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by Bobinwales
Mon May 16, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: toward/towards
Replies: 21
Views: 14362

toward/towards

I would not say that “British uses the ‘s’ and American does not”, and I am not sure that I agree about not actually reaching the opera house either. Yes in your example, you do not reach it, but you would not with “Head towards the opera house and turn left when you reach the town hall” either. Tha...
by Bobinwales
Mon May 16, 2005 7:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: outstanding
Replies: 10
Views: 5624

outstanding

Welsh dungarees were only visible on pregnant ladies in the '70's. They have now, thankfully, gone the way of flares and platform soles.
by Bobinwales
Sun May 15, 2005 10:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: kindly requested to kindly...
Replies: 11
Views: 11134

kindly requested to kindly...

If you don't answer our previous letter, we will get Bush to telephone you.
by Bobinwales
Fri May 13, 2005 8:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: BOSS & BIGHEAD
Replies: 6
Views: 3769

BOSS & BIGHEAD

Right, many thanks, you seem to have BOSS sorted, and I, and my protégée, are very grateful indeed. However, this BIGHEAD business now has me extremely interested. The expression, meaning “a person with too much ego” is in every day use in the UK. But there is quite literally nothing else in the exe...
by Bobinwales
Thu May 12, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How do you pronounce 'Confirm'?
Replies: 6
Views: 7271

How do you pronounce 'Confirm'?

CONFIRM looks like a phonetic spelling to me, although Phil may just have something with his Northern Ireland question, but wouldn't that be CON FURIM? Any Irish people out there reading this?
by Bobinwales
Thu May 12, 2005 10:29 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: BOSS & BIGHEAD
Replies: 6
Views: 3769

BOSS & BIGHEAD

Can you please help me with my homework? OK, I left school in 1964, but I got lumbered with helping a young girl with her's. The object was to spot words in a paragraph that had been originally used in America, and had now been absorbed into UK English. Seven of the nine were easy, and by a process ...
by Bobinwales
Thu May 12, 2005 8:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ol' instead of Old
Replies: 3
Views: 8762

ol' instead of Old

Or Bob in 'Ales?

But then, come to think of it I often am!
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by Bobinwales
Wed May 11, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: New Twists on Famous Phrases
Replies: 9
Views: 12053

New Twists on Famous Phrases

PA DE DEUX - Father of twins
COUP DE GRASS - Mow the lawn
LA PETITE SHOWS - Your flies are undone
by Bobinwales
Wed May 11, 2005 8:40 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of the usage P.U.
Replies: 14
Views: 9657

origin of the usage P.U.

Erik, Have you hit the nail on the head accidentally? "perpetrator unknown" - "p.u."?
by Bobinwales
Wed May 11, 2005 8:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: denim and corduroy
Replies: 21
Views: 9312

denim and corduroy

Hans Joerg, Drapers in days of yore often had shops in buildings actually called Manchester House in the address (J Smith, Drapers to the Gentry, Manchester House, High Street, Aberflyhalf, Glamorgan). I worked part time in an old-fashioned retail warehouse whilst still at school in the early ‘60’s,...
by Bobinwales
Tue May 10, 2005 3:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: denim and corduroy
Replies: 21
Views: 9312

denim and corduroy

Shelley, what you have there is a rumble track, and I am always feared that they do do as much damage to your tyres as it sounds as though they do. My Concise Oxford describes the non-fabric version of corduroy as a US term meaning a road of tree-trunks laid across a swamp.
by Bobinwales
Tue May 10, 2005 10:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of the usage P.U.
Replies: 14
Views: 9657

origin of the usage P.U.

As a child I always thought that Winnie the Pooh was probably smelly, hence the name. I, like Phil, have never heard of P.U. although pew was (possibly still is) in use by children, but that could be easily attributed to the South Wales accent. Personally, I prefer Bill’s explanation. This bloke is ...
by Bobinwales
Tue May 10, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dungaree / dungarees
Replies: 11
Views: 12666

dungaree / dungarees

Although I know that the word originally referred to the fabric, dungarees to my mind are a pair of trousers which have a bib covering the chest and straps coming over the shoulders. Much worn by wife No 1 when expecting in the '80's.
by Bobinwales
Tue May 10, 2005 8:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: skinned alive
Replies: 22
Views: 12048

skinned alive

Most of out public libraries now have computers for research use now, is it the same your side?

It does strike me that it would save a lot of time and effort if the character were to be boiled, it's equally horrible but a lot easier to picture. Splash - Arrghh!
by Bobinwales
Mon May 09, 2005 11:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: skinned alive
Replies: 22
Views: 12048

skinned alive

King, be careful with your search. There are strange people out there, and you will no doubt see some things that you wish hadn’t. There are sure to be some sites that will make the scene in your book extremely tame by comparison.