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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 17, 2005 4:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dude
Replies: 22
Views: 6963

dude

Would it be superfluous for me to draw attention to that other great lexicographical resource, Duden -- Das große Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, the definitive dictionary of the German language?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 17, 2005 3:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: analogy vs metaphor
Replies: 19
Views: 65805

analogy vs metaphor

I suppose it is the Miner Prophets that have made Humpbacked Wales possible... Bob?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 17, 2005 2:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: beer or beers
Replies: 23
Views: 5579

beer or beers

It must be time to bail out.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 16, 2005 4:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gun
Replies: 1
Views: 1002

gun

You will find a good explanation of the etymology at http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewto ... hTerms=gun .

As to the history of the gun, revolver, rifle, etc etc, you will find a better online answer to your query using the Wikipedia encyclopedia or similar resource.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: repertory
Replies: 4
Views: 3342

repertory

To answer the last of your most recent points first: Yes, once Marian Anderson is dead, everything she sang belongs to her repertoire.

In order to be precise about the songs she includes in any given concert, I would recommend you use 'program', because this implies a particular selection of pieces.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 13, 2005 4:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shoo-in (often misspelled as shoe-in)
Replies: 3
Views: 2827

shoo-in (often misspelled as shoe-in)

Scott,

See the previous discussion on this topic at http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=17045
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Mar 11, 2005 7:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pair
Replies: 8
Views: 1716

pair

Russ, I would contend that the word corresponding to 'trio' and 'quartet' in a musical context is not 'pair' but 'duo'. On the other hand, at least in England it would be perfectly idiomatic for an exasperated mother to exclaim to her misbehaving children, "You make a right pair!" or "What a pair yo...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:48 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: squeegee
Replies: 12
Views: 3504

squeegee

It is tempting to fantasise that 'squilgee' is a conflation of 'squishy' and 'bilge' that would be very much in keeping with having to deal with congealing-gut-encrusted decking.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 09, 2005 4:38 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rectitude on TV
Replies: 9
Views: 2440

rectitude on TV

If you insist, Dale...! Would you say that a 'pillar of rectitude' could also be called a 'colon'?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: coupe and saloon / American vs. British automotive-related terms
Replies: 34
Views: 10079

coupe and saloon / American vs. British automotive-related t

Bozo, 'Tailgating' seems to be a universal term for this universal phenomenon in the English-speaking world. Judging by their hand positions and the movements of their jaws, half the time the moronic perpetrators have poorly-embedded surgical implants in the sides of their heads which they are despe...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spunky
Replies: 7
Views: 3927

spunky

Hans Joerg, in my view there is a pretty good case to be made that "spunk = semen" directly reflects the second of Ken's senses of the word, namely "spark, spirit, liveliness, animation, full of life, animated". After all, semen is not only literally the carrier of new life, many, especially eastern...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rectitude on TV
Replies: 9
Views: 2440

rectitude on TV

How about 'weekly'?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spunky
Replies: 7
Views: 3927

spunky

There is one associated sense of the word 'spunk' that is missing here; in addition to all those listed above, it also carries the meaning 'semen', which Cassell's Dictionary of Slang tells me dates from the late 19 C and has given rise to a number of other terms such as 'to spunk/spunk off' (ejacul...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 7:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: coupe and saloon / American vs. British automotive-related terms
Replies: 34
Views: 10079

coupe and saloon / American vs. British automotive-related t

Simon's comment about the perceived pun on Bag End and cul-de-sac makes me curious about how 'Bag End' was translated in the French version of The Hobbit.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:11 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: It's snowing to beat the band
Replies: 1
Views: 1454

It's snowing to beat the band

Evah, this very phrase has already been discussed in http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=5080