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Sun Dec 12, 2004 11:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stoa
Replies: 6
Views: 879

stoa

What is the meaning and the origin?
Submitted by ashley melendez (Jersey City - U.S.A.)
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Sun Dec 12, 2004 10:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: jut
Replies: 2
Views: 791

jut

Does anyone know the word origin of jut?
Submitted by Riley McGrath (Fairfax - U.S.A.)
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Sun Dec 12, 2004 9:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: decal /cockamamie
Replies: 4
Views: 1938

decal /cockamamie

Hello everyone. I was rather hoping that someone might suggest an explanation. When I was young, I used to make model aeroplanes and then, finally, proudly, apply the transfers. Many Americanisations of English are in a regognisable form ("math" and "maths" for example.) Even the more remote ones ("...
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Sun Dec 12, 2004 2:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: all mouth and trousers
Replies: 16
Views: 4776

all mouth and trousers

In a previous posting, big girl's blouse the expression ALL MOUTH AND TROUSERS or ALL MOUTH AND NO TROUSERS was mentioned. This is another beauty and I thought I would include it here for the record. ___________________________________ ALL MOUTH AND TROUSERS phrase [late 19th century] All talk and n...
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Sun Dec 12, 2004 1:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: a big girl's blouse
Replies: 8
Views: 6395

a big girl's blouse

Why do we use this derogative expression for a male 'nose of wax'?
Submitted by Julie Kay (Bronnitsy - Russia)
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Sun Dec 12, 2004 8:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: claiming yourself a god
Replies: 8
Views: 1215

claiming yourself a god

Is there a word for a person who claims that they are a God?
Submitted by Lyndsey Oughton (Manchester - England)
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Sun Dec 12, 2004 5:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: maths / math
Replies: 25
Views: 2724

maths / math

And why do Americans call mathematics "math" and not "maths"? (Like wot us normal people do?) R Submitted by Robert Masters (Asia - Thailand) __________________________________________________________________________ [This newer posting has been combined with an earlier posting on the same topic — F...
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Sun Dec 12, 2004 2:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: inkhorn terms
Replies: 7
Views: 3474

inkhorn terms

.. in doing my in-depth research for /i/ words, now that _was_ a difficult homework assignment, I came across this little gem and thought how nicely it fitted into previous discussions about the pronunciation of loan words in English >>> Inkhorn terms: "Pedantic terms and learned borrowings from for...
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Sat Dec 11, 2004 10:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sports car
Replies: 1
Views: 647

sports car

When and where was the term "sports car" used?
Submitted by Jack Fenimore (Newburgh - U.S.A.)
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Sat Dec 11, 2004 9:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Who named the Atlantic Ocean?
Replies: 1
Views: 2139

Who named the Atlantic Ocean?

Doing research for a book so I figured I would get as much information from every source available to me as possible.

Any help would be appreciated.
Submitted by Richard Cook (Jackson, MS - U.S.A.)
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Sat Dec 11, 2004 6:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: double pane glass
Replies: 2
Views: 1150

double pane glass

I beleive the term "double pane" glass is often confused with the term "double glazed" or "insulated" glass. I understand the true meaning of the term "double pane" to be a single sheet of glass that is twice the thickness of ordinary glass. I understand the meaning of the term "double glazed" to be...
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Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: embalmer's sword
Replies: 3
Views: 718

embalmer's sword

Does anybody know what an embalmer sword is called? It is one word. It is the device they use to pull out the contents of the stomach and probably a whole pile else.

Many thanks.
Submitted by Xinch ( - Ireland)
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Sat Dec 11, 2004 10:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: player only as good as his last game
Replies: 4
Views: 596

player only as good as his last game

In a previous posting Leighton Harris mentions what sounds to be an old saw "A player is only as good as his last game or he'll be dropped etc.” However, I’ve never heard this before and was wondering if this was an old standard that I was not aware of. It doesn’t appear to be true in any sports I h...
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Sat Dec 11, 2004 10:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: egg on
Replies: 13
Views: 4910

egg on

To EGG ON may or may not be related to the ‘jacked up your widgers’ question two postings back. It is an expression we probably are all familiar with, but which I had never given a thought as to where it came from. ____________________________ To EGG ON means to incite or urge on, or instigate an ac...
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Sat Dec 11, 2004 9:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: discretion
Replies: 2
Views: 670

discretion

Often wondered if the two principle meanings of the word 'discretion' are linked, and if so, how? and when?. 1) the quality of being discreet : CIRCUMSPECTION; especially : cautious reserve in speech 2) ability to make responsible decisions Is there anyone who can help me please. Ken? Submitted by L...