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by Shelley
Tue May 31, 2005 6:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skinnymalink(s) / skinny malink(s) / skinny marink(s) / etc.
Replies: 23
Views: 35364

skinnymalink(s) / skinny malink(s) / skinny marink(s) / etc.

I heard a song once: Skinnymarink-a-dink-a-dink, Skinnymarink-a-doo, I love you. I think Jimmy Durante recorded it, but that could just be my imagination because I seem to hear the words and tune in his voice. I realize this is not a website to discuss pop songs, but I seem to be in a musical mode t...
by Shelley
Tue May 31, 2005 6:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: torch song
Replies: 5
Views: 2686

torch song

Ken, there are still a few singers of sultry songs out there. k.d. Lang, for instance, can torch it up pretty well. It's all a matter of taste, though, I know.
by Shelley
Tue May 31, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: King James and UK vs US English
Replies: 6
Views: 4216

King James and UK vs US English

I finally checked my Gideons (the one I lifted from a hotel room somewhere in the black-minded hills of South Dakota), thinking that it might use a very Americanized version of King James. Gideons spells it "colour", too.

Signed,
Rocky Raccoon
by Shelley
Tue May 31, 2005 5:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: go tilt
Replies: 6
Views: 2108

go tilt

Why do pinball machines use the word TILT in the first place?
by Shelley
Fri May 20, 2005 6:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: down to
Replies: 6
Views: 2655

down to

The phrase brings to mind that Joni Mitchell song about "it all comes down to you" (constant stranger?) It also means what you have when everything else is eliminated: when you get down to the last two contestants, for example, or when you're down to the last few seconds of a game. In the context de...
by Shelley
Sun May 15, 2005 1:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: outstanding
Replies: 10
Views: 4369

outstanding

Sorry, -- Wales, I mean.
by Shelley
Sun May 15, 2005 1:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: outstanding
Replies: 10
Views: 4369

outstanding

. . . or dungaree(s), if he was in Australia!
by Shelley
Fri May 13, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nosy body / nosy-body
Replies: 7
Views: 11716

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: 11716

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: 9902

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: 6942

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: 6942

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: 7995

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: 7561

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: 7561

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...