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Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: alickadoo
Replies: 3
Views: 2319

alickadoo

I get 300 hits but only one def: A touchline pundit who talks a great deal more than he knows
Perhaps it's a British expression---Thanks guys
Submitted by dale hileman (Apple Valley, CA - U.S.A.)
by Archived Topic
Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: chairman
Replies: 1
Views: 1278

chairman

Now a fact the word was never gender conscious as the vast majority of our English comes from Greek or Roman derivation, for the word comes from 'manus' the hand or handle. Hence we have the handler of the chair, or the hand controlling the chair. No gender. Sorry fellow readers though this may help...
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Fri Dec 17, 2004 3:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Google / google
Replies: 12
Views: 2256

Google / google

We now must accept "google" into the English Dictionaries of the World. Be the first to submit an entry. It must be on the fast track to Websters. The Oxford Canadian Dictionary has now recognized "spork", that handy utensil in a KFC condement bag.
Submitted by Gregg MacDonald (Halifax - Canada)
by Archived Topic
Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You shall know them by their deeds
Replies: 5
Views: 1492

You shall know them by their deeds

...and all this time, I thought this was from the bible, but it doesn't seem to appear any place except in modern chat rooms & message boards. Any hints?
Vin¢
Submitted by Vince Roemer (Indianapolis - U.S.A.)
by Archived Topic
Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: profanity and sacrilige
Replies: 16
Views: 3255

profanity and sacrilige

I've just found this site and it's amazingly "lively" so it is with some caution that I dare ask... A while back we all were chatting and the whole business of swearing came up, and then it got wider and wilder and nobody could really work out what the difference was. What I mean to say is that you ...
by Archived Topic
Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:47 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: in the tub
Replies: 3
Views: 1051

in the tub

There is a great on-line comic, with aspects of Pogo, Peanuts, and Calvin and Hobbes in every strip. You can find and read it at: http://www.ozyandmillie.org/ Real fun reading, very thought-provoking, too. There are five years of the strip in .zip files, if you read any and like them. =) (I have no ...
by Archived Topic
Fri Dec 17, 2004 2:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: modern spelling
Replies: 4
Views: 1307

modern spelling

Is there a generally accepted date or time frame that what we consider correct spelling of English (or American) words came about? I've tried to research this, and have found details of several early dictionaries, one of which had the word "alphabeticall [sic]" in the title. I know that language is ...
by Archived Topic
Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: like a lizard drinking
Replies: 2
Views: 1026

like a lizard drinking

This is an intriguing Aussie expression meaning busy or fast and I'd appreciate any other meanings When I google ~ as a phrase but rejecting "australia, "au" "uk" "aussie" etc I get only 32 hits; would I be correct in assuming it hasn't yet caught on here Incidentally, when "flat out" is added, does...
by Archived Topic
Thu Dec 16, 2004 9:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sitting around like a lemon
Replies: 7
Views: 2968

sitting around like a lemon

Why a lemon? Do lemons actually sit around? Why does it imply idleness or laziness? This is one of these phrases that we often use without thinking - we will say "Stop sitting around..." and add "...like a lemon" as an intensifier. How and when did this curious phrase originate? Submitted by Simon B...
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Thu Dec 16, 2004 7:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: happy as a sandboy
Replies: 15
Views: 7225

happy as a sandboy

What is or was a sandboy, and why should he (or it?) be particularly happy?
Submitted by Simon Beck (London - England)
by Archived Topic
Thu Dec 16, 2004 6:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: jewelry findings
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

jewelry findings

Over Christmas it cropped up in conversation that I used to make silver jewelry and I referred to the "findings" that were aviable. There were 6 nationalities in the group, including 3 Brits and one American, yet none had heard of the term. These are essentially jewelry "blanks"; earings, rings, pen...
by Archived Topic
Thu Dec 16, 2004 5:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: she's the cat's mother
Replies: 5
Views: 8413

she's the cat's mother

The following extract is from the archives >>> Where does the saying (or phrase) 'she's the cat's mother' come from? Submitted by: Library Macarthur Girls High School (Parramatta - Australia) Answer: The phrase, as I recall experiencing it, is 'She' is the cat's mother, and was always used as a repr...
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Thu Dec 16, 2004 3:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pimp [pimp up -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 17
Views: 6850

pimp [pimp up -- Forum Mod.]

To make something better; to improve it, as to detail a car
Can anyone with teeners corroborate the currency? Thanks kindly all--dh
Submitted by dale hileman (Apple Valley, CA - U.S.A.)
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Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: roanoke
Replies: 2
Views: 803

roanoke

In reading a Michener novel I came across the word "roanoke" used. The implication was it was an Indian word for an item used by Indians before European colonization. I'm sure the city of Roanoke was named for it but I can find no reference so far of it's actual meaning. Submitted by Bernie Malinows...
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Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: beer or beers
Replies: 23
Views: 6161

beer or beers

"King of beers." This Budwieser slogan has caused many a bar debate. If this brewing process produces a Czech Budwiess (spell check) then should it be "king of Budwieses. "king of porters", "king of Stouts" so on....
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