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by russcable
Mon Mar 07, 2005 5:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: beer or beers
Replies: 23
Views: 11199

beer or beers

Keep in mind that up until the fairly recent (last 10 years or so) explosion of micro-breweries, almost all (possibly even all) mass-produced brand-name American-made beers sold in stores and bars and restaurants were basically pilsner lagers - Budweiser, Miller, Coors, Busch, Pabst, Sheaffer, etc. ...
by russcable
Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: black-diamond price
Replies: 2
Views: 2127

black-diamond price

Black diamond is the designation given to very difficult ski slopes only to be attempted by advanced skiiers. The author is making a pun on the high price of diamonds and that going off the trail is likely to be an E-ticket ride resulting in an expensive hospital stay, broken limbs, lost work, etc.
by russcable
Thu Mar 03, 2005 5:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: baby blues
Replies: 11
Views: 3638

baby blues

The term "baby blues" is not unique to Newfoundland. There is even a comic strip by that name that is a play on the term and the Wikipedia article for postpartum depression lists it as a synonym. I do have my doubts about it being in use at the turn of the century. I would even be a little suprised ...
by russcable
Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: specially(-)marked
Replies: 6
Views: 5953

specially(-)marked

IMHO, IANAL, etc., what makes this phrase special case (or a degenerate case) of the normal rule here is that the phrase is adverb verb-form-adjective noun, rather than the usual adjective adjective noun. I think that there's no way to parse it than (1 2) 3 so making a distintion between (1-2) 3 and...
by russcable
Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Wimauma
Replies: 2
Views: 1949

Wimauma

By using Google, I came up with:
http://www.crazedfanboy.com/npcr/laflapcr243.html
"WIMAUMA (Town of): Located in Hillsborough County, the named was formed from the first letters of daughters Wilma, Maud and Mary by the town's first postmaster, Captain Davis."
by russcable
Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: specially(-)marked
Replies: 6
Views: 5953

specially(-)marked

Also, since specially is an adverb, it can only be modifying the adjective. In the phrase "specially marked packages" or even the awkward "marked specially packages", you can tell that "specially" modifies "marked" because "specially packages" is not grammatically correct. Of course, that conclusion...
by russcable
Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nhl
Replies: 6
Views: 3398

nhl

While the teams Nahani mentions are known as "The Original Six", the teams that existed the first year of the NHL (1917) were all Canadian: the Montreal Canadiens, the Montreal Wanderers, the Ottawa Senators, the Quebec Bulldogs, the Toronto Arenas. "The Original Six" is a nickname for the slate fro...
by russcable
Sat Feb 26, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Google anomalies
Replies: 7
Views: 3843

Google anomalies

Although this doesn't match the help on the site, the "intitle:" keyword does not seem to always omit search results that don't have the word in the title no matter which box you put it in, it should merely make the results with that word in the title sort first (better matches). For what you want, ...
by russcable
Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Chinese parliament
Replies: 7
Views: 6268

Chinese parliament

Actually Bobinwales's use of "speak _a_ Chinese language" points out a more reasonable explanation of this than pure stereotyping (it's all Greek to me). The spoken Chinese language consists of many mutually-unintelligable dialects that share a common written language. While most modern educated Chi...
by russcable
Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: avatar
Replies: 25
Views: 8543

avatar

The original meaning of avatar was the incarnation of a deity in a human body. Then, the representation of some ideal or virtue in human form. And now, it's the representation of a human being in virtual form. This use of the word was popularized in Neal Stephenson's cyber-punk novel "Snow Crash" (c...
by russcable
Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: And, as they say, Annie's home
Replies: 10
Views: 4635

And, as they say, Annie's home

I've scoured the Internet and can find nothing on the Internet closer than "up in Annie's room behind the clock." In addition to searching for just the bits and pieces, I've also tried it with Anne, Anny, Ane, Andy, Auntie, Aunty, ... I'm guessing the saying must have been very limited in geographic...
by russcable
Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: limited edition
Replies: 6
Views: 2589

limited edition

A limited edition means that they will never make MORE of them. TV commercials for limited edition ceramics will often mention breaking the molds which would certainly be more effective than any method for "limiting" the production of a modern book edition (we're going to cremate all cows everywhere...
by russcable
Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: datum, data
Replies: 10
Views: 3346

datum, data

Does your dictionary really recommend that any of these words has an 'r' sound at the end or added into the middle (data rhymes with dater or darter??) or are those just supposed to be "close" rhymes to so we get the vowel sound? Most online dictionaries still give both pronunciations and some of th...
by russcable
Wed Feb 23, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: run out of town on a rail
Replies: 2
Views: 4860

run out of town on a rail

I'm pretty sure it's a wooden fence rail rather than a railroad rail, i.e. a rough splintery length of wood longer than a person to which the person was attached by whatever means either atop or hanging underneath, and then escorted out of town by men carrying the rail. You often see this in combina...
by russcable
Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: between
Replies: 9
Views: 3484

between

Dale: That you are an engineer is exactly my point. An old joke: How do you tell engineers from non-engineers? Ask them to count to ten - if they start with 0 they're an engineer.