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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:35 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: ** On blowing one's wad
Replies: 0
Views: 2203

** On blowing one's wad

A successful businessman flew to Vegas for the weekend to gamble. There, despite starting off with a thick wad of bills, he lost the shirt off his back; by Sunday evening he had nothing left but a quarter in small change and the second half of his round-trip ticket. However, if he could just get to ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 17, 2005 1:03 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: puny
Replies: 11
Views: 7037

puny

Which raises the question of whether Tex orginally hails from somewhere in Appalachia or the Ozarks rather than from Texas, or has a close connection with someone who does.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skiffle
Replies: 19
Views: 12570

skiffle

That really is the teachest thing I've ever heard!
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:44 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Can't **** for toffee
Replies: 5
Views: 4934

Can't **** for toffee

Bah!
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: diaper
Replies: 17
Views: 4228

diaper

There's nothing half-assed about Ken once someone moomins at him... (_!_)

(Sorry, I just couldn't resist!)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Floccinaucinihilipilification
Replies: 5
Views: 5037

Floccinaucinihilipilification

It seems scarcely worth spelling out that the ad is purely an assault on the sentences, Shelley. On the other hand, let's face it: the worst consequences of spellingbeebunnybusinessification are just the kind of thing that we expect insurance companies to be good at dispelling.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: two times
Replies: 11
Views: 4758

two times

Edwin, you are forgetting the twee lines of the immortal Blake:

"Tiger, Tiger, birdying bwight
In the fowests of the night..."
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Great Britain
Replies: 25
Views: 10816

Great Britain

But what a pity it would be to put such a damper on the Ashes!
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:09 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Cold comfort harm
Replies: 0
Views: 2130

Cold comfort harm

"It's winter, and it's just a cold," the doctor said. "There is no cure, and you'll just have to live with it until it goes away." "But Doctor," his patient whined, "it's making me so miserable!" The physician rolled his eyes towards the ceiling. Then he said, "Okay, go home and take a hot bath. Aft...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "more metaphorico"
Replies: 1
Views: 1907

"more metaphorico"

In this context the Latin word 'more' means 'like' or 'in the manner (of)'. "Speaking more metaphorico " therefore means something like 'speaking in a metaphorical manner', which is as close as dammit to 'speaking metaphorically'. Other examples using 'more' in this way are more majorum ('after the ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:51 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: New product warning labels
Replies: 0
Views: 2290

New product warning labels

As responsible scientists and concerned citizens, we applaud the recent trend towards legislation requiring the prominent placing of warnings on products that present hazards to the general public. Yet we must also offer the cautionary thought that such warnings, however well-intentioned, merely scr...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: quantum leap
Replies: 46
Views: 11536

quantum leap

But now everyone else is going to have to go back and delete their posts also, in order to preserve the coherence of this thread and the rhetorical balance of insult and riposte. In this manner, Che, we are all doomed to revert to our starting-point through the domino effect that you are responsible...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 14, 2005 5:06 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Anatomy of a protest
Replies: 0
Views: 2266

Anatomy of a protest

Annoyed by the professor of anatomy, who liked to tell risqué anecdotes during class, a group of female students decided that the next time he started to tell one they would all rise and leave the room in protest. However, the professor got wind of their scheme just before class the following day, a...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 13, 2005 3:15 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Quo vadis?
Replies: 1
Views: 1740

Quo vadis?

The first-grade teacher was overseeing her pupils as they experimented with the computers on their desks. One boy sat staring at his screen, unsure how to get his machine going. His teacher walked over and read the message on his screen. In her most reassuring voice, she told the lad, "The computer ...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 12, 2005 2:17 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Keeping the good books
Replies: 0
Views: 2257

Keeping the good books

The minister had just gone over the quarterly accounts, and it was apparent that the finances of his church were heading for some difficult territory. However, while he was searching for a spare surplice in the church storeroom, in a dusty corner he also discovered a number of cartons of new bibles ...