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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 9854

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: 7249

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: 3207

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: 3454

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: 7249

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: 9854

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: 6204

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: 6853

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: 7403

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...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 8:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 6853

boo

Leif, I trust you are getting your booty sleep? *G*
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 9:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 6853

boo

Sandy, I fear you are considerably misinformed. English is a language that has absorbed words from all over the world, including a great number that have been borrowed from French, but it is still a Germanic language. In addition to the underlying commonalities of vocabulary that are shared with oth...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 3:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 9854

Chatspeak stole my internet!

In my view, the extent to which this is an issue chiefly depends on one's priorities and the current stage of one's life. For the youngsters writing in this manner, who, I assume, partly define their own identities in terms of their peer group norms (and to some degree the difference they are trying...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 1:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: THE
Replies: 26
Views: 6204

THE

And never a truer word was said! :-D

I notice that the Jason Chamberlain quote is in English... Whom was he addressing, I wonder? Dolphins? Gnomes? His diary?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 11, 2005 7:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: bloviate
Replies: 9
Views: 2306

bloviate

Frank, Sometimes the answers to new questions that are asked here can be found among the old threads by using the 'Search' function to find the term that is of interest. In this case, you will find an answer to your query at http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=5593 I hope that did not h...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 11, 2005 5:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: love handles
Replies: 3
Views: 3571

love handles

It has presumably originated in similar circumstances to the British expression "bugger's grips", which I have always understood simply to mean luxuriant sideburns, but which the Cassell Dictionary of Slang describes as "the brushed back 'wings' of hair that adorn the temples of many upper class Eng...