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by Shelley
Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Beam me up Scottie!
Replies: 17
Views: 6369

Beam me up Scottie!

Ah yes, the misunderstood creature over whose treatment Bones fretted, "I'm a doctor, Jim, not a brick-layer!"
Look, pingpong fan, we really musn't use Wordwizard to talk about Star Trek. It's just not right. Please don't tempt me anymore. I won't respond. You can't make me. "No kill I."
by Shelley
Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Forms of IM
Replies: 9
Views: 3406

Forms of IM

I'd like to learn about this, too. I'm afraid it's all geek to me.
by Shelley
Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couch potato
Replies: 5
Views: 4776

couch potato

I just saw a headline announcing the attempt by a group in the UK to remove the term "couch potato" from the dictionary (OED?) because it gives the potato a bad name. The group might be potato growers. I'll be curious to know if the group is successful.
by Shelley
Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Here's mud in your eye!
Replies: 22
Views: 38176

Here's mud in your eye!

If your horse is behind another horse in a race, the lead horse will kick up mud into your face, thus "mud in your eye".
by Shelley
Fri Jun 17, 2005 10:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pullet surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 6220

Pullet surprise

"Och and aye, 'e was a real 'eel, tha one", said Lady Mondegreen, "but verra social as I recall. Tho's why I kilt 'im."
by Shelley
Fri Jun 17, 2005 5:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Law enforcement in California
Replies: 15
Views: 8792

Law enforcement in California

Jane DOErell, if you login and return to the post you want to edit, you will see an icon over that post which looks like a document with a pencil on it. Click on that icon and your post will appear in a reply box. Then you can make your edit.
by Shelley
Fri Jun 17, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pullet surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 6220

Pullet surprise

This Hugh, the Earl of Moray
Was a laidly worm indeed.
The doublet Hugh wore on 'im
Had Red Herring i' th' tweed.
by Shelley
Thu Jun 16, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Law enforcement in California
Replies: 15
Views: 8792

Law enforcement in California

An off-duty sheriff and her deputy walk into a convenience store . . .
I don't know the joke, but the punchline goes, "they shot the sheriff, but they did not shoot the deputy".
by Shelley
Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Pullet surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 6220

Pullet surprise

. . . ‘mondegreen,’ a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard – ‘Our Father, which art in Heaven. HAROLD be thy name’ . . . The above from a discussion of "skinnymalink" introduced by Ken Greenwald. I was unfamiliar with the term and I thought Ken h...
by Shelley
Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Conflict v Confliction
Replies: 14
Views: 15206

Conflict v Confliction

Yes, I imagine the potential friction of conflicting fuselages (fuselagi?) would cause quite a confliction; not to mention a conflagration!
by Shelley
Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Conflict v Confliction
Replies: 14
Views: 15206

Conflict v Confliction

Many thanks for clarifying that. I'm reminded that dictionaries are considered histories, and the authority in them changes with popular use. Although I favor peace, "confliction resolution" sounds pretty awful, and should be avoided completely.
by Shelley
Tue Jun 14, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Conflict v Confliction
Replies: 14
Views: 15206

Conflict v Confliction

Phil White, I don't understand why her usage is incorrect. The Webster's and OED definitions you cited call the word a state of being in conflict, or a state of conflict, and she's saying she doesn't want to cause "a state of conflict", or "a confliction". Would she be correct to say "I wouldn't wan...
by Shelley
Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 7442

double superlatives

Fabulous! Thanks for the "outright, prolonged laughter" (A Thousand Clowns, by Herb Gardner)!
by Shelley
Mon Jun 13, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: good nick
Replies: 19
Views: 11891

good nick

Duh, . . . yeah, I guess it's "nip on down to the store" that I heard.
Never mind (and thanks).
by Shelley
Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: good nick
Replies: 19
Views: 11891

good nick

Over there, do you say, "I'm going to nick on down to the store for a moment"? I've heard that a few times over here.