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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 23, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tomorrow is another day / tomorrow is a new day
Replies: 23
Views: 8509

tomorrow is another day / tomorrow is a new day

What, all in < or = 25 words? I know engineers are supposed to be capable of mathemagical succinctness, but your proposition strikes me as ridiculously hopetemistic.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 23, 2005 5:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: CHUM
Replies: 3
Views: 1802

CHUM

Is this a case of "chum's the word"?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 23, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mum's the word
Replies: 11
Views: 5368

mum's the word

Dictionaries seems to think so, with (pop.) and (fam.) being used pretty interchangeably.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 23, 2005 7:17 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: untranslatables
Replies: 45
Views: 10727

untranslatables

Some jewellery is apt to make depressive diamands on one.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 22, 2005 9:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tomorrow is another day / tomorrow is a new day
Replies: 23
Views: 8509

tomorrow is another day / tomorrow is a new day

On the other hand, Rome wasn't built tomorrow.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 22, 2005 5:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: emigrant / immigrant
Replies: 4
Views: 1924

emigrant / immigrant

Bob, you must forgive poor Ken. He probably has an emigraine.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: emigrant / immigrant
Replies: 4
Views: 1924

emigrant / immigrant

Well, Bob living in Wales, I would say that depends on the context in which Ken will be referring to my old pal. If he is discussing Albert's relationship with his native country, he would describe him as an emigrant, and in relation to his new home, as an immigrant. We can take nothing for migranted.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mum's the word
Replies: 11
Views: 5368

mum's the word

Dad might be forgiven for just wanting to keep the blonde.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Mar 18, 2005 4:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Negro, colored, Black, African American, person of color
Replies: 16
Views: 12271

Negro, colored, Black, African American, person of color

Ken, thanks for a clear and succinct summary. A discouraging but ultimately unavoidable conclusion that is suggested by the succession of preferred nomenclatures outlined above is that no change of terminology has been able by itself to raise the perceived status of black people in wider American so...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: analogy vs metaphor
Replies: 19
Views: 67070

analogy vs metaphor

Is this a case of 'bowels within Earth's bowels'?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mum's the word
Replies: 11
Views: 5368

mum's the word

But presently it is rarely used and looks as though it is headed for the scrap heap – I’m reasonably sure that the average teenager today has absolutely no idea what it means.
I think there must be a difference in current US and UK usage, Ken -- "Mum's the word" is still in common use in Britain.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 17, 2005 4:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dude
Replies: 22
Views: 7466

dude

Would it be superfluous for me to draw attention to that other great lexicographical resource, Duden -- Das große Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, the definitive dictionary of the German language?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 17, 2005 3:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: analogy vs metaphor
Replies: 19
Views: 67070

analogy vs metaphor

I suppose it is the Miner Prophets that have made Humpbacked Wales possible... Bob?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 17, 2005 2:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: beer or beers
Replies: 23
Views: 6437

beer or beers

It must be time to bail out.