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by Shelley
Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: chockablock / chock-a-block
Replies: 3
Views: 2609

Re: chockablock / chock-a-block

. . . and let's not forget:

Chock Full o' Nuts is the heav'nliest coffee.
Better coffee a millionaire's money can't buy.

The above was one of my first exposures to the quaint phrasing unique to old New York Towne.
by Shelley
Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: socked in
Replies: 5
Views: 4525

Re: socked in

aaa The windsock, a large, open-ended, cone-shaped sleeve attached to a post by a pivot, at one time provided pilots with wind direction. When the weather deteriorated (fog or snow) to the point that the sock . . . It was at this point in my reading of your post that I started getting a rush. (RUSH...
by Shelley
Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: wasting
Replies: 5
Views: 1228

Re: wasting

Thank you so much for this, Edwin. My memory is hazy, but I think the link you provided to a marathon discussion of gerunds and the like was the one that made me think, "Holy Geez, are these fellows crazy? I'm in way over my head here." I was confused for a minute over the words "verbal" and "deverb...
by Shelley
Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hoard
Replies: 12
Views: 1287

Re: Hoard

hsargent wrote:Hoard is defined as my wife!
hsargent, I don't think you should define your wife as a hoard. I'm sure she doesn't enjoy it any more than you do, but after all, in today's economy, every little bit helps. ;^)

(h -- I really hope you don't take offense at this. I just couldn't resist!)
by Shelley
Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hoard
Replies: 12
Views: 1287

Re: Hoard

Ahh. . . HORDES of people. I thought we were going to talk about hoarding people -- that is, people who hoard -- one of my favorite topics!
by Shelley
Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: scorpions lyrics
Replies: 7
Views: 3171

Re: scorpions lyrics

Liar, liar, pants on fire,
You gotta wumba mumble . . . telephone wire!

Hey, trolley, we're on the same page on that one: everything's Jake, dontcha know?
by Shelley
Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: scorpions lyrics
Replies: 7
Views: 3171

Re: scorpions lyrics

Gee, Mr. Clark, I'd give it about a 2 . . .

Considering the context of the other lines in the verse, I'd guess that "they jake your right" is really "they take your right(s), leave nothing left . . ."

It's quittin' time -- can't do anymore right now here, so I'll pick it up later . . .
by Shelley
Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: wasting
Replies: 5
Views: 1228

Re: wasting

Just one little thing: (and, I'm sure your response is taking this into account, Edwin -- I just can't see it through the linguistic expertise, so please forgive if I'm being redundant!) In my neighborhood, a "snow day" is not just a snowy day. "Snow days" are special, limited, and automatically bui...
by Shelley
Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Related to
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Related to

Often, an usher at a wedding will approach a guest at the entrance to the hall and simply ask, "Bride or Groom?" The guest's answer tells the usher which side of the hall, relative to the altar/dais, they should be seated on, as in many traditions the groom's guests are on one side of the aisle, and...
by Shelley
Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Medications
Replies: 8
Views: 783

Re: Medications

Like I said . . .

Ok, I can see why "meds" might not be the term of choice if you're in Australia.
by Shelley
Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Pigeons
Replies: 68
Views: 18927

Re: Pigeons

Let them talk, I say! Once I was in charge of cultivating and maintaining a garden on an empty city lot between two buildings. It was used as an "environmental yard" for an elementary school, hopefully teaching the urban kids about soil, science, and growing things. Unfortunately, at least one perso...
by Shelley
Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Medications
Replies: 8
Views: 783

Re: Medications

I don't like them either, Bob, but when you gotta take your meds, you gotta take your meds.
by Shelley
Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Pigeons
Replies: 68
Views: 18927

Re: Pigeons

Now, for the long-awaited update: I made some adjustments to the shelf unit, including adding wire "doors", and sealing up any places where the birds could gain access. A year later I can report there have been no unwanted flying subtenants squatting on my terrace, or trying to get into my apartment...
by Shelley
Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Little Joe
Replies: 1
Views: 1610

Re: Little Joe

Outright, belated laughter, Bob!
by Shelley
Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: Just for fun
Replies: 39
Views: 21505

Re: Just for fun

6) a barred progress