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by tony h
Mon Sep 11, 2006 12:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Wakelins
Replies: 3
Views: 1233

Wakelins

Woz,

could you comment on whether Cara was "enclosed by private agreement"?
by tony h
Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: konundrum
Replies: 24
Views: 5167

konundrum

Cheers Bob. That is it exactly.
by tony h
Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: konundrum
Replies: 24
Views: 5167

konundrum

A remember a rather nice article which I wonder if any of you have a copy. The article, fiktiious, started with the EU voting on the common language and adopting English but as a sop to Germany to adopt some German spellings. during the article they swopped the had C for K, took sh and used sch, and...
by tony h
Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: konundrum
Replies: 24
Views: 5167

konundrum

spelling mistake
by tony h
Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: lien hold
Replies: 9
Views: 1981

lien hold

preferred theories do not likely have any lien hold on the truth In my view "lien hold" I would strike out "lien hold" as pretentious garbage. 1. If you have a lien you have a hold oversomething. Therefore the use of hold adds nothing to the meaning and is in fact tautological. 2. in essence lien m...
by tony h
Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: human race
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

human race

Harry, from dictionary.com See classifications 7 and below. Of which, it is of interest that Journalists get a mention below zooology and sub-species :) race2#8194; –noun 1. a group of persons related by common descent or heredity. 2. a population so related. 3. Anthropology. a. any of the tradition...
by tony h
Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: double history
Replies: 13
Views: 1980

double history

We used to have double lessons for most languages : double Latin, Double French but most ended up as double Dutch.
by tony h
Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: net vs nett
Replies: 10
Views: 4301

net vs nett

well that clears that up!
by tony h
Thu Aug 31, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: net vs nett
Replies: 10
Views: 4301

net vs nett

I was aware of an impassioned discussion which was about whether you should wrire "net of tax" or "nett of tax"
by tony h
Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: certainty and uncertainty
Replies: 34
Views: 7112

certainty and uncertainty

In general agricultural terms fruit requires a flower to start. Therfore apples berries, pears etc are fruit. Carrots potatoes and manglewurzel are vegetables. The problem for the French was that the have a rather special Carrot Jam and jam (according to an existing EU regulation) must be made from ...
by tony h
Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: certainty and uncertainty
Replies: 34
Views: 7112

certainty and uncertainty

Spiritus,

an interesting point but the story was based in France in the seventies and France is a country which campaigned to have the EU define a carrot as a fruit not a vegetable. But yes, clearly fiction.
by tony h
Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rember
Replies: 3
Views: 1057

rember

Perp is new to me. Rad would mean a radiator or to fit a new radiator. eg these rads are shot through the best thing to do is re-rad the whole place. but flu, which I was taught to write 'flu' short for influenza comes in close to the top of my favourites. Top I think is a culinery expressinon: marg...
by tony h
Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scalawag [scallywag / scallawag -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 7
Views: 2978

scalawag [scallywag / scallawag -- Forum Admin.]

Agreed Bob, I have not heard it much recently. But it always has a rather heart warming effect when I hear it.
by tony h
Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cred
Replies: 5
Views: 1500

cred

I turned to drink to drown my sorrows but then I learnt to swim alongside.
by tony h
Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: scalawag [scallywag / scallawag -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 7
Views: 2978

scalawag [scallywag / scallawag -- Forum Admin.]

A comment on Robert's correspondence. I was brought up in the Surrey which is a polite area south of London so "in the south" and scallywag was often used. Within our social group it was an admiring approbation used by one's elders and betters. It was also applied to the behaviour of slightly naught...