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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Please send me 200 words and there origin
Replies: 21
Views: 5882

Please send me 200 words and there origin

Can you recommend any good pictures of the place?
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Keep/get/have/put one's ducks in a row
Replies: 34
Views: 11585

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

Well, Edwin, you may be thinking of everybody's fair-weather friend, Gerry Mandering.

But I may be meandering off the point -- failing to keep all my ducks in a row, in other words.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Keep/get/have/put one's ducks in a row
Replies: 34
Views: 11585

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

Only in parts of northern England, as far as I know.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Not strictly on origins, but nevertheless...
Replies: 15
Views: 8484

Not strictly on origins, but nevertheless...

Every time Bush speaks at one of his rarely-held accountability-evading press conferences, it's as though I'm hearing one of those jumbled texts. Maybe there is something to be said for the infrequency of those occasions after all.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Make Market
Replies: 20
Views: 5271

Make Market

Besides the circumflex, numerous other accents (a.k.a. diacritic marks) are used in other Roman-based alphabets. A brief inspection of the range of characters that Wikipedia allows for in its postings will demonstrate their extent, as will MS Windows' Character Map. Essentially, the purpose of these...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 12, 2005 1:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pasty vs pastie
Replies: 34
Views: 10366

pasty vs pastie

The panties were probably too hard for people to get into.

Incidentally, Andrew, thanks for keeping an eye (or in your case, ear) out regarding this problem. It shows that there's at least one other person besides myself and the Quakers who is taking it seriously.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 12, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Make Market
Replies: 20
Views: 5271

Make Market

The acute accent is in fact known in French as "l'accent aigu".
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 12, 2005 5:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pasty vs pastie
Replies: 34
Views: 10366

pasty vs pastie

Quite true, Edwin. The numerous Renaissance paintings that show St Michael slaying the dragon usually depict him sitting astride a rather handsome steed.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 12, 2005 4:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Please send me 200 words and there origin
Replies: 21
Views: 5882

Please send me 200 words and there origin

Spiritus,

You surely exaggerate the extent of my wit, which is no greater than the intersect of those two black lines -- period.

Please, in all your humble magnanimity, reconsider your verdict.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Please send me 200 words and there origin
Replies: 21
Views: 5882

Please send me 200 words and there origin

Wordwizard, eh?

Now where have I heard that name before...?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Reapt or Reaped
Replies: 12
Views: 4989

Reapt or Reaped

Shelley, that's not what I think of as pop music.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cracker
Replies: 11
Views: 5543

cracker

The explanation for the name of the TV series that I found in an Amazon.com review is that "His character, Fitz, has a incredible way to crack people and get the information that he needs on the crimes that they committed." Either that, or he habitually wore his trousers rather loose around the hips...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: red state, blue state
Replies: 16
Views: 10213

red state, blue state

Yes, or it could just mean he was getting hot under the collar.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: rampant use of the word "robust"
Replies: 8
Views: 6287

rampant use of the word "robust"

Now you're just verbogerminating.