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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: specially(-)marked
Replies: 6
Views: 4649

specially(-)marked

In general terms, if a multiple-word phrase is being used as an adjective, as it is here, it may need to be hyphenated: "Take advantage now of this never-to-be-repeated offer!" However, the necessity for the hyphen will depend primarily on whether its use will reduce the ambiguity or ease of reading...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: evangelist -- sense of humor
Replies: 7
Views: 1884

evangelist -- sense of humor

Born (again) to be smiled?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: evangelist -- sense of humor
Replies: 7
Views: 1884

evangelist -- sense of humor

A holy roller in the aisles?
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 25, 2005 6:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: avatar
Replies: 25
Views: 5311

avatar

Dale, I think your label for the 'Matrix' characters is accurate. Bob, the reason that there is a genuine market in computer gaming avatars is that it takes such a lot of effort and playing time to create an avatar with the most desirable attributes. The best ones can reputedly fetch hundreds of dol...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 25, 2005 6:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Chinese parliament
Replies: 7
Views: 4939

Chinese parliament

Good point, Russ. In the USA 'Chinese fire drill' also has a more specific meaning. It can refer to a prank or stunt in which all the occupants of a car leap out at a red light and get back in, but reoccupy different seats. The aim is to complete the manoeuvre and be ready to roll before the light t...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 24, 2005 11:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: And, as they say, Annie's home
Replies: 10
Views: 2785

And, as they say, Annie's home

'Nuff said! :-)
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:53 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: And, as they say, Annie's home
Replies: 10
Views: 2785

And, as they say, Annie's home

If this guess is wrong, I apologise in advance to McVane, but it's all starting to smell like a hoax assignment.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:49 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: limited edition
Replies: 6
Views: 1711

limited edition

Yes, but John was referring to the bottles 'rattling through the rollers', not to the wine contained in them.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 24, 2005 8:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: glitch in algorithm
Replies: 15
Views: 4109

glitch in algorithm

That's scary. I thought you said you were an engineer...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 23, 2005 10:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: limited edition
Replies: 6
Views: 1711

limited edition

Russ, the cow-burning method has already been applied in Britain -- with some success, I may add! The traditional method for limiting the number of prints made from a plate is to score across it with a sharp instrument, such as a mass-produced steel nail. I've never heard of a limited-edition wine b...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: between
Replies: 9
Views: 2204

between

No, I think not, Dale. As Russ has so clearly demonstrated in his excellent examples, context is all in this matter.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: capitalism
Replies: 9
Views: 3636

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: 3636

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: 2949

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: 4109

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...