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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grudgingly vs. Begrudgingly
Replies: 8
Views: 25506

Grudgingly vs. Begrudgingly

Whichever it is, I am with Phil on this.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:29 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Word puzzle answer
Replies: 2
Views: 1626

Word puzzle answer

You should see my itty-bitty eyes rolling in their itty-bitty sockets.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: electrified
Replies: 6
Views: 2392

electrified

It may not shock you that once Ken volts into action and decides to take charge of a query, there's no telling watt knowledge gap may spark him off. This week, Faraday seems to have been a particularly good day for him to generate some answers un'ampered. :-)
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: makeshift
Replies: 4
Views: 2468

makeshift

Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary (itself based on the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd. ed.), gives a date of 1555-65 for what it describes as the adjectival use of the verbal phrase make shift, which the Chambers 20th Century Dictionary defines as "to contrive to d...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: That's not normal...
Replies: 1
Views: 1804

That's not normal...

That reminds me of one of my favourite limericks, which I have since tweaked as follows:

Old workmen with horny hand callouses
are untempted by psychoanalysis;
it would make Sigmund Freud
feel distinctly annoyed
as they cling to their long-standing fallacies.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:03 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: HELP! Can anyone do maths?
Replies: 10
Views: 4239

HELP! Can anyone do maths?

Something similar applies in relation to freebie product promotions in a way that makes them sound much better than they actually are. For instance, if a manufacturer of washing powder plasters the come-on slogan "10% EXTRA FREE!" on a carton that usually contains 100 grams, the carton contents now ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: free radical
Replies: 11
Views: 2058

free radical

The latest version of the Google toolbar contains a facility to check the spelling of online forms, submission windows (such as the one I am typing in right now) and so on. Highly recommended.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 29, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Miia followup
Replies: 8
Views: 3504

Miia followup

What precisely does the message say?
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 28, 2005 6:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: curse words
Replies: 18
Views: 10891

curse words

Debbie, let's hope your writings are researched better than your etymological theories. ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 28, 2005 3:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: incursion
Replies: 2
Views: 967

incursion

It's perhaps something of a stretch to say that it's the opposite of 'excursion', but the online Merriam-Webster (m-w.com) supports both usages:

1 : a hostile entrance into a territory : RAID
2 : an entering in or into (as an activity or undertaking) <his only incursion into the arts>
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 25, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The secret of my success
Replies: 0
Views: 1258

The secret of my success

An eager young man asked a rich old man how he had made his money. The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and recounted: "Well, son, it was 1932... the depths of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. 'I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing that apple a...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:39 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Meanwhile, on another planet...
Replies: 3
Views: 1688

Meanwhile, on another planet...

Because the news of Prince Charles's affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles became public while he was still married to Diana, the prince's relationship with his mistress was controversial even after Diana's death. Accordingly, as he and Camilla began to consider their wedding plans, they decided to go t...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:15 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Eternity versus infirmity
Replies: 0
Views: 1432

Eternity versus infirmity

The doctor's waiting room was filled to capacity, but the physician was working at his usual snail's pace. After waiting for two hours, an old man slowly stood up and hobbled towards the door. When everyone stopped talking to look at him, he announced to the entire room, "I guess I'll just go home a...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: bloviate
Replies: 9
Views: 2581

bloviate

WoZ, the link I gave opens a topic with two pages. 'Bloviation' appears on page 2; my guess is that you only looked at page 1. I'm not sure why your Wordwizard search for 'bloviate' failed. When I ran a search just now (minus the inverted commas), it found about half a dozen occurrences on the site....
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:27 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Meanwhile, on another planet...
Replies: 3
Views: 1688

Meanwhile, on another planet...

A farmer was leaning across the fence that surrounded his property. He watched as a red sports car came roaring over the top of the hill and sped along the road towards the very spot where he was standing. At the last moment, the car came to a smoking stop and pulled off the road. Its driver lowered...