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Sat Dec 18, 2004 8:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 15247

tsunami vs. tidal wave

In this morning’s news, I did find the use of the phrase ‘tidal wave’: ____________________________ BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - MSNBC News Services, Updated 11:03 a.m. ET Dec. 28, 2004: The death toll from the epic TIDAL WAVES that rocked 11 countries rose to around 44,000 people on Tuesday after Sri La...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 8:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: happy as a sandboy
Replies: 15
Views: 9219

happy as a sandboy

I shall merely note that an earlier version of the Word spellchecker once suggested to me "Happy as a sandbag" as an appropriate correction. Cute, I thought.
Phil W. 31 December, 2004
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 5:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pimp the system
Replies: 4
Views: 3724

pimp the system

Rob, Ken, Jeff: Most helpful My quick Googling seems to indicate also that ~, more than a rap style, is becoming a lifestyle, one of somewhat less than sterling qualities. Any further comments appreciated--Thanks again guys and happy holidays as it's becoming Politically Incorrect to say "Merry Chri...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 5:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pimp the system
Replies: 4
Views: 3724

pimp the system

Pimp has become a common word here in the States, with many uses, including noun, verb, and adjective. A popular television show is called "Pimp my ride", where cars are modified to make them flashy. Also, being stern with a person is referred to as showing your "pimp hand". I personally enjoy weari...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 5:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pimp the system
Replies: 4
Views: 3724

pimp the system

Dale, A look at the Google hits on ‘pimp the system’ tells me that it seems to mean to ‘milk’ or ‘exploit’ the system for all it is worth. The ‘pimp’ comes in as a verb since it describes how a ‘pimp’ (usually a man) exploits his prostitutes. I don’t see where it necessarily means doing anything ill...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 5:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pimp the system
Replies: 4
Views: 3724

pimp the system

EBONICS is the colloquial term for African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Though coined at a 1973 conference on AAVE, the term was not widely known until the late 1990s when it became a controversial topic in the United States, mainly over its linguistic status. Today an Ebonics form of the wor...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 1:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: G-string
Replies: 8
Views: 6855

G-string

.. yes Brian you "more youthful whippersnappers in Oz" probably do call it a "thong" and unfortunately as in so many things you are also losing your distinctive Aussie identity to become shadowy clones of a culture that is alien .. losing your language to copy a foreign tongue is a sad thing for any...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 1:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: G-string
Replies: 8
Views: 6855

G-string

Thanks for the wonderful insight into this much admired piece of clothing apparel, but I do recall reading some time ago that it originated from a german word - I could be completely wrong. Also,was the term specifically American Indian & anglicised (anglicized for you yanks)? Regards, Brian - Austr...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 1:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: G-string
Replies: 8
Views: 6855

G-string

Robert .. the change of "g-string" to "thong" draws a great many jokes Downunder as a thong in Aus is a very different piece of apparel .. namely a rubber or leather sandal of simple construction that is held on the foot by passing between the first and second toes .. called a jandal in Kiwi land an...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: G-string
Replies: 8
Views: 6855

G-string

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Reply from Rob Masters (Thailand - Thailand)
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: G-string
Replies: 8
Views: 6855

G-string

And Xmas thongs are being thung...

Robmas 22dec04
Reply from Rob Masters (Thailand - Thailand)
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: G-string
Replies: 8
Views: 6855

G-string

Winter draws on.
Reply from Leighton Harris (Cambridge - England)
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: G-string
Replies: 8
Views: 6855

G-string

Public awareness of the G-string gained popularity in Brazil and then America in the 1970’s, although there are instances before this period. The reference is to a swimsuit or underwear, the back of which is so narrow that it disappears into the cleft of the buttocks (as if you didn’t know that!) an...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: G-string
Replies: 8
Views: 6855

G-string

Brian, This question was answered in the Clubhouse a long time ago and if you search under ‘g-string’ (posting # 832) using the ‘Word Search’ box at the top of the page you will find the basic answer. However, some newer sources provide a bit more detail. __________________________________ Facts on ...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 8:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gentrify
Replies: 9
Views: 5350

gentrify

Jose, The nearest thing that I can think of is URBAN BLIGHT. But some may define it more as the result, rather than the process, of neighborhoods in cities slowly deteriorating with the middle class gradually leaving as it slowly becomes a slum. I experienced this first hand when I lived in New York...