for another website, of course. Meanwhile, I still wonder how the term butcher applies to this position on a train. Unless "butcher" just means s...