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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 29, 2005 7:27 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: see you
Replies: 18
Views: 5503

see you

This exchange is giving me the pippa.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: seamless access environment
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

seamless access environment

While we are in this jesuitical mode, how many neologism-laden camels is it possible to shove through the eye of a single needle in any given 24-hour period?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 28, 2005 7:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: see you
Replies: 18
Views: 5503

see you

Bonsoir, au revoir, et à bientôt de Radio Frankophone. ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:11 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 'scimitar smile'
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

'scimitar smile'

But how authentic are they, Russ? ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hun (endearment) origin?
Replies: 10
Views: 4499

hun (endearment) origin?

That is such a dreadful Hun pun that I almost like it.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Master's Thesis/Questionnaire
Replies: 27
Views: 8063

Master's Thesis/Questionnaire

Scepticism is not the same as hostility, Dale. I fear you are in danger of confusing the two.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Magic devices
Replies: 4
Views: 2023

Magic devices

Yep. Hilarious. You've just gotta love the dark red misaligned right-hand border that makes it such a fun challenge to decipher the text underneath.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Rx as an abbreviation for 'prescription'
Replies: 21
Views: 20769

Rx as an abbreviation for 'prescription'

I have since found a good discussion (http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mrx.html) at Cecil Adams' website, The Straight Dope . It is particularly informative in its account of the possible origin of the 'x' subscript: From Cecil's Mailbag by the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board What does the p...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Rx as an abbreviation for 'prescription'
Replies: 21
Views: 20769

Rx as an abbreviation for 'prescription'

In the USA and Canada, and possibly elsewhere, the word 'prescription' is often abbreviated to Rx when used in a medical context; the x frequently appears as a lower-case subscript after the upper-case R. What is the origin of this non-intuitive abbreviation?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hun (endearment) origin?
Replies: 10
Views: 4499

hun (endearment) origin?

My Chambers Concise Scots Dictionary, which is actually pretty comprehensive, only lists 'hen'. When I lived for a while in Scotland, I heard 'hen' frequently, but never 'hun'. So I suspect that either the 'hun' pronunciation is a local variant of 'hen', or that it is an Americanism (derived from 'h...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 23 skiddoo / 23 skidoo
Replies: 3
Views: 3653

23 skiddoo / 23 skidoo

Hi Larry, Because Wordwizard has been around for a while now (about ten years, in fact), there is a substantial archive of previously-answered queries that is worth searching through prior to submitting a new query -- often, as in this case, you will find that your question has already been answered...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Master's Thesis/Questionnaire
Replies: 27
Views: 8063

Master's Thesis/Questionnaire

Not that you're trying to stir things up or anything, Che!
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 25, 2005 1:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: off your rocker
Replies: 9
Views: 12490

off your rocker

Thank you, Ken. As always, you are both a gentleman and a scholar.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Master's Thesis/Questionnaire
Replies: 27
Views: 8063

Master's Thesis/Questionnaire

Shelly, although Dale putatively libelled himself in response #2 above, the fact that he doesn't seem to understand your posting appears to validate his original assertion, at least in relation to himself...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jun 24, 2005 6:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: off your rocker
Replies: 9
Views: 12490

off your rocker

Why yes, as is the phenomenon of bats roosting in church towers!