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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: commuter
Replies: 4
Views: 1867

commuter

In Britain too people would speak of their 'commutes'. I can guarantee that anyone who described their regular journey to work as a 'commutation' would receive an equally old-fashioned look.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: podcast
Replies: 18
Views: 6488

podcast

But it rhymes with 'leek'! ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 19
Views: 8716

the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]

Whereas most ladies on dry land prefer hard lickers... or so I'm told.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: podcast
Replies: 18
Views: 6488

podcast

The one I'd most like to avoid is the muzak that companies with automated switchboards force through your earpiece when you're on hold. They have selection options for routing your call -- why not let you choose the phone tones as well?

(Thus is a new multi-million-dollar industry launched...)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 19
Views: 8716

the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]

Bob, if you were to tell me that your least fuzzy childhood recollections of your dad involve him pressing his tankard to his lips at an upwardly-tilted 30-degree angle for 30 seconds at a time, I would not be at all surprised.

Is his nickname down the pub 'Nelson', by any chance? ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: beaten all ends up
Replies: 15
Views: 7054

beaten all ends up

What I am curious to know is the quantity of an average donkey's years.

Given the current vacuum of effective leadership in their party, maybe a good guide would be the period that the average US Democrat stays elected before he loses his seat hands down, hands up.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 19
Views: 8716

the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]

I don't know, Edwin, but it certainly seems possible that Lady Gordon was one of the first to promote safe sex with her Lady Jane. For one thing, you would have needed to overcome the combinations.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 4:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: letter writing - declining a share of something
Replies: 9
Views: 4334

letter writing - declining a share of something

Balarabe, here's how I very recently declined a share of 20 million US dollars that I was offered by one of your countrymen who calls himself MR OGORM <ogorm1@hotmail.com> I hope you are able to make use of some it: Dear Mr Muu, Thank you for your kind invitation for me to act as an honest partner...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 4:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 19
Views: 8716

the king's penny [the king's shilling -- Forum Admin.]

For what it's worth, I am only familiar with the term 'the King's shilling' rather than 'the King's penny' in the context of someone being in the sovereign's employ; according to the Chambers 20th Century Dictionary, 'to take the King's shilling' means "to enlist as a soldier by accepting a recruiti...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 13, 2005 4:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: git (the camel connection)...
Replies: 2
Views: 4941

git (the camel connection)...

Welcome back, Simon! The site hasn't been the same without you... that's because while you were gone, Phil White has been steadily revising and improving it, as will continue to become apparent. Anyway, I recall exactly the same definition of 'git' circulating in my secondary school in the south of ...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: down the pike
Replies: 5
Views: 4720

down the pike

In this discussion we shouldn't overlook down the pipeline, which also has a couple of different, though related, connotations: 1) Relating to a time-dependent or subsequent period or moment in a (typically predictable) sequential process: <After the outline plans for the shopping mall were approved...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 08, 2005 2:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: podcast
Replies: 18
Views: 6488

podcast

But what about poor Bob? Is he entitled to nothing for his succinctness?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 08, 2005 9:22 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Mayday!
Replies: 0
Views: 2319

Mayday!

The day was 1 May 1991; the occasion was the last May Day parade ever to take place in the soon-to-be-defunct Soviet Union. As the ostentatious procession of tanks, stormtroopers, long-range bombers and ICBMs paraded across Red Square towards the exit, ten men in black, every one of them with the lu...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 08, 2005 8:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: podcast
Replies: 18
Views: 6488

podcast

Wow, Bob, even including your name, you did it in just 24 words!

You are now entitled to full credit from an enlightened and grateful Dale...

(And to think the answer was that simple all the time! Shamelessly staring us in the face like that! :-)
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grudgingly vs. Begrudgingly
Replies: 8
Views: 27716

Grudgingly vs. Begrudgingly

Whichever it is, I am with Phil on this.