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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 34487

couples

Similarly, we should not forget John Mortimer's lawyer creation, Rumpole, whose wife he has dubbed She Who Must Be Obeyed.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: reversing quotes
Replies: 11
Views: 7083

reversing quotes

Bob, you may not know it, but we discussed the subject of the language settings of Microsoft Word at length (not to say ad nauseam ) in the topic http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=7405. In that thread I suggested ways in which the phenomenon you describe could be avoided. Since then I...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 03, 2005 3:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 34487

couples

From reviewing a variety of opinions, to me it seems evident that until our English-speaking societies are able to agree on the social and/or legal status of the individual members of unmarried couples (whether gay or straight), the question of which term to use mainly depends on personal preference...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 01, 2005 8:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 13411

mnemonics

Yes, where is Leif these days?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Mnemonics that failed
Replies: 0
Views: 3199

Mnemonics that failed

In another thread Phil White revealed that the mnemonic "The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides" for memorising Pythagoras' Theorem, "The square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sums of the squares on the other two sides," failed to be memorable, alt...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 9053

nondescript

This is a day that will live in infinity.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 9053

nondescript

The fifth.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 9053

nondescript

Dale, 'Nineteen' was from 20 years ago. Does that count for nothing?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 31, 2005 8:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 9053

nondescript

I nominate 57/1.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cartoon jargon
Replies: 5
Views: 4016

cartoon jargon

I think John only meant that the graphical effects (speed lines etc.) are familiar to all readers of cartoon strips, not that the jargon terms describing them are known to everyone.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 2:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: pangrams
Replies: 9
Views: 4621

pangrams

Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz. (31 letters.)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: reversing quotes
Replies: 11
Views: 7083

reversing quotes

Though you don't have a German keyboard installed, Dale, the Word keyboard shortcuts which can be seen at Insert > Symbol should still work. They are Ctrl+`" for “ and Ctrl+'" for ” (note that you must hold the Ctrl key down without releasing it as you type in each two-punctuation-character sequence...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boob
Replies: 4
Views: 3682

boob

Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary gives a date of 1680-90 for 'bubby', with the explanation "Perhaps imitative of a baby's cry or of sucking sound". The same source states that 'booby' dates from 1930-1935 US usage, and is probably a variant of 'bubby', while 'boob' is stated in WNUUD t...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:16 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Field of view/vision
Replies: 6
Views: 3852

Field of view/vision

Your explanation suggests the most accurate translation is "The size of the component exceeds that of the field of vision".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 27, 2005 12:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: top it the knob
Replies: 4
Views: 6036

top it the knob

Yes, but with the spelling 'nob' rather than 'knob'. According to the etymologies given in the Cassell Dictionary of Slang, there is no connection between 'nob' and the verb 'hob-nob', as in the stock expression "he's off hob-nobbing with the gentry" (implying that the person thus referred to is ass...