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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 17, 2005 4:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Molon lave / molon labe
Replies: 20
Views: 18170

Molon lave / molon labe

Yes, alas!

I had indeed always felt that her priapensity for coitus eruptus was a poor onan for the future... but what a waste of a splendid pair of magmaries!
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Greek word for faith?
Replies: 4
Views: 4147

Greek word for faith?

No problem -- graecum est; non legitur.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the die is cast / the dye is cast
Replies: 17
Views: 22359

the die is cast / the dye is cast

But for now, I suggest you avoid using it on any US visa applications.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Molon lave / molon labe
Replies: 20
Views: 18170

Molon lave / molon labe

Emily, so what do you know about my Motown lover?

Singed,

Homely Nutella
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the die is cast / the dye is cast
Replies: 17
Views: 22359

the die is cast / the dye is cast

My mistake re your ID -- sorry.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: legal limit
Replies: 45
Views: 19161

legal limit

You must now add subtlety to the list of your virtues, Dale. :-)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the die is cast / the dye is cast
Replies: 17
Views: 22359

the die is cast / the dye is cast

Andrew, Somehow Hans Joerg omitted to clarify the fact that he is not in fact Phil White. I have spoken directly to Phil on several occasions and corresponded with him more frequently than that, so I state this with some certainty. Incidentally, 'posteriority' is a legitimate word meaning 'the condi...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Keep/get/have/put one's ducks in a row
Replies: 34
Views: 11664

Keep/get/have/put one's ducks in a row

In the spirit of sapere aude, I am eager to learn more of Oldham's colourful proverbial heritage.

Indeed I believe one traditional local saying is "Peterloo, ladies' rue; Mumps and Platt, ancient hat", having the rough meaning of "Let's change the subject and talk about something pleasanter".
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Keep/get/have/put one's ducks in a row
Replies: 34
Views: 11664

Keep/get/have/put one's ducks in a row

But bats are not fair-feather friends.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Please send me 200 words and there origin
Replies: 21
Views: 5951

Please send me 200 words and there origin

An ultra wide-angle lens, to be sure of getting the whole thing in the frame?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:32 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the origin of the word Greek
Replies: 10
Views: 7108

the origin of the word Greek

I assume you mean MORSE --> ROME'S ?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: flavour / flavoured
Replies: 6
Views: 5277

flavour / flavoured

Speaking as a copy editor, I prefer plain vanilla ice cream without any dashes (of flavouring).
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: legal limit
Replies: 45
Views: 19161

legal limit

Thank goodness we've finally sorted it all out.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:57 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Make Market
Replies: 20
Views: 5316

Make Market

That reminds me so much of the emblematic slogan of the '60s, "Make love, not groceries".

However, that was also the decade that saw the rise of Kwik-Save and Tesco, proving that sex and shopping go together after all.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Humor Me
Replies: 7
Views: 2983

Humor Me

Without the water music, one might be left Haydn dry.