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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 7392

boo

Well, Sandy, forgive me for taking you at face value. For the record, my contribution is not intended as a condemnation, nor is it patronising. It is simply an attempt to inject some accuracy into the discussion in response to what still comes across as your misstatement or misperception of the fact...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Great Britain
Replies: 25
Views: 7975

Great Britain

While Sandy and Bob are generally correct in stating that people in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will not object to being called British, I suspect an exception must be made for those many Northern Irish Catholics who would like Ulster (a.k.a. Northern Ireland) to become reunited wi...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 8:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 7392

boo

Leif, I trust you are getting your booty sleep? *G*
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 9:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 7392

boo

Sandy, I fear you are considerably misinformed. English is a language that has absorbed words from all over the world, including a great number that have been borrowed from French, but it is still a Germanic language. In addition to the underlying commonalities of vocabulary that are shared with oth...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 3:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 10618

Chatspeak stole my internet!

In my view, the extent to which this is an issue chiefly depends on one's priorities and the current stage of one's life. For the youngsters writing in this manner, who, I assume, partly define their own identities in terms of their peer group norms (and to some degree the difference they are trying...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 12, 2005 1:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: THE
Replies: 26
Views: 6595

THE

And never a truer word was said! :-D

I notice that the Jason Chamberlain quote is in English... Whom was he addressing, I wonder? Dolphins? Gnomes? His diary?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 11, 2005 7:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: bloviate
Replies: 9
Views: 2420

bloviate

Frank, Sometimes the answers to new questions that are asked here can be found among the old threads by using the 'Search' function to find the term that is of interest. In this case, you will find an answer to your query at http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=5593 I hope that did not h...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 11, 2005 5:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: love handles
Replies: 3
Views: 3684

love handles

It has presumably originated in similar circumstances to the British expression "bugger's grips", which I have always understood simply to mean luxuriant sideburns, but which the Cassell Dictionary of Slang describes as "the brushed back 'wings' of hair that adorn the temples of many upper class Eng...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dang or dang it
Replies: 13
Views: 4750

dang or dang it

Tex, it's almost a given that working from one's desk at home principally involves goofing off.

Now, I seem to have mislaid (on) my day bed...

Dale, if Garrison Keillor is to be believed, the most woebegone state is that of Minnesota.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Great Britain
Replies: 25
Views: 7975

Great Britain

All the Britts I know are Swedish.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ossification and summer vacation?
Replies: 10
Views: 3039

ossification and summer vacation?

Yes, there is nothing like disussing objects with incomprehensible attributes for breaking the social ice.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 7392

boo

Hmm. The online Merriam-Webster defines 'boo-boo' as "a usually trivial injury (as a bruise or scratch) -- used especially by or of a child". In the context of honey, the most obvious source of injury is the sting of a bee.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tapping up
Replies: 7
Views: 1569

tapping up

The friend I mentioned earlier has drawn my attention to today's Independent, which contains an article ( http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=645341 ) about the coincidental publication today of a new edition of the Collins English Dictionary . I quote the following: " "Tap...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ossification and summer vacation?
Replies: 10
Views: 3039

ossification and summer vacation?

How about 'anachronism' or 'relic'?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 08, 2005 1:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: new word: congloberate
Replies: 2
Views: 1587

new word: congloberate

Sounds like they are also spitting while they wait...