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by russcable
Fri May 27, 2005 4:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: reservoir dogs
Replies: 9
Views: 4707

reservoir dogs

IMHO, it really doesn't _mean_ anything, it's just two words QT put together and said "Wow, that would be a really cool title for a movie!"

William, since you're being picky with others, it's "mea culpa" and pronounced "may uh cul pah".
by russcable
Thu May 26, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: menace to society
Replies: 4
Views: 4594

menace to society

Just adding for the sake of completeness, the movie in question is actually called "Menace II Society" (Roman numeral 2). I'll also mention again that if you are using IE, Google Toolbar now has a web form spell checker built in to the released version (see toolbar.google.com ) so you can spell-chec...
by russcable
Wed May 25, 2005 7:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: King James and UK vs US English
Replies: 6
Views: 4084

King James and UK vs US English

I don't know how it works in your family, but my ancestors do not ALL have the same last name... ;-)
by russcable
Wed May 25, 2005 1:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: King James and UK vs US English
Replies: 6
Views: 4084

King James and UK vs US English

Doing searches on biblegateway.com, their KJV spells it colour. In doing genealogical research around this time (1600's), I can tell you that it is not uncommon to find writings(journals, wills, government documents) that have the same word spelled several different ways by the same person even with...
by russcable
Tue May 24, 2005 1:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: peaceable vs peaceful
Replies: 4
Views: 4547

peaceable vs peaceful

Actually, "poorly" is a much worse choice to go with poverty than peaceable is to go with peace. Poorly almost always means the opposite of well while peaceable at least sometimes does mean peaceful. I built my shack impecuniously because I have little money. I built my mansion poorly because I have...
by russcable
Sun May 15, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: toward/towards
Replies: 21
Views: 11063

toward/towards

Whether it is "correct" or not, in my locale it is usually a backwards glance or a backwords move, and the combined phrase usually comes out "forward and backwards" but oddly "backwards and forwards".
by russcable
Sun May 15, 2005 7:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: beeline
Replies: 7
Views: 2365

beeline

For the humor-impaired ^^, apian is the adjective that means bee-like - felix(Latin for cat):feline::apis(Latin for bee):apian.
by russcable
Sun May 15, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: kindly requested to kindly...
Replies: 11
Views: 9112

kindly requested to kindly...

Unless you're speaking Latin, split infinitives are now generally considered acceptable and people who argue against them are something up with which I will not put, i.e. in the same category as the "never ever end a sentence with a preposition" crowd. On the other hand, "to kindly respond" associat...
by russcable
Mon May 09, 2005 2:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Paganism
Replies: 3
Views: 1913

Paganism

Sarah, I'd just like to point out the "dangers" of posting in an international forum. Though I know what you mean, in the US, you seem to be bragging about the fact that your father dropped out of school at the age of 12 - grammar school to us is a synonym for elementary school which is kindergarten...
by russcable
Sun May 08, 2005 8:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 5886

Seeking a word

A parliamentarian is usually someone who makes sure that existing rules are followed, in particular, the rules involving the procedures of the meetings of an organization, e.g. the order of the meeting, how motions are made, how many members are needed for a vote, etc.
by russcable
Thu May 05, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fanny packs
Replies: 12
Views: 4592

fanny packs

For some discussion that actually applies to the original question... :-) In my memories, fanny packs were originally worn in the back much like a back pack only around the waist rather than over the shoulders. In the US, fanny always refers to the backside. Also, IMO, pack probably wouldn't have be...
by russcable
Thu May 05, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: construe and rue
Replies: 3
Views: 1635

construe and rue

On the main page of this site are links to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the Compact OED, and OneLook.com. If after checking these references, you still have a more specific question please come back and ask it.
by russcable
Tue May 03, 2005 6:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: full bore
Replies: 5
Views: 7095

full bore

;-) ... but the pistons are always at "full bore" both in that they always exactly fill the diameter of the chamber and they always move the full length of their movement no matter what speed the engine is running.
by russcable
Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Heavens no vs Hell no
Replies: 7
Views: 5363

Heavens no vs Hell no

Here in the US, IMHO I don't see these two phrases as replacements for each other. "Hell no!" is either merely an intensified NO (My answer is not just no, but hell no!) and/or a NO expressing anger (Hell no! I didn't do it - I should beat you up for just asking!). "(Good) heavens no" implies disbel...
by russcable
Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: try the veal
Replies: 2
Views: 1513

try the veal

My guess would be that the source of the comedy bit arises from the old "vacation camps" (as seen in the movie _Dirty Dancing_). Much like a modern sea cruise, entertainment of various sorts was provided throughout your stay and one of the jobs of the entertainers was to push the food.