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by russcable
Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: New ROOTs?
Replies: 20
Views: 5543

New ROOTs?

Robota in Czech means "labor" and not a mechanical being, and besides if "words from other languages" can't influence roots in English then I say there are very few or possibly no "roots" in English. Acronyms are "made-up" words, just because there is a explanation for it. Many people use scuba with...
by russcable
Sat Apr 23, 2005 4:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blue-haired
Replies: 5
Views: 2015

blue-haired

As to why "blue"... Grey hair, especially when it has faded all the way to white, has a tendency to take on an unattractive dingy yellowish cast over time and the blue rinse counteracts the yellowishness and makes it appear white again rather than blue (or green!). The same effect used to be used in...
by russcable
Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: New ROOTs?
Replies: 20
Views: 5543

New ROOTs?

laser maser (1957) robot (~1923) scuba (~1939) radar sonar (circa WWII)
by russcable
Thu Apr 21, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 13525

You're welcome

While you're using your new-found god-like editorial prowess to change the name of this thread from "your welcome" to "you're welcome" (and deleting my post suggesting a Polari origin for 'drag'), you might fix your own typos. ;-) "YOU ARE WELOCME" in advance. BTW, if any of you are using Internet E...
by russcable
Thu Apr 21, 2005 5:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'Tang' as the name for a building?
Replies: 5
Views: 3438

'Tang' as the name for a building?

Also... Tangs are a group of saltwater fish popular with aquarist's. The most popular/often-seen being the yellow tang(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebrasoma_flavescens). A picture of a fish would probably be a more effective logo than trying to depict the sharp, salty flavor of the sea air. Tangs a...
by russcable
Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of cordial?
Replies: 8
Views: 3124

origin of cordial?

Going through Google hits, almost all references to 'dilutin' seem to be just typo's or intentional abbreviations for 'diluting' or a brand name of paint except for 2 which both reference orange juice "fresh or dilutin", "the dilutin stuff". Perhaps she is really saying 'diluting'? I wonder if when ...
by russcable
Fri Apr 15, 2005 4:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pocketbook / purse / handbag
Replies: 10
Views: 3922

pocketbook / purse / handbag

A mary jane is not usually a sandal (although they can be). The distinguishing feature of a mary jane is the open instep with a strap over the front of the ankle and is usually worn with short white socks that fold over above the ankle and have a decorative edge. The name comes from the turn-of-the-...
by russcable
Wed Apr 13, 2005 3:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Elegaic, Word or Not?
Replies: 22
Views: 19542

Elegaic, Word or Not?

Me, While you're looking things up in the dictionaries, you should look up "inflection". "Inflection" in regards to language is either changing the tone or pitch of your voice or changing the spelling of a word to indicate gender (actor/actress), verb tense (run/ran), etc. I think you are talking ab...
by russcable
Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dystopic
Replies: 4
Views: 6209

dystopic

It doesn't sound wrong to me, but the dictionaries seem to prefer dystopian rather than dystopic, though anyone who knew what a dystopia was would understand what was meant by dystopic. However, since "utopian" seems to be the accepted adj. form of "utopia" (see what Bob wrote above), it does seem m...
by russcable
Sat Apr 09, 2005 7:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cellulite
Replies: 4
Views: 5270

cellulite

It's in all the "regular" dictionaries. Just because a word for a body part isn't in the medical dictionary doesn't make it not a "real" word. It's a particular kind of fat just under the skin with a lumpy appearance like cottage cheese particularly on the backs of the thighs and buttocks which does...
by russcable
Thu Apr 07, 2005 5:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: New ROOTs?
Replies: 20
Views: 5543

New ROOTs?

Depends on what you mean by "new" and "cannot be traced back." If by "cannot be traced back," you mean "cannot be traced back to some ancient language like Sanskrit", then yes. For example, "new" roots are formed from acronyms, e.g. the verb lase from the noun laser which is from the acronym Light A...
by russcable
Thu Apr 07, 2005 5:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blackberry
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

blackberry

Unfortuneately (for you), I believe the generic term will be, if it's not already, just "text" (short for "text message"), as in "I texted him yesterday." The Blackberry functions as a text pager, and cell phones do basically the same thing already and there are many more of them. Also, it will be m...
by russcable
Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: whet one's whistle
Replies: 12
Views: 5276

whet one's whistle

IMHO, sharpening your whistle (by running a course stone over your mouth which is a rather unpleasant image in itself and should probably only be done by a licensed dental practitioner) would only be useful if you tended to whistle flat or perhaps if you wanted your rendition of "Dixie" to sound har...
by russcable
Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:16 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dig dog or dog dig
Replies: 3
Views: 1767

dig dog or dog dig

Oh, the shame, the ignominy,... we have been chastened... "dig it" can not only mean to understand/get something but to appreciate/like/be "into" something, e.g. I really dig girls with glasses. For the other, with no example for context, I'll make some wild guesses... Dig-Dug is an arcade/video gam...
by russcable
Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: booyakasha
Replies: 15
Views: 16942

booyakasha

While we're on the subject of Ali G, I feel like I am missing out on the main point of the entire show because I'm not sure exactly what "type" he is doing. First, is he supposed to be a wanna-be - Sasha Cohen is a pretty Jewish name and I'm pretty sure what he's doing isn't a Jewish "type". Then, i...