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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 7288

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Gary, Thanks for your kind words about the site upgrade. Although Ken and I have had some input into the decision-making, it is principally the tireless dedication of Phil White in researching, designing and implementing the forum structure that has tranformed the site, not to mention the support of...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 20, 2005 11:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 2007

nuance

Though what they hear can be most enlightening.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 19, 2005 10:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 7288

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Richard, I am flattered that you feel honoured. To address the points you raised, in no particular order: Even though you describe yourself merely as a former translator, since your essay was giving advice about purchasing translation services in what I presume you regard as an expert capacity ("......
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 7288

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

If Louis is a typical adherent of the General Semantics movement, that leaves me rapidly concluding that the movement's primary purpose must be to excuse its followers from bothering to take the trouble to communicate effectively with their fellow humans (presumably including each other); in other w...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 7288

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Jeff/El, just as soccer is merely 'sucre' to you, I've always thought of American football as 'foible'.

By the way, Louis, you know how I hate to nag, but I still haven't had an answer to my request for clarification.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 7288

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Ken, maybe Louis just isn't ready for his close-up yet?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:51 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 7288

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Louis, in the light of your etymological ejaculation, please substitute 'French word for sugar' for 'Ecuadorean unit of currency' in my request for elucidation. By the way, when you force us to guess at what you mean when you use a given word in a non-standard manner, aren't you compelling us to ste...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 18, 2005 6:51 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 7288

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Louis, I willingly admit that in this posting I am but a mentally lumbering and under-endowed midget wandering aimlessly in a wondrous land peopled by towering intellectual colossi, so I would indeed be most grateful if you would tell me what the Ecuadorean unit of currency has to do with either Scr...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cf.
Replies: 2
Views: 1280

cf.

Edwin, you truly are a word viz.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 7288

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

So, Louis, my "attitude about "Idiom" is stultifyingly Anglo-centric", eh? Well, in that case you had better lump me in with the complex-burdened hoarders that cling to their absurdly fanciful notion that the way the vast majority of people use a word actually indicates that it has any definite sign...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 17, 2005 9:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 2007

nuance

Yes, it's his way of making a nuance of himself.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:58 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 7288

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

I looked at Richard Quinn's advice to purchasers of translation services, which is a field I am familiar with. The first thing that struck me was how poorly Richard Quinn (by his own admission, a former translator) had written and checked his own writing before publishing it to the Web. For instance...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 13, 2005 6:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Meanwhile, on another part of the island...
Replies: 8
Views: 1479

Meanwhile, on another part of the island...

In that case it is perhaps too much to hope for that Shakespeare ever introduced a scene with "Meanwhile, back at the dude ranch..."
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2321

deswaddle

Similarly to the 'pedal TV' that WoZ mentions, in Britain an old-fashioned valve radio set, or even a radio broadcast, is sometimes jocularly referred to as 'steam radio'.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 2007

nuance

I managed to find the fourth example given by Dale by Googling a fragment of the text he cites and clicking on the cached version of the hit. This led me to http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:OOIfY1w90yQJ:www.litob.com/mainstream/mainstream0145.html+%22would+show+up+to+policeman+the+Bejiqis,+but+c...