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by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 24, 2005 8:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spring tide
Replies: 4
Views: 2121

spring tide

Which is not to be confused with the Scots 'neeptide', meaning 'turnip harvest'.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 24, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: proof
Replies: 5
Views: 1613

proof

Hans Joerg, have you tried bananas flambé yet? Many a pirate must have had his beard singed thereby!
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 24, 2005 4:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: hunky-dory
Replies: 4
Views: 3224

hunky-dory

Anny, this is not quite the answer you were asking for, but a good starting-point for your query would be to search for hunky-dory using this site's search facility, and then to concentrate on those hits where the phrase appears in the title of the posting. Otherwise, I can best describe the usage a...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 24, 2005 2:44 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: peaceable vs peaceful
Replies: 4
Views: 4266

peaceable vs peaceful

Anny, Russ has a good point there. 'Impecuniously' stands out in his example sentence for its relative unfamiliarity, but it is about as close as you can get to an adverb that approximately means 'in a manner that is the result of financial poverty'.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 23, 2005 11:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up-or-down vote
Replies: 5
Views: 4858

up-or-down vote

The very same expression has been annoying me too, partly because the context in which it was being used always left me unsure about exactly what was meant. Only when I looked it up in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_down_vote), which took its explanation almost verbatim from the website ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 23, 2005 6:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: peaceable vs peaceful
Replies: 4
Views: 4266

peaceable vs peaceful

'Peaceful' generally means 'calm, serene, enjoying or favouring peace, belonging to a time of peace', whereas 'peaceable' generally means 'favouring peace', and is frequently applied to people or nations that prefer to lead a quiet existence. The words are partial synonyms. Of the two, 'peaceful' is...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 23, 2005 12:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Stepbrother or Half-brother or both?
Replies: 3
Views: 2662

Stepbrother or Half-brother or both?

That you are getting to know the family of your better half stepwise, or step-by-step -- in other words, you are only meeting them halfway.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 22, 2005 5:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dang or dang it
Replies: 13
Views: 5292

dang or dang it

Perhaps so, but it's impossible to darn without a thread.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 20, 2005 8:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: down to
Replies: 6
Views: 2296

down to

Just to amplify the possible connection with bookkeeping that Phil referred to, the Cassell Dictionary of Slang contains the following entry for 'down to':

[1970s+] responsible for. [figurative use of the abbreviation of Standard English 'written down to'].
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 19, 2005 6:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Base 36
Replies: 14
Views: 13400

Base 36

Ken, I agree with your logic. After some further investigation (which I ought to have done before posting the above) it is clear to me that 'tridecimo-' would refer to thirteen, not thirty, and hence 'tridecimosenary' would mean 'relating to thirteen plus six', which would be a nonsensical way of sa...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 19, 2005 4:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Base 36
Replies: 14
Views: 13400

Base 36

I would go for 'tridecimosenary'.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 18, 2005 6:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: punching dogies / cowpunching
Replies: 5
Views: 8107

punching dogies / cowpunching

Which suggests that Arizona's State flower ought to be the Black-Eyed Susan instead of the saguaro cactus.

By the way, Sam, is it 'dogies' or 'doggies'?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 18, 2005 4:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Is dorknoid a real word?
Replies: 3
Views: 2801

Is dorknoid a real word?

The only word I know of that ends in '-oia' other than 'paranoia' is 'sequoia', which of course is not a word of Greek origin but derives from a Cherokee personal name. Nevertheless, apart from requiring a diaeresis to clarify the pronunciation, a case could be made for the adjective 'sequoïd' (pron...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 18, 2005 4:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dang or dang it
Replies: 13
Views: 5292

dang or dang it

I have no particular information concerning the regional prevalence of 'dang it', but it is fairly obviously a minced oath that derives from 'Damn it!' The Cassell Dictionary of Slang describes 'dang' as being a euphemism for 'damn' that occurs from the mid-19th C onwards. Just out of curiosity, Tex...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 17, 2005 7:16 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The meaning of the word "Abu" and "areba"
Replies: 16
Views: 5259

The meaning of the word "Abu" and "areba"

Spiritus, are you as aggressively and unpleasantly overbearing in person as you are on this forum? You have truly taken condescending bullshitting to new levels of self-importantly insistent smugness, and it isn't winning you many friends here. You appear to be so delighted with the sound of your ow...