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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ticked off at "ticked off"
Replies: 9
Views: 4037

ticked off at "ticked off"

That is odd, Joseph. You may possibly be right about the UK origin, but I have never encountered the expression there -- the first time I ever heard 'ticked off' used in the sense you mention was in the USA, where it is a very common expression roughly equating to the British 'peeved' ("I'm really t...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shew vs. show
Replies: 2
Views: 2324

Shew vs. show

As a kid in the 1960s I recall seeing decals in our local buses stating 'TICKETS MUST BE SHEWN'. However, this was already an archaism -- I noticed the weird spelling because I had never encountered it anywhere else, and I read everything I could get my hands on.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:17 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gimlet (eyes and vodka or gin)
Replies: 9
Views: 5150

gimlet (eyes and vodka or gin)

I suspect you are a chip off the old block, Bob. Between us I'm sure we could scrape something together.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gimlet (eyes and vodka or gin)
Replies: 9
Views: 5150

gimlet (eyes and vodka or gin)

Ken, 'neat' is indeed the usual British way of saying 'straight' in relation to spirits (i.e. served/drunk without the addition of mixers or other liquor).
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 6579

boo

Did my admonition jar you?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: later ain't any better
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

later ain't any better

Alas, I fear we may have stumbled into a hole on this one.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: later ain't any better
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

later ain't any better

Well, in translation, context is often everything, especially when there are alternative translation possibilities. Unfortunately you haven't given us the context required to make sense of your query text.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Blair Arrives for Bush Talks
Replies: 7
Views: 2087

Blair Arrives for Bush Talks

We can always pray for deliverance. On the other hand, if misfortune prevails, Bush will send Bliar to Iraq with ten commandos.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: calibrated – a Janus word?
Replies: 19
Views: 4318

Re: calibrated – a Janus word?

Dale is clearly busier in retirement than ever...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: foul-up ("in one foul swoop")
Replies: 4
Views: 4731

foul-up ("in one foul swoop")

I would describe a hawk pouncing on a defenceless pigeon as a two-fowl swoop.

Yes... Too, too foul.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?
Replies: 14
Views: 4654

Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?

Ken, I suggest we wait until after the US has adopted the metric system.

Bob, based on what you wrote, you are either now 58, or you will be born in 42 years' time. ...Now, what was the question? ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 05, 2005 7:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?
Replies: 14
Views: 4654

Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?

I conducted a brief internet search to see what other people had come up with, since I remember this being a hot topic of debate at the turn of the millennium. Among the suggestions I found for 2000-2009 were the following: The aughts, oughts, naughts, noughts, aughties, oughties, naughties, naughty...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 04, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: welsh/welch on a bet
Replies: 11
Views: 12358

welsh/welch on a bet

Bob, would I be right to infer that the female equivalent of Taffy would be 'Taffeta' (or 'Dafydda' in Welsh)?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 04, 2005 11:58 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stand a chance
Replies: 9
Views: 3177

stand a chance

As they might put it in Russia, "My friend Banks not standing around here".