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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 7122

boo

Did my admonition jar you?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: later ain't any better
Replies: 10
Views: 1426

later ain't any better

Alas, I fear we may have stumbled into a hole on this one.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: later ain't any better
Replies: 10
Views: 1426

later ain't any better

Well, in translation, context is often everything, especially when there are alternative translation possibilities. Unfortunately you haven't given us the context required to make sense of your query text.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Blair Arrives for Bush Talks
Replies: 7
Views: 2218

Blair Arrives for Bush Talks

We can always pray for deliverance. On the other hand, if misfortune prevails, Bush will send Bliar to Iraq with ten commandos.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: calibrated – a Janus word?
Replies: 19
Views: 4689

Re: calibrated – a Janus word?

Dale is clearly busier in retirement than ever...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: foul-up ("in one foul swoop")
Replies: 4
Views: 4902

foul-up ("in one foul swoop")

I would describe a hawk pouncing on a defenceless pigeon as a two-fowl swoop.

Yes... Too, too foul.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?
Replies: 14
Views: 5003

Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?

Ken, I suggest we wait until after the US has adopted the metric system.

Bob, based on what you wrote, you are either now 58, or you will be born in 42 years' time. ...Now, what was the question? ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 05, 2005 7:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?
Replies: 14
Views: 5003

Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?

I conducted a brief internet search to see what other people had come up with, since I remember this being a hot topic of debate at the turn of the millennium. Among the suggestions I found for 2000-2009 were the following: The aughts, oughts, naughts, noughts, aughties, oughties, naughties, naughty...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 04, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: welsh/welch on a bet
Replies: 11
Views: 12746

welsh/welch on a bet

Bob, would I be right to infer that the female equivalent of Taffy would be 'Taffeta' (or 'Dafydda' in Welsh)?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 04, 2005 11:58 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stand a chance
Replies: 9
Views: 3317

stand a chance

As they might put it in Russia, "My friend Banks not standing around here".
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 04, 2005 11:52 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 7122

boo

Beehive now, Edwin!
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 04, 2005 1:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Afrocentric and Eurocentric
Replies: 16
Views: 8742

Afrocentric and Eurocentric

Much time has eelapsed since then, and we now have the even more eelongated Queen Mary II.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: THE
Replies: 26
Views: 6398

THE

It has the demontrative pronouns 'hic' for 'this' and 'ille' for 'that' which are (or were) used for emphasising an object or person.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jun 03, 2005 6:40 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stand a chance
Replies: 9
Views: 3317

stand a chance

Actually, that 1589 sense survives in a number of other expressions that are still in common currency, such as 'stand to gain', 'stand to acquire', 'stand to learn [something]', 'stand to win [something]' and 'stand to benefit', including some in the passive voice: "That hedge/Your hair/The presiden...