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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: manifest destiny
Replies: 8
Views: 2564

manifest destiny

Yes, in some cases their mere existence is enough to alienate the Bushistas.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’
Replies: 20
Views: 7043

number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’

Louis, I appreciate your positive remarks about my comments, but it seems that the meeting of our minds must remain a figment of someone else's imagination. Let me take up some of the statements you have just made. You said, "If you can't allow me to say "words can do no meaning" without complaining...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:57 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: testimony, testicles
Replies: 8
Views: 2510

testimony, testicles

Mel, what is the source of this wondrous priapic rigmarole?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: And, as they say, Annie's home
Replies: 10
Views: 1677

And, as they say, Annie's home

Like you, Bob, I had never heard this expression until now.

So far the only instances of this phrase that Google knows about relate to this posting, which is not a hopeful sign.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 14, 2005 9:52 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: calling your partner "baby"
Replies: 3
Views: 1732

calling your partner "baby"

It is apparent from all these examples that 'baby' is pretty much to English what Mark Twain felt 'Schlag' and 'Zug' were to German. (See http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/awfgrmlg.html)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 13, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: anorak
Replies: 30
Views: 5795

anorak

The closest US equivalents of the British 'anorak' are probably 'nerd' and 'geek'.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 13, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’
Replies: 20
Views: 7043

number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’

Louis, while English speakers frequently do not choose to discriminate between intention/motivation, perception/understanding, sense/connotation and importance/significance when they speak of the meaning of a word, they can do so if they have the desire to. All that is required is for them to be mor...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 13, 2005 5:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: draw a line in the sand
Replies: 9
Views: 3183

draw a line in the sand

Ken, would it be fair to say that you're all at fours and fives over this expression?
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 13, 2005 5:35 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tetbury man to wed
Replies: 5
Views: 2286

Tetbury man to wed

Let's not go postal over this, Ken.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 13, 2005 5:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'reticent to' and/or 'reluctant to'?
Replies: 4
Views: 4169

'reticent to' and/or 'reluctant to'?

Ken, I can't help thinking there is an overlap in meaning with 'reluctant' in the usage of 'reticent' that you quoted above: "Now that the Wizards’ playoff hopes are gone, Jordan can take time to soak in the farewells he was previously ‘reticent’ [read ‘reluctant’] to embrace." Let us assume that Jo...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 12, 2005 11:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: draw a line in the sand
Replies: 9
Views: 3183

draw a line in the sand

Perhaps, but look what happened when the rules got waived.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 12, 2005 11:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: one-trick pony
Replies: 11
Views: 2275

one-trick pony

The ideal combination would be to have a one-trick pony owned by Johnny One-Note living in a one-horse town.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 12, 2005 8:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: non-English words absorbed into English
Replies: 4
Views: 2400

non-English words absorbed into English

A simple suggestion is just to browse through a dictionary that gives etymologies, such as the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) or most Merriam-Websters.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 12, 2005 6:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blackball
Replies: 5
Views: 3394

blackball

On the purely practical side, there would appear to be some distinct advantages to the simple white ball/black ball system of voting. As Lois suggested above, one is its utility and convenience for people who may lack either the ability or the materials to indicate their voting preferences in writin...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 11, 2005 5:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gallerist
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

gallerist

Could it be that you are really supposed to be a 'gallerina'?

Citing Sellars and Yeatman, may I suggest that whichever approach you select, you do not attempt to write on both sides at once. That way lies lack of fulfilment.