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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: 7509

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: 7509

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: 7509

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: 7509

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: 7509

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: 1325

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: 7509

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: 2068

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: 7509

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: 1538

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: 2360

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: 2068

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...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: making arbitrary rules
Replies: 11
Views: 1593

making arbitrary rules

Julie, you could look up 'coerce' in a thesaurus to find single-word equivalents. Otherwise, 'put on the pressure' and 'charm someone into submission' are the only idioms I can think of for the moment.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2360

deswaddle

My mistake, apparently. You do at least appear to be consistent with the statement contained in the topic 'BLOG' for Dale which I so grievously misrecalled: "GUYs, Words do NOT have meaning,, Only people DO. Words can "have" meaning only in a container sense." In the light of this fact I must reword...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2360

deswaddle

Wiz, we must remember that according to Louis his words have no inherent meaning -- only things do. So our expectations of coherence from that quarter will need to be reduced accordingly. :-)