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by christinecornwall
Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing Archive
Topic: Dogs, dogs everywhere.
Replies: 25
Views: 26966

Re: Dogs, dogs everywhere.

QI have set up a quibbles blog just for such anoraky comments (although nobody has yet quibbled with "Doris"). I have to say, I am a sucker for the show. Oh dear, I appear to be getting anoraky about QI.... Can you fill me in about anoraky, because this is what I found... Main Entry: an·o·rak Pronu...
by christinecornwall
Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: anorak
Replies: 30
Views: 9612

Re: Dogs, dogs everywhere.

QI have set up a quibbles blog just for such anoraky comments (although nobody has yet quibbled with "Doris"). I have to say, I am a sucker for the show. Oh dear, I appear to be getting anoraky about QI.... Can you fill me in about anoraky, because this is what I found... Main Entry: an·o·rak Pronu...
by christinecornwall
Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Say what?
Replies: 4
Views: 2028

Re: Say what?

<2008 “‘Apparently the tradition of wearing mortarboards (with a tassel on top to signify a trail of mortar falling off the board) goes back to the graduation ceremonies of the middle ages, when masons were made masters of their trade.’ ‘Say what?! Graduation ceremonies for masons in the Middle Age...
by christinecornwall
Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Telephone terms/evolution
Replies: 10
Views: 1941

Re: Telephone terms/evolution

It is interesting that Texting is so popular. I haven't gotten into that but I don't have anyone I need to communicate with other than verbally! I can't seem to figure out how to quote someone and include the poster. I have just begun to text and have found it useful when sitting in a park, or perh...
by christinecornwall
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Correct bad habit
Replies: 10
Views: 1738

Re: Correct bad habit

Thanks a bunch Erik. It seems I'd better getting quaking.
by christinecornwall
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Telephone terms/evolution
Replies: 10
Views: 1941

Re: Telephone terms/evolution

I remember my mother always telling me how she deliberately put a dime in her shoe, when on dates, in case she needed to call home. She continued the tradition, by sending me along with a quarter. A couple of months back, my cell phone was lost and it was impossible for me to find a payphone! Times ...
by christinecornwall
Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Correct bad habit
Replies: 10
Views: 1738

Re: Correct bad habit

Steve, .. yes but consider .. "you should try to correct that bad habit" >> "Don't be such a stickybeak it's poor form!" .. WoZ of the stubby nose I've never heard stickybeak used in conversation, nor do I recall reading it. So I looked it up and got this: Stickybeak, it turns out, isn't in the fre...
by christinecornwall
Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word describing common fruit feature
Replies: 18
Views: 5722

Re: Word describing common fruit feature

Good point Erik. I think in the upcoming school year, I'll get a jump on myself and do the parts of an apple in September, rather than the pumpkin in October lol. All I am really trying to teach them is the way a diagram works, and how to say words slowly, listen and record the sounds. The pumpkin '...
by christinecornwall
Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word describing common fruit feature
Replies: 18
Views: 5722

Re: Word describing common fruit feature

Thanks for your help everyone. The links were quite helpful and led me to this. Luckily, we have smartboards at our school and this image will be useful. http://www.knowledgerush.com/wiki_image ... s_text.jpg
by christinecornwall
Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: seemingly
Replies: 12
Views: 2006

Re: seemingly

Actually, all those terms except 'jerk' were once used to refer to particular categories and degrees of mental handicap. There is a useful Wikipedia discussion of the process by which the perceptions attached to such terms evolve.[/quote] The link was interesting to read. While I was already aware t...
by christinecornwall
Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: seemingly
Replies: 12
Views: 2006

Re: seemingly

Just about any other term, at least in my region would not cause people to gasp or look saucer-eyed at the other listeners in the room. Jerk, moron, idiot and cretin come to mind as socially ok to use without being offensive to a particularly helpless segment of the population.
by christinecornwall
Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word describing common fruit feature
Replies: 18
Views: 5722

Re: Word describing common fruit feature

The calyx is the sepals - the outside of the bud. On apples and other pomes, the calyx and the stamen remain on the fruit, but on most fruit this is not the case. Pumpkins are pepos (berries with a hardened skin) and the flower is completely gone so the scar is not the calyx. These are going to be ...
by christinecornwall
Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word describing common fruit feature
Replies: 18
Views: 5722

Re: Word describing common fruit feature

Try 'calyx'. Having said that, there are many types of fruit structure , and I could be wrong in this case. I think your neighbour missed a trick: a better term for the circle on the bottom would have been 'melanus'. ;-) I failed to find calyx in the article, Erik. Where did you find this term? Btw...
by christinecornwall
Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: seemingly
Replies: 12
Views: 2006

Re: seemingly

a layer of interviews with half-retards 2\ˈrē-ˌtärd\ often offensive : a retarded person; also : a person held to resemble a retarded person in behavior.... At the risk of appearing self-righteous and harsh, I would encourage you, Dante, to use another phrase. Having a beloved cousin who struggles ...
by christinecornwall
Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word describing common fruit feature
Replies: 18
Views: 5722

Word describing common fruit feature

I was labeling the parts of a pumpkin with my first graders, when I realized I did not know the name for the little brown circle on a piece of fruith: the circle on the bottom where the flower dies. My witty neighbor offered 'melonious' as his own creation, but I would love to know if a word exists ...