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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: capitalism
Replies: 9
Views: 3152

capitalism

Russ, your surmise concerning the encouragement by the English language of a specifically capitalistic morality or mentality is doubtless partially correct. This is not least so because capitalism could be said to have first emerged fully-formed in Britain, the first country to experience the Indust...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: capitalism
Replies: 9
Views: 3152

capitalism

First and foremost, did anyone mention yet how interesting this question is? What strikes me about the way it is phrased is that it explicitly invites us to consider how 'language reflects or supports capitalism'. This is not entirely off base, but it seems to me that this analytical slant is mistak...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fuzz = policeman
Replies: 14
Views: 2767

fuzz = policeman

It would be hard, I grant you, but I think we'd make the time pass somehow.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: glitch in algorithm
Replies: 15
Views: 3487

glitch in algorithm

What Louis/Dale aptly call 'snapshotting' one's text is the best defence against losing one's text prior to hitting the 'Submit' button. Better still (because you don't risk forgetting to copy your text into memory before hitting 'Submit') is to use Phil's method with Notepad, Wordpad or even the co...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Australian English
Replies: 16
Views: 7000

Australian English

The issue is not the extent of storage consumed, Dale, it is the additional effort that readers may have to expend in navigating through extensive quagmires of frequently irrelevant drivel. But I have nothing against minor digressions or the interpolation of relevant material in reasonable (i.e. mod...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 21, 2005 8:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fuzz = policeman
Replies: 14
Views: 2767

fuzz = policeman

Dale, why don't you email them and ask? Ken seems to get results when he contacts such organisations direct.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 21, 2005 4:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Ay, there's the rub
Replies: 6
Views: 4399

Ay, there's the rub

Phil, I clicked on your link to the play and discovered that we have been the victims of a cruel hoax these many years. It turns out that the dialogue in question is actually "Yo! Threes da grub!"

I don't think there's much mystery about what that means.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 17, 2005 2:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’
Replies: 20
Views: 7882

number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’

To quote Lieber and Stoller, "Is that all there is?"
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: eat pussy
Replies: 17
Views: 6367

eat pussy

Your wife is clearly nobody's cat's-paw.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: manifest destiny
Replies: 8
Views: 2836

manifest destiny

Yes, in some cases their mere existence is enough to alienate the Bushistas.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’
Replies: 20
Views: 7882

number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’

Louis, I appreciate your positive remarks about my comments, but it seems that the meeting of our minds must remain a figment of someone else's imagination. Let me take up some of the statements you have just made. You said, "If you can't allow me to say "words can do no meaning" without complaining...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:57 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: testimony, testicles
Replies: 8
Views: 2717

testimony, testicles

Mel, what is the source of this wondrous priapic rigmarole?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: And, as they say, Annie's home
Replies: 10
Views: 2400

And, as they say, Annie's home

Like you, Bob, I had never heard this expression until now.

So far the only instances of this phrase that Google knows about relate to this posting, which is not a hopeful sign.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 14, 2005 9:52 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: calling your partner "baby"
Replies: 3
Views: 1831

calling your partner "baby"

It is apparent from all these examples that 'baby' is pretty much to English what Mark Twain felt 'Schlag' and 'Zug' were to German. (See http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/awfgrmlg.html)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 13, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: anorak
Replies: 30
Views: 6772

anorak

The closest US equivalents of the British 'anorak' are probably 'nerd' and 'geek'.