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by tony h
Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Visual metaphor
Replies: 35
Views: 7947

Visual metaphor

James, was it "black and white" the Indians could not see or the image on the photograph. ie would they have been able to "see" a colour image.
by tony h
Sun Jul 09, 2006 6:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: galleting
Replies: 9
Views: 2755

galleting

I would guess (emphasise the guess) that it is Norman French. You only get "modern" stone buildings in England after the arrival of William the Bastard in 1066. In either form Galleting or Galloting I would tend to think there must have ben a French craftsman who came up with (or introduced ) the te...
by tony h
Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: galleting
Replies: 9
Views: 2755

galleting

"any examples" do you mean: of the use of the word or of the use of the technique?

http://www.trp.dundee.ac.uk/research/gl ... ypics.html
by tony h
Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Travel time
Replies: 13
Views: 2902

Travel time

Quoted from the Week. Air Tours published some sample "complaints" thay had received. One, from a couple from the UK complained that they would never fly with Air Tours again because "it took us 9 hours to fly to Barbados with Air Tours but some Americans they met there said they got to Barbados in ...
by tony h
Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Wild West
Replies: 8
Views: 2291

The Wild West

Now that's the great thing with research. I had assumed Wild was "untamed" ie beyond lawless but lacking in the framework of civilisation; or maybe just wilderness. The woolly I would have thought came from the meaning "fuzzy" "unclear" or "imprecise"
by tony h
Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Correct Intro
Replies: 20
Views: 3653

Correct Intro

On topic, just for the hell of it. In the circumstances of a late replacement speaker: And now a man who needs no introduction ; Professor Cavendish.
by tony h
Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: To box the compass
Replies: 9
Views: 1795

To box the compass

The trouble with these things is that you can't really deny you said it. No matter how much you wish you had waited until you have had at least five hours sleep.

:)
by tony h
Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: To box the compass
Replies: 9
Views: 1795

To box the compass

32nds seem fine you start with 4 point N, E, S, and W spilt those which give you 8 N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW split those which gives you 16 N NNE NE ENE E ESE SE SSE Then (a bit of guess work here) split those to give you 32 which I presume would be : N, NN by NE , N by NE, EN by NE, NE, NE by NE E...
by tony h
Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spitten image
Replies: 18
Views: 2706

spitten image

Just for interest. The subject of tally sticks has always puzzeled me. If they were used as such a common financial instrument why haven't I seen any. Ok I haven't really looked that hard but I would have thought they would occur with sufficient frequency just to have noticed them. Any way I did a q...
by tony h
Mon Jun 26, 2006 6:57 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It was only a hobby
Replies: 8
Views: 2128

It was only a hobby

I am not sure that it was Raleigh but John Hawkins sailing with Drake. But surely the true answer is Maya Culpa.
by tony h
Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?
Replies: 14
Views: 4649

Do the 'Naughties' come after the 90s?

Yes, Ken. I just thought it irreverant to take that subject so off topic.
by tony h
Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nautical glossary
Replies: 26
Views: 5482

nautical glossary

Shelley, I was only using your remark to get in a rather lame play on nautical.
by tony h
Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nautical glossary
Replies: 26
Views: 5482

nautical glossary

I must say that having had those opaque notes from my grandfather I am very much enjoying this discussion - and carried out in such good humour.

But taking Sheley's comments maybe there should be a seperate area for discussions such as this - maybe a naughty forum?
by tony h
Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 10191

You're welcome

Thoth - hmm? I was expecting Ganesh.
by tony h
Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: You're welcome
Replies: 38
Views: 10191

You're welcome

Any chance it came as a translation from the German - it seems to have a parallel in the dake schoen, bitte schoen (e&oe) but I have insuffucient grasp to that Teutonic tongue to make an informed comment. PS. just so that I can complete the mental image - I am trying to imagine which God Ken has bec...