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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:03 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: HELP! Can anyone do maths?
Replies: 10
Views: 6735

HELP! Can anyone do maths?

Something similar applies in relation to freebie product promotions in a way that makes them sound much better than they actually are. For instance, if a manufacturer of washing powder plasters the come-on slogan "10% EXTRA FREE!" on a carton that usually contains 100 grams, the carton contents now ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: free radical
Replies: 11
Views: 2467

free radical

The latest version of the Google toolbar contains a facility to check the spelling of online forms, submission windows (such as the one I am typing in right now) and so on. Highly recommended.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 29, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Miia followup
Replies: 8
Views: 4387

Miia followup

What precisely does the message say?
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 28, 2005 6:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: curse words
Replies: 18
Views: 11883

curse words

Debbie, let's hope your writings are researched better than your etymological theories. ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 28, 2005 3:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: incursion
Replies: 2
Views: 1150

incursion

It's perhaps something of a stretch to say that it's the opposite of 'excursion', but the online Merriam-Webster (m-w.com) supports both usages:

1 : a hostile entrance into a territory : RAID
2 : an entering in or into (as an activity or undertaking) <his only incursion into the arts>
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 25, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The secret of my success
Replies: 0
Views: 2107

The secret of my success

An eager young man asked a rich old man how he had made his money. The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and recounted: "Well, son, it was 1932... the depths of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. 'I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing that apple a...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:39 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Meanwhile, on another planet...
Replies: 3
Views: 2104

Meanwhile, on another planet...

Because the news of Prince Charles's affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles became public while he was still married to Diana, the prince's relationship with his mistress was controversial even after Diana's death. Accordingly, as he and Camilla began to consider their wedding plans, they decided to go t...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:15 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Eternity versus infirmity
Replies: 0
Views: 2306

Eternity versus infirmity

The doctor's waiting room was filled to capacity, but the physician was working at his usual snail's pace. After waiting for two hours, an old man slowly stood up and hobbled towards the door. When everyone stopped talking to look at him, he announced to the entire room, "I guess I'll just go home a...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: bloviate
Replies: 9
Views: 3156

bloviate

WoZ, the link I gave opens a topic with two pages. 'Bloviation' appears on page 2; my guess is that you only looked at page 1. I'm not sure why your Wordwizard search for 'bloviate' failed. When I ran a search just now (minus the inverted commas), it found about half a dozen occurrences on the site....
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:27 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Meanwhile, on another planet...
Replies: 3
Views: 2104

Meanwhile, on another planet...

A farmer was leaning across the fence that surrounded his property. He watched as a red sports car came roaring over the top of the hill and sped along the road towards the very spot where he was standing. At the last moment, the car came to a smoking stop and pulled off the road. Its driver lowered...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:50 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How not to butter up a pal
Replies: 0
Views: 2221

How not to butter up a pal

Jack Benny and George Burns became friends when both were young performers working their way up through the vaudeville circuit, and they remained friends until Benny died. One day, they were lunching at a Hollywood restaurant, and Benny was wrestling with the problem of whether or not to butter his ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 21, 2005 4:13 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Roe v. Wade
Replies: 2
Views: 2156

Roe v. Wade

A freshman undergraduate was asked by his history professor what he could say about the Roe versus Wade decision. The student sat thoughtfully and pondered the question's complexities. After deliberating for a minute, he finally sighed and replied, "I think it was the conclusion George Washington re...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:23 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The game of the name
Replies: 0
Views: 2061

The game of the name

Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, however, they had been restricted to meeting a few times a week to play cards. One day they were at the card table when one looked at the other and said, "Now don't ge...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of the word unifaun
Replies: 3
Views: 3570

origin of the word unifaun

The person you met was either mistaken, pulling your leg, or guilty of wishful thinking. 'Unifaun' does not appear in the Cassell Dictionary of Slang , a very comprehensive reference work; if it was as commonplace as your informant suggested, it would undoubtedly be represented in that volume. Incid...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pornography
Replies: 4
Views: 2455

pornography

Tell Renee she needs to put a bit more effort into things. *G*