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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: brand name replacements, e.g., Kleenex = tissue
Replies: 7
Views: 5119

brand name replacements, e.g., Kleenex = tissue

Quite so. Losing the capital E would bring little ecstasy to Britain.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:36 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Democratic values
Replies: 0
Views: 2834

Democratic values

Two opposing county chairmen were sharing a rare moment together. The Democratic chairman said, "I never pass up a chance to promote the party. For example, whenever I take a cab, I give the driver a sizeable tip and say, 'Vote Democratic.'" His opponent said, "I have a better scheme, and it doesn't...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Symbols and Brand Names
Replies: 3
Views: 2916

Symbols and Brand Names

To which I would add that you are probably not thinking of 'gentrification' (which the online Merriam-Webster at m-w.com defines as 'the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces earlier usually poorer r...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 31, 2005 6:09 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The varnished truth
Replies: 9
Views: 4050

The varnished truth

A man told his doctor that he wasn't able to do all the things around the house that he used to do. When the examination was complete, he said, "Now, Doc, I can take it. Tell me in plain English what is wrong with me." "Well, in plain English," the doctor replied, "you're just lazy." "Fair enough," ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:02 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The power of engineering
Replies: 0
Views: 2712

The power of engineering

Three engineers and three accountants were travelling to a conference by train. At the station, each having paid for a ticket, the three accountants looked on as the three engineers bought just one between them. "How are the three of you going to travel on only one ticket?" asked one of the accounta...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:24 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The long and the short of the tall
Replies: 0
Views: 2929

The long and the short of the tall

Four managers were in charge of their company's 50th anniversary celebrations. While planning the decorations, they decided they needed to measure the height of the flagpole at the entrance gate. So they loaded up the company golf cart with their equipment and rode out to the gatehouse. However, her...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 28, 2005 4:10 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: From little storks great hoke trees grow...
Replies: 0
Views: 2905

From little storks great hoke trees grow...

Along with the rest of his class, a ten-year-old boy was assigned by his teacher to write a paper about childbirth. So he asked his mother, "How was I born?" "Well, sweetheart," said his prudish parent, "the stork brought you to us." "Oh," said the boy. "Well, how did you and daddy get born?" "Oh, t...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: quantum leap
Replies: 46
Views: 11683

quantum leap

I fear Che's bladder is close to bursting once again.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: quantum leap
Replies: 46
Views: 11683

quantum leap

Gertrude Stein laid out her own uncertainty principle: "The minute you or anybody else knows what you are you are not it, you are what you or anybody else knows you are and as everything in living is made up of finding out what you are it is extraordinarily difficult really not to know what you are ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:56 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Jewish sons in Israel
Replies: 0
Views: 2880

Jewish sons in Israel

A Jewish businessman from Chicago sent his son to Israel for a year so that he could absorb the culture of his forefathers. When the son returned home, he said, "Papa, I had a great time in Israel. Oh, and by the way, I converted to Christianity." "Oy vay!" exclaimed his father. "What have I done!" ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:01 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: When Mother came to dinner
Replies: 0
Views: 2863

When Mother came to dinner

John invited his mother over for dinner. During the meal, his mother couldn't help noticing how physically attractive John's roommate was. She had long been unsure about her son's sexuality, and Scott’s good looks only made her all the more curious. As she observed their interaction over the course ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 25, 2005 5:03 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: deconstruct
Replies: 18
Views: 3354

deconstruct

Ken, I think you may have meant to say 'by Rove'. ;-)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 25, 2005 4:57 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A rising tide lifts all bloats
Replies: 0
Views: 3090

A rising tide lifts all bloats

Goodman was a moderately successful Connecticut stockbroker who dreamed of making big money some day. Seeking to impress an old friend with the possibilities of the brokerage business, he decided to take him out for a drive that followed a carefully chosen route along the coast. "Look at that lovely...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: deconstruct
Replies: 18
Views: 3354

deconstruct

If I were to observe that your postings on this site are consistently the most soporifically prolix of all, Che, I would not be the least bit surprised.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 24, 2005 4:17 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Hot water
Replies: 0
Views: 2884

Hot water

A businessman injured his leg skiing one weekend. By the time he got home on Sunday, his leg was very swollen and he was having trouble walking, so he called the family physician to his house. The doctor told him to soak his leg in hot water. But the leg continued to swell up and grew even more pain...