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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cracker
Replies: 11
Views: 5543

cracker

In Britain, 'cracker' is a slang term that is often applied to a sexually desirable young woman, giving rise to the popular Christmastime double entendre, 'pulling a cracker'.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 8:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: red state, blue state
Replies: 16
Views: 10213

red state, blue state

Shelley, I found the following info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_flag : "It is known that from about 1300, Norman ships would fly red streamers to indicate that they would "take no quarter" in battle. This meaning continued into the 17th century, by which time the flag had been adopted by pir...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:53 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of "jibe"
Replies: 10
Views: 4706

origin of "jibe"

Edwin, what do you suggest regarding people who have elephants eye your sis?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 4:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: paper mill
Replies: 3
Views: 1557

paper mill

PS -- That would be the typical response of a paper millionaire.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 4:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pasty vs pastie
Replies: 34
Views: 10366

pasty vs pastie

Bob, Could you not telephone your pub landlord and ask him to send you some recuperative liquid relief by express barmaid to speed your recovery? Killing two birds while getting stoned, you could also check the Cornish pronunciation of 'pasty' with him over the phone. Then report back to us while yo...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Guitar - Ax
Replies: 15
Views: 3703

Guitar - Ax

I too am crossing myself with disbelief.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 09, 2005 12:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: rampant use of the word "robust"
Replies: 8
Views: 6287

rampant use of the word "robust"

Schwarzenegger didn't have much luck at the polls yesterday following his "California robust" campaign. I guess it's back to plain ol' "bust".
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 09, 2005 12:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Reapt or Reaped
Replies: 12
Views: 4989

Reapt or Reaped

But I really didn't do nothing!
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pasty vs pastie
Replies: 34
Views: 10366

pasty vs pastie

Apart from making me hungry, all this talk of Finnish-Cornish hybrid pasties has led me to another thought, namely: Is it beyond the wit of man to invent a pastry-based edible-cum-wearable accoutrement for strippers? The need is obvious.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 08, 2005 8:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origin/History "FU**"
Replies: 2
Views: 2940

Origin/History "FU**"

The archives of this site contain extensive discussions of the origins of this word, as the search tool will reveal.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 08, 2005 8:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Not enough English?
Replies: 18
Views: 7979

Not enough English?

Yes, of course those patients deserve the same level of care. But regardless of that theoretical point, in practice nurses who are effective verbal communicators are more likely to do a good job with the patients they are able to converse with than those with which they can't. It can boil down to su...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Not enough English?
Replies: 18
Views: 7979

Not enough English?

If that's a journalist's question, you can expect a politician's answer.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Guitar - Ax
Replies: 15
Views: 3703

Guitar - Ax

Yes, Edwin, the ax was indeed originally a spring instrument; it was much favoured for its usefulness in the early days of the American West for facilitating the early release of prisoners from rural jails. Moreover, as Herbert Axelrod showed when he sold his collection of violins in 2003, springs a...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: no entry
Replies: 23
Views: 10344

no entry

I positively have to oui-oui.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of "jibe"
Replies: 10
Views: 4706

origin of "jibe"

Careful, Russ! Such talk is liable to start Edwin off on the subject of shooting elephants in his pyjamas...