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by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 10, 2005 6:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: denim and corduroy
Replies: 21
Views: 5907

denim and corduroy

One of the most remarkable civil engineering feats within living memory whose achievement depended considerably on corduroy/log roads to cope with waterlogged terrain was the construction of the Alaska Highway following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Just slightly before your time, Ken!
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 09, 2005 6:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 5000

Seeking a word

This is rather curious -- Russ Cable and Dale Hileman are the two people who most recently contributed postings to this thread according to 'Active Topics', but nothing recent from either of them shows up when you click on the thread. I wonder how this posting will fare?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 09, 2005 7:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 5000

Seeking a word

William, which do you like the sound of more? 'Benevolent', or 'despot'? :-)

PS -- Do give our regards to John Bolton!
by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 08, 2005 9:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 5000

Seeking a word

Actually, this word is normally spelt 'parliamentarian'. :-)
by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 08, 2005 10:19 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: skinned alive
Replies: 22
Views: 7987

skinned alive

You are quite right, it sounds extremely weird.

Not only that, but I don't see the relevance of your question to a forum that is primarily devoted to the meaning and etymology of English words and expressions.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 08, 2005 3:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fanny packs
Replies: 12
Views: 4202

fanny packs

While 'bum' is also passively understood in the US as referring to the buttocks, its primary connotation there is 'tramp, hobo'. 'Fanny', on the other hand, is generally regarded as a rather quaint or genteel word for the arse, so in my view its acceptance in the term 'fanny pack' (aided by its asso...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 07, 2005 11:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Just that
Replies: 4
Views: 2443

Just that

Yes, Dale, as your AP text demonstrates, the context is often decisive for how we must interpret a statement; but it is precisely because this is so that I disagree with your hypothesis about Chiara's wishes. Anny's original question includes the statement that: "Having grown up reading about her mo...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 07, 2005 5:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 5000

Seeking a word

How about policymaker, policy unit, policy director?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 07, 2005 1:57 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mother of All Etymologies
Replies: 33
Views: 11989

Mother of All Etymologies

Perhaps we atheists should unite under the standard of 'Bantheism'... No, just kidding! Although, despite the impression I must have created with my reference to the annoyingly ubiquitous SS Peter -- regarding whom the task you have implicitly set of determining the precise total is at least as prod...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 06, 2005 11:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Inability of being true to himself
Replies: 3
Views: 2178

Inability of being true to himself

In this general area you may want to consider: self-deceiving, self-deluding, letting oneself down, letting something/somebody get the better of one, not following one's destiny/dreams/stars, aiming low, not living up to one's potential, living in a fool's paradise, living in cloud-cuckoo-land, bein...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 06, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 6271

three on a match

Ken, I like the sound of the competition, but following the link only took me to a generic submissions page which gave no details of the May challenge you mentioned. I have a feeling you can only view that page if you are a subscriber -- am I correct? Meanwhile, if my own case can be taken as a reli...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 06, 2005 8:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: suck it up
Replies: 3
Views: 6382

suck it up

To which I'll just add that I don't think this expression is in common use in Britain.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 05, 2005 8:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: crocodile tears / alligator tears??
Replies: 2
Views: 2802

crocodile tears / alligator tears??

If one chose the mock-terrapin soup from a false prospectus that also offered alligatawny, the experience would be truly ersatz... No, unreally!
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 05, 2005 6:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Need Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 2559

Need Advice

Nina, I have a few comments about your form. Firstly, you have submitted this posting to four different forum areas of this site. This is not very considerate of our site visitors. Secondly, people would need to copy and paste your entire posting into theirs in order to give them a framework for the...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 05, 2005 6:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to street
Replies: 8
Views: 1926

to street

As in:

Here's a well-USed lawyer for sale,
Thrash him uphill and whack him down Dale.

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