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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:48 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: squeegee
Replies: 12
Views: 5904

squeegee

It is tempting to fantasise that 'squilgee' is a conflation of 'squishy' and 'bilge' that would be very much in keeping with having to deal with congealing-gut-encrusted decking.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 09, 2005 4:38 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rectitude on TV
Replies: 9
Views: 3314

rectitude on TV

If you insist, Dale...! Would you say that a 'pillar of rectitude' could also be called a 'colon'?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: coupe and saloon / American vs. British automotive-related terms
Replies: 34
Views: 13641

coupe and saloon / American vs. British automotive-related t

Bozo, 'Tailgating' seems to be a universal term for this universal phenomenon in the English-speaking world. Judging by their hand positions and the movements of their jaws, half the time the moronic perpetrators have poorly-embedded surgical implants in the sides of their heads which they are despe...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spunky
Replies: 7
Views: 5147

spunky

Hans Joerg, in my view there is a pretty good case to be made that "spunk = semen" directly reflects the second of Ken's senses of the word, namely "spark, spirit, liveliness, animation, full of life, animated". After all, semen is not only literally the carrier of new life, many, especially eastern...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rectitude on TV
Replies: 9
Views: 3314

rectitude on TV

How about 'weekly'?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spunky
Replies: 7
Views: 5147

spunky

There is one associated sense of the word 'spunk' that is missing here; in addition to all those listed above, it also carries the meaning 'semen', which Cassell's Dictionary of Slang tells me dates from the late 19 C and has given rise to a number of other terms such as 'to spunk/spunk off' (ejacul...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 7:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: coupe and saloon / American vs. British automotive-related terms
Replies: 34
Views: 13641

coupe and saloon / American vs. British automotive-related t

Simon's comment about the perceived pun on Bag End and cul-de-sac makes me curious about how 'Bag End' was translated in the French version of The Hobbit.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:11 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: It's snowing to beat the band
Replies: 1
Views: 1820

It's snowing to beat the band

Evah, this very phrase has already been discussed in http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=5080
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 07, 2005 7:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: beer or beers
Replies: 23
Views: 10419

beer or beers

Speaking as the native of a country whose national drink is beer in all its various forms, I must nevertheless assert that the best stable of beers I know of is made in the USA -- to be precise, by the New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colorado, which happens also to be Ken's home town. I...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: baby blues
Replies: 11
Views: 3422

baby blues

Doris, it seems that we are all pretty clueless in relation to the subject of your query. It is possible that you might have better luck either from consulting a history of obstetrics or posing your question in a medical newsgroup. Alternatively, you could try sending an email to a few UK medical sc...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: by heart
Replies: 3
Views: 2027

by heart

You are assuming it is a quote, but I suspect that it is merely an ancient idiom whose origins are probably untraceable.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: specially(-)marked
Replies: 6
Views: 5690

specially(-)marked

Russ, is this exegetic mode one of your specialities? :-)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: specially(-)marked
Replies: 6
Views: 5690

specially(-)marked

In general terms, if a multiple-word phrase is being used as an adjective, as it is here, it may need to be hyphenated: "Take advantage now of this never-to-be-repeated offer!" However, the necessity for the hyphen will depend primarily on whether its use will reduce the ambiguity or ease of reading...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: evangelist -- sense of humor
Replies: 7
Views: 2660

evangelist -- sense of humor

Born (again) to be smiled?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: evangelist -- sense of humor
Replies: 7
Views: 2660

evangelist -- sense of humor

A holy roller in the aisles?