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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Mnemonics that failed
Replies: 0
Views: 1580

Mnemonics that failed

In another thread Phil White revealed that the mnemonic "The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides" for memorising Pythagoras' Theorem, "The square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sums of the squares on the other two sides," failed to be memorable, alt...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4462

nondescript

This is a day that will live in infinity.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4462

nondescript

The fifth.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4462

nondescript

Dale, 'Nineteen' was from 20 years ago. Does that count for nothing?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4462

nondescript

I nominate 57/1.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cartoon jargon
Replies: 5
Views: 2587

cartoon jargon

I think John only meant that the graphical effects (speed lines etc.) are familiar to all readers of cartoon strips, not that the jargon terms describing them are known to everyone.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 2:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: pangrams
Replies: 9
Views: 2639

pangrams

Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz. (31 letters.)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: reversing quotes
Replies: 11
Views: 3320

reversing quotes

Though you don't have a German keyboard installed, Dale, the Word keyboard shortcuts which can be seen at Insert > Symbol should still work. They are Ctrl+`" for “ and Ctrl+'" for ” (note that you must hold the Ctrl key down without releasing it as you type in each two-punctuation-character sequence...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boob
Replies: 4
Views: 2644

boob

Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary gives a date of 1680-90 for 'bubby', with the explanation "Perhaps imitative of a baby's cry or of sucking sound". The same source states that 'booby' dates from 1930-1935 US usage, and is probably a variant of 'bubby', while 'boob' is stated in WNUUD t...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:16 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Field of view/vision
Replies: 6
Views: 1813

Field of view/vision

Your explanation suggests the most accurate translation is "The size of the component exceeds that of the field of vision".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 27, 2005 12:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: top it the knob
Replies: 4
Views: 4670

top it the knob

Yes, but with the spelling 'nob' rather than 'knob'. According to the etymologies given in the Cassell Dictionary of Slang, there is no connection between 'nob' and the verb 'hob-nob', as in the stock expression "he's off hob-nobbing with the gentry" (implying that the person thus referred to is ass...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 25, 2005 12:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Suggestions on Condolences
Replies: 3
Views: 4167

Suggestions on Condolences

Annie/Andria (which are you?), How you do this will partly depend on how well you know the person you are writing to, and also on how well you knew their mother. One thing that you have not explained is why you want to send such a note three years after the bereavement. It is customary to write a no...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 8147

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Gary, Thanks for your kind words about the site upgrade. Although Ken and I have had some input into the decision-making, it is principally the tireless dedication of Phil White in researching, designing and implementing the forum structure that has tranformed the site, not to mention the support of...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 20, 2005 11:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 2273

nuance

Though what they hear can be most enlightening.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 19, 2005 10:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 8147

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Richard, I am flattered that you feel honoured. To address the points you raised, in no particular order: Even though you describe yourself merely as a former translator, since your essay was giving advice about purchasing translation services in what I presume you regard as an expert capacity ("......