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by Shelley
Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Conflict v Confliction
Replies: 14
Views: 15206

Conflict v Confliction

I note you didn't get a response the first time around on this issue. I don't think your acquaintance is using the word incorrectly, exactly. It's a nice blend of conflict and friction. I think this is a matter of personal style. She seems to use a style of speech in which more words (or syllables, ...
by Shelley
Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 22614

Chatspeak stole my internet!

dalehileman, I wish I could have credit for making up "chatspeak" in this forum, but that honor goes to Kori (see title of thread).
by Shelley
Sun Jun 12, 2005 3:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chatspeak stole my internet!
Replies: 50
Views: 22614

Chatspeak stole my internet!

Erik_Kowal, you say it so well (whatever it may happen to be at the moment). My concern is with the way chatspeak (if that's what it's called) is undermining a generation's ability to spell, write (literally), compose and otherwise manipulate language. Computers and keyboards have made penmanship ob...
by Shelley
Sun Jun 12, 2005 2:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 14194

boo

Thanks, Edwin Ashworth, for your kind guidance. In the future, when I miss the transition to red herrings I will not lose sleep over it.
Spiritus, the hokey-pokey is undoubtedly what it's all about. But, what the bleep do I know?
I forgot the topic -- oh yeah, "BOO"!
by Shelley
Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 7442

double superlatives

kagriffy, what a great image: the mysterious graffiti artist in the night fixing roadsigns all across Illinois! "Who was that masked man?" Why, it''''''s none other than CORRECTO-MAN!
by Shelley
Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 7442

double superlatives

Bobinwales, you remind me of the time Dan Quayle told that schoolboy he forgot the "e" in potato. The sweet kid (who knew how to spell potato) had to just stand there and acquiesce, for who was he to challenge the vice-president? I'll never forget, though, the look on the boy's face as he searched t...
by Shelley
Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 7442

double superlatives

kagriffy, I know what you mean. I gave the book out liberally at Christmas, I liked it so much! It's useless, though, to correct public spelling/grammar/punctuation errors -- takes too much time (in New York City there are LOTS of 'em). People just think you're a weirdo, and mumble "whatevah". The l...
by Shelley
Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ossification and summer vacation?
Replies: 10
Views: 5838

ossification and summer vacation?

I wouldn't vote with using "anachronism" in this way. Anachronism has to do with error or chronologic misplacement -- for example, seeing a wristwatch on a medieval knight in some representation (play, painting or movie, etc). Vestigial is better -- something no longer in use. Only thing is, vestigi...
by Shelley
Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: double superlatives
Replies: 14
Views: 7442

double superlatives

Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues" (1990) comes to mind. I also remember a headline which said, "The Most Unkindest Cut of All" (which I think is actually a famous quote, but I don't know the source). I think it's hard to differentiate between what's fashion and what's a mistake these days. Spelling and...
by Shelley
Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: boo
Replies: 38
Views: 14194

boo

I'm confused by the connection being made between "boo" and honey, beehives and jars, etc. Are you talking about Yogi Bear and his loyal sidekick, Boo-Boo Bear (Hanna Barbera cartoon characters)? Yogi and Boo-Boo lived in "Jellystone Park" and were obsessed with "pic-a-nic" baskets, not honey. "Hunn...
by Shelley
Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: later ain't any better
Replies: 10
Views: 3213

later ain't any better

Of course. russcable, your familiarity with the source reveals the crucial fact that Claire asks if she should call later. "Later ain't any better" makes perfect sense, now. Sorry I wasted your time, lulu.
by Shelley
Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: later ain't any better
Replies: 10
Views: 3213

later ain't any better

If Russel is referring to the "idiots" who just went to their first, um . . . whatever, then he's probably saying, "better late, than never". Meaning: even if one is having a delayed arrival/introduction/initiation to an experience in life, it is better to be late to it than if one had never had the...
by Shelley
Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: chifforobe
Replies: 13
Views: 8395

chifforobe

Main Entry: chif·fo·robe
Pronunciation: 'shi-f&-"rOb
Function: noun
Etymology: chiffonier + wardrobe
: a combination of wardrobe and chest of drawers
The above using the M-W dictionary link on Wordwizard.
by Shelley
Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: foul-up ("in one foul swoop")
Replies: 4
Views: 6081

foul-up ("in one foul swoop")

pingpong fan, I think the phrase is "one fell swoop", and you'll find a good discussion on it if you do a WW search, using those words.
by Shelley
Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Beam me up Scottie!
Replies: 17
Views: 6369

Beam me up Scottie!

After William Shatner instructed us all to "get a life", I did. Therefore, I'm not prepared to debate the matter, and if challenged, I will immediately back down, but here goes: Any Star Trek aficionado familiar with all things Scotty-like would never refer to him or herself as a "Trekker". 60's and...