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by Bobinwales
Fri May 06, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 10351

three on a match

Ken, it does look as though one has to be a subscriber. That being the case I give you the word with my compliments. Give it a go, good luck, and tell me how you got on.
by Bobinwales
Fri May 06, 2005 7:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Need Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 4547

Need Advice

I agree with Erik Nina. This is just not the correct forum for this questionaire. It would also be nice to know in which country your university actually is. I suggest you take Erik's advice.
by Bobinwales
Fri May 06, 2005 7:38 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: three on a match
Replies: 20
Views: 10351

three on a match

Blundervision.
by Bobinwales
Thu May 05, 2005 3:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dummy over
Replies: 2
Views: 1826

dummy over

In rugby, and soccer too for that matter, a dummy is a movement that makes the opponent think that something is about to happen, but doesn't. For instance, a player may pretend to pass to his left, but actually not let go of the ball, if the closing tackler follows the pretended pass he is thereby "...
by Bobinwales
Thu May 05, 2005 10:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fanny packs
Replies: 12
Views: 5927

fanny packs

As I have absolutely no idea what a fanny pack is, I take it that it is an American expression, and as such would probably refer to the rear view, as opposed to the British understanding of the word, which is used rarely in polite mixed company. As for the different meanings of the word in the two c...
by Bobinwales
Wed May 04, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Name of word puzzles?
Replies: 8
Views: 7075

Name of word puzzles?

Amazing isn't it? There is a whole generation out there sending text messages on their mobile phones using a series of rebuses without a clue as to what they are called ( I didn't either, see above!). My daughter recently sent me "cum 2 t l8er", which I eventually translated as “Come to tea later?”
by Bobinwales
Tue May 03, 2005 12:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Name of word puzzles?
Replies: 8
Views: 7075

Name of word puzzles?

I hate to argue with you Erik, but I am not at all sure that you are right. Surely a palindrome is a word/phrase which reads the same in both directions, not the kind of word games that Lili has quoted. I will be as interested as Lili in the results of this. By the way I had a search before I wrote ...
by Bobinwales
Mon May 02, 2005 7:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "cold feet"
Replies: 5
Views: 3988

"cold feet"

The story of your reluctant bride hasn't crossed the Pond, I shall see what I can find and have a look, but it strikes me that when I was a very young man you only found out that the bride had cold feet after the wedding!
by Bobinwales
Mon May 02, 2005 7:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: whole shebang
Replies: 2
Views: 3069

whole shebang

I'm not very much up on my Irish Language, although Celtic it is a different branch to Welsh, but it does strike me that SHEBANG could be a first cousin to SHEBEEN, which is an illegal drinking establishment.
by Bobinwales
Mon May 02, 2005 6:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: same-store sales = comps
Replies: 5
Views: 2453

same-store sales = comps

I'm not going to be much help here Dale, I have never heard of the expression, and frankly I'm not absolutely sure I understand it either.
by Bobinwales
Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Heavens no vs Hell no
Replies: 7
Views: 6546

Heavens no vs Hell no

It tends to be "Good Heavens" here in South Wales as well.
by Bobinwales
Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Heavens no vs Hell no
Replies: 7
Views: 6546

Heavens no vs Hell no

I blame John Wayne.
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:32 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hollick
Replies: 5
Views: 2646

Hollick

I thought he altered the spelling of his name by changing the H to a B, the i to an o and adding an s.
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dicker
Replies: 8
Views: 5269

dicker

Dickering is not wildly used in the UK, I know what it means, but I don’t recall ever having used the word. Bickering however is a different matter. In the example you have used from Reuters Ken, I get the mental picture of a bunch of politicians quarrelling in the same way that brothers and sisters...
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pattern of intelligence
Replies: 5
Views: 2866

pattern of intelligence

I'm glad you didn't suggest that Blair's pattern is to find evidence to prove an erroneous conclusion, Erik, I wouldn't dream of doing so either. I wonder how many other people will find ways not to say such things before 05.05.05.