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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 21, 2005 6:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'Tang' as the name for a building?
Replies: 5
Views: 2202

'Tang' as the name for a building?

Regarding the connotations of the word, a good start is probably provided by the definitions supplied by the online Merriam-Webster at m-w.com: Etymology: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tangi point of land, tang 1 : a projecting shank, prong, fang, or tongue (as on a knife...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 9406

Mother of All Etymologies

Let me get this straight. When you express an opinion here, however faulty its assumptions are, however patronising it is, and however irrelevant the points you wheel in to support your argument are, it is a legitimate statement, and when I express an opinion, regardless of its consistency with logi...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 20, 2005 6:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 9406

Mother of All Etymologies

Che/Spiritus, while we're both in a mutually congratulatory frame of mind I ought to mention that I'm equally impressed by your ability to completely miss the point of my last posting. I was not saying that religious practices and beliefs are irrelevant to the development of language; it is also obv...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fayre (fair)
Replies: 7
Views: 1942

fayre (fair)

Fayre enough. Now, Bob, offe to ye one-stoppe coppe shoppe!
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scofflaw
Replies: 1
Views: 961

scofflaw

Ken, I suspect that in 1924 you too would have been in the 'quaffmore' camp.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 9406

Mother of All Etymologies

Louis, while everyone is entitled to his opinions regarding the story of the Tower of Babel and the Garden of Eden in relation to the origins of human language, those opinions belong firmly in the realm of religion and have no place in any serious discussion of linguistics, philology or the evolutio...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 17, 2005 10:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: '-gate'
Replies: 6
Views: 1341

'-gate'

With a bit of luck, any day now a scandal will be uncovered involving William Masters.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 17, 2005 10:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: millihelen
Replies: 7
Views: 1388

millihelen

On the other hand, Paris would not be much of an attraction, even to Hellenes, if it occupied just a single milliHector.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 17, 2005 10:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 4160

three on a match

That leaves things rather up in the air.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 17, 2005 10:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 9406

Mother of All Etymologies

Yes, after he had beatled off to practise in a cavern.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 17, 2005 7:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 9406

Mother of All Etymologies

Good job you didn't call it Gringlish, Hans Joerg -- as everyone knows, that's the English spoken by gringos.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 17, 2005 7:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: flaunt vs. flout
Replies: 12
Views: 3736

flaunt vs. flout

Good question! If the bat played a flute, it would feature in Die Flötistenmaus.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 16, 2005 5:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: flaunt vs. flout
Replies: 12
Views: 3736

flaunt vs. flout

Bob, I feel you are overlooking that wealthy flute-player James Galway who flauts his instrumental prowess.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pocketbook / purse / handbag
Replies: 10
Views: 3108

pocketbook / purse / handbag

Bob, Mary Janes are a kind of closed-toed, round-nosed sandal that schoolgirls in pre-sneaker days used to wear until they reached pre-pubescence. It is typical for dolls that are marketed to younger children to be initially wearing Mary Janes. Now, as for spectator pumps, I have never seen those. N...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 13, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 4160

three on a match

There is one aspect of this that I find puzzling. If a sniper could target you by the match you used for lighting your cigarette, he must surely also have been able to track your glowing cigarette end?

This seems to me to be yet another demonstration -- if any were needed -- that smoking kills.