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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4776

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: 4776

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: 2707

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: 2797

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: 3599

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: 2740

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: 2145

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: 4784

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: 4240

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: 9086

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: 2432

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: 9086

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 ("......
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 9086

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

If Louis is a typical adherent of the General Semantics movement, that leaves me rapidly concluding that the movement's primary purpose must be to excuse its followers from bothering to take the trouble to communicate effectively with their fellow humans (presumably including each other); in other w...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 9086

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Jeff/El, just as soccer is merely 'sucre' to you, I've always thought of American football as 'foible'.

By the way, Louis, you know how I hate to nag, but I still haven't had an answer to my request for clarification.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 9086

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Ken, maybe Louis just isn't ready for his close-up yet?