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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 6537

boo

Sandy, you are clearly not a person to allow yourself to be confused by the facts when you make your mind up about something. I applaud your courage.

When does the straw harvest take place in your neck of the woods?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:57 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 6537

boo

But you seem to know everything about me.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 15, 2005 5:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 6537

boo

OK, I'll try and ignore the fact that I am correct. *G*
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 15, 2005 12:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Conflict v Confliction
Replies: 14
Views: 8272

Conflict v Confliction

An example of confliction resolution in action?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 14, 2005 2:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The meaning/context of "confliction"
Replies: 3
Views: 1950

The meaning/context of "confliction"

But what are we to tell Merriam-Webster?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 14, 2005 11:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Most words query / Eskimo words for snow
Replies: 34
Views: 14234

Most words query / Eskimo words for snow

In the good old days, the only meaning of 'Croft' was 'relaxing glass of sherry'. ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 9427

Chatspeak stole my internet!

That depends -- I'm not the boss of you now! ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 13, 2005 11:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: good nick
Replies: 19
Views: 6908

good nick

Which raises the obvious question, does her vintager attract more flies than honeys?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in-laws
Replies: 8
Views: 2988

in-laws

If a guideline is stiff enough to be rigid, it is no longer a guideline, and should be caked in salt until soft.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 3329

double superlatives

K Allen, are you sure that Possessive Man is really your idea? ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: good nick
Replies: 19
Views: 6908

good nick

No, but one might say "I'm going to nip [or dash] down to the store for a tick [i.e. briefly]".
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 9427

Chatspeak stole my internet!

And perhaps get a younger lover while you're at it! ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: THE
Replies: 26
Views: 5963

THE

Mammals, you say? Do you have any proof they were mammals? *G*

As for Jason Chamberlain, I cannot help feeling that his linguistic litany is deficient. He should have said, "To God I speak Spanish, to women Italian, to men French, to my horse German, and to you lot -- English."
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 6537

boo

Well, Sandy, forgive me for taking you at face value. For the record, my contribution is not intended as a condemnation, nor is it patronising. It is simply an attempt to inject some accuracy into the discussion in response to what still comes across as your misstatement or misperception of the fact...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Great Britain
Replies: 25
Views: 6884

Great Britain

While Sandy and Bob are generally correct in stating that people in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will not object to being called British, I suspect an exception must be made for those many Northern Irish Catholics who would like Ulster (a.k.a. Northern Ireland) to become reunited wi...