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by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fanny
Replies: 4
Views: 4432

fanny

This question was posted in November of last year, and remains unanswered. Out of curiosity in Australia the word "Fanny" or as it is also colloquially termed "the map of Tassie" (Tasmania being reminiscent in shape) refers to that part of female anatomy or 'front bottom' as Robert kindly touched on...
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: parsing 'by'
Replies: 8
Views: 5007

parsing 'by'

Well I just thought that using a silly pun as a heading would parse muster and then parse into obscurity.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:16 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: suicide blonde
Replies: 3
Views: 3567

suicide blonde

Surely by definition a Suicide Blonde has to be dyed by her own hand?
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 12, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bejesus
Replies: 8
Views: 5475

bejesus

Without going too deeply into the topic, I thought frigging was a euphemism for female masturbation.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dystopic
Replies: 4
Views: 7491

dystopic

This is interesting, because Dystopic does have a meaning in medicine. It is something that is in the wrong place as well being better knownas a sort of negative image of Utopia. But, in exactly the same way that we talk of a Utopian society, I can personally see no reason whatsoever not to speak of...
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: parsing 'by'
Replies: 8
Views: 5007

parsing 'by'

Many thanks both. Ken's post summed up my confusion a treat.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bejesus
Replies: 8
Views: 5475

bejesus

Good name for a band though, except it could sound like the vehicle that the Brothers Gibb used to travel to gigs. Bee Gee Bus.
by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: parsing 'by'
Replies: 8
Views: 5007

parsing 'by'

Please get me out of a mental block. If you were to parse the sentence “He flew to London by aeroplane”, what is "by"?
by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: raised vs reared
Replies: 2
Views: 13351

raised vs reared

I would agree with Fowler's last sentence.

I brought up my children, I would probably not use either of the two other options, although I would not queston their use by someone else.
by Bobinwales
Sat Apr 09, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: big grass (for tall grass)?
Replies: 7
Views: 5948

big grass (for tall grass)?

We have long grass over here, and when I was younger I had lots of fun I had in it I vaguely remember.
by Bobinwales
Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Brussels sprouts
Replies: 7
Views: 3633

Brussels sprouts

I had a trip to the Supermarket today, not a single Brussel, all sprouts were Brussels.
by Bobinwales
Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Brussels sprouts
Replies: 7
Views: 3633

Brussels sprouts

And there was me thinking that “crud” meant uselessly horrid.
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 07, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 17042

You're welcome

"You're welcome", is obviously a contraction of "You are welcome", which could be substituted for "It's a pleasure", "Don't mention it", "Not a problem" etc.

The word itself is pretty ancient, meaning, I'm pretty certain, that it is a pleasure to see someone arrive.
by Bobinwales
Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: whet one's whistle
Replies: 12
Views: 6887

whet one's whistle

Bozo, I'm still with you. Chaucer couldn't spell anyway! I must say the rest of the evidence seems convincing though.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: whet one's whistle
Replies: 12
Views: 6887

whet one's whistle

Personally, I'm a "whet" man, and I think you are right, you want to sharpen your whistle, not drown it.