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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: international rate strategist??
Replies: 2
Views: 1237

international rate strategist??

He probably helps corporations and/or the bank he works for to devise strategies for coping with either currency exchange rate or interest rate fluctuations, or both. Without more context it's not possible to be sure which it is.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 24, 2005 10:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bailiwick
Replies: 13
Views: 3023

bailiwick

According to Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, the first element of the word, which dates from 1425-75, comes from Middle English 'baillie', which itself comes from Old French 'bailli', and is a variant of 'bailiff'. The same source states that 'bailiff' dates from 1250-1300 and comes f...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 9868

You're welcome

Ken, what will happen when, as seems inevitable, you cross swords with the Pope over some matter? Will that not be a case of the irresistible force (may it be with you) meeting an immovable object?
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:18 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 9539

Mother of All Etymologies

Yes, the likes of me are obviously far too literal-minded to join you on your voyage to transcendent and multifaceted apotheosis.

But do give my regards to St Peter/the arts editor of the New York City Sun/whatever once you get there. :-D
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 22, 2005 3:06 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 9868

You're welcome

I find that a sharp kick in the nuts usually sends an effective message. ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 9539

Mother of All Etymologies

A yachtsman like Hans Joerg for whom those wishes were always fulfilled would frequently be forced to steer a most eccentric course... :-)
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 21, 2005 5:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'Tang' as the name for a building?
Replies: 5
Views: 2255

'Tang' as the name for a building?

That last fact is surely the clincher.
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: 2255

'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: 9539

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: 9539

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: 1994

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: 975

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: 9539

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: 1377

'-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: 1430

millihelen

On the other hand, Paris would not be much of an attraction, even to Hellenes, if it occupied just a single milliHector.