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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 13, 2005 6:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Meanwhile, on another part of the island...
Replies: 8
Views: 1409

Meanwhile, on another part of the island...

In that case it is perhaps too much to hope for that Shakespeare ever introduced a scene with "Meanwhile, back at the dude ranch..."
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2238

deswaddle

Similarly to the 'pedal TV' that WoZ mentions, in Britain an old-fashioned valve radio set, or even a radio broadcast, is sometimes jocularly referred to as 'steam radio'.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 1905

nuance

I managed to find the fourth example given by Dale by Googling a fragment of the text he cites and clicking on the cached version of the hit. This led me to http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:OOIfY1w90yQJ:www.litob.com/mainstream/mainstream0145.html+%22would+show+up+to+policeman+the+Bejiqis,+but+c...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: making arbitrary rules
Replies: 11
Views: 1479

making arbitrary rules

Julie, you could look up 'coerce' in a thesaurus to find single-word equivalents. Otherwise, 'put on the pressure' and 'charm someone into submission' are the only idioms I can think of for the moment.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2238

deswaddle

My mistake, apparently. You do at least appear to be consistent with the statement contained in the topic 'BLOG' for Dale which I so grievously misrecalled: "GUYs, Words do NOT have meaning,, Only people DO. Words can "have" meaning only in a container sense." In the light of this fact I must reword...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2238

deswaddle

Wiz, we must remember that according to Louis his words have no inherent meaning -- only things do. So our expectations of coherence from that quarter will need to be reduced accordingly. :-)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 09, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 7208

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

By which I take you to mean the previous New Labour administration.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: collateral
Replies: 4
Views: 2088

collateral

One established military phrase that seems ripe for application in the context of public relations and marketing is 'collateral damage', meaning 'the destruction or distortion of a PR message through the unintentional release or emergence of contrary facts'. (Think Tony Blair/GWB and the non-evidenc...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: abbreviations in page titles
Replies: 22
Views: 3245

abbreviations in page titles

Well that doesn't tell us anything useful at all, beyond hinting that you have both a wife and a mistress. Which is hardly useful to know either.
Reply from Erik Kowal ( - England)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: abbreviations in page titles
Replies: 22
Views: 3245

abbreviations in page titles

Yes; she belongs to many local clubs and is very outspoken at meetings
Russ, just kidding; had used the phrase in earlier thread
Reply from dale hileman (Apple Valley, CA - U.S.A.)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: abbreviations in page titles
Replies: 22
Views: 3245

abbreviations in page titles

Dale, are you trying to tell us that Laverne and admonitory/admonition are a well-known combination of words in Apple Valley? Allow me to add my puzzlement to the pot. Please elucidate.
Reply from Russ Cable (Dallas, TX - U.S.A.)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:27 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: abbreviations in page titles
Replies: 22
Views: 3245

abbreviations in page titles

Erik had expressed puzzlement, bringing up an interesting subject for discussion. When I dropped it in a chat with a Japanese acquaintance he reacted the same way. Where a fem goes unspecified, however, most Americans assume the wife.
Reply from dale hileman (Apple Valley, CA - U.S.A.)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: invalid and invented factoids
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

invalid and invented factoids

Manifesto

Reply from Edwin Ashworth (Oldham - England)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: invalid and invented factoids
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

invalid and invented factoids

Thanks to all you guys discussing "factoid" above, but what I need is a term to describe a self-contradictory or oxymoronic sentence or def. The two defs using "factoid" were merely examples.
Reply from dale hileman (Apple Valley, CA - U.S.A.)
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 07, 2005 6:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words
Replies: 11
Views: 7187

floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words

I have heard that there are at least eleven non-etymologists who might also be very interested in paying a brief visit to the Bellagio.