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by trolley
Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to run "bald headed" at it.
Replies: 16
Views: 27632

to run "bald headed" at it.

I thought that there may be some connection to the bald/bold faced lie debate but it doesn't appear that anyone has ever run bold-headedly at anything. A swing and amiss.
by trolley
Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moiety
Replies: 34
Views: 40070

moiety

Tom divided the cake and Becky ate with good appetite, while Tom nibbled at his moiety.
-- Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

.....I hope Tom's moiety was alright with that.
by trolley
Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a help for translation
Replies: 16
Views: 7786

a help for translation

I guess the term “Gladys Kravitz” would require too much clarification.
by trolley
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: turning the tide
Replies: 22
Views: 6929

turning the tide

True dat! Tick,tick,tick.....
by trolley
Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: turning the tide
Replies: 22
Views: 6929

turning the tide

Time and tide wait for no man. Both will turn when they're good and ready
by trolley
Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Kurt Vonnegut
Replies: 2
Views: 5666

Kurt Vonnegut

Hear hear, Shelley. One minute of OPS (outright prolonged silence)
by trolley
Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Whatever floats your boat
Replies: 30
Views: 20426

Whatever floats your boat

Arkamedes principle?
by trolley
Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: live your life "off the wall"
Replies: 15
Views: 8598

live your life "off the wall"

I think living "off the wall" means living to the fullest. If your not living on the edge, then you're taking up too much space. Live off the wall....don't just hang there like a picture.
by trolley
Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:56 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The best headlines of 2006
Replies: 11
Views: 4486

The best headlines of 2006

It must be making the rounds. I got a similar email containing these gems. Child's death ruins couple's holiday Man is fatally slain Death causes loneliness, feeling of isolation Two Soviet ships collide - one dies Enraged cow injures farmer with ax Squad helps dog bite victim Eye drops off shelf Dr...
by trolley
Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: passed away
Replies: 116
Views: 35189

passed away

“Passed over” seems to be the catch- phrase used by this new group of T.V. personalities who claim to be able to speak to the dead ( for a fee). Who better to tell us how the dead wish to be referred to? When The Reaper comes calling, I really hope I am passed over.
by trolley
Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cut some slack
Replies: 11
Views: 8502

cut some slack

Well, nautical or knaut, it still conjures up thoughts of ropes and ties for me. “Cut me..”. seems a little more urgent than “give me…”, especially if I was dancing a few feet above the ground.
by trolley
Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wank / wanker
Replies: 7
Views: 7012

wank / wanker

I was wondering if “wankwanker” is a common word in the U.S.A. and, if so, what does it mean. I know how the Brits and Aussies use the term and how it has evolved from its self-gratification origins to mean any jack-knob, idiot, or ass-hat. I have used the word for about twenty years with an entirel...
by trolley
Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cut some slack
Replies: 11
Views: 8502

cut some slack

I think that the nautical angle works fine. I have always taken it quite literally. If something was too tight or constricting, like a rope around your neck or a deadline from your boss, you might ask to be given some slack. Sometimes you need a little slack to loosen a tight rope. It may be so taut...
by trolley
Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cracker ie honky
Replies: 7
Views: 3302

cracker ie honky

I'm not sure how accurate this is, but I recall watching a movie or T.V. show in the early seventies where someone asked the question " Why do they call them Honkys?" The answer given was because the white boys would drive through Harlem honking their horns and calling to all the girls on the street...
by trolley
Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: half-snowed on pain meds and sleeping pills
Replies: 22
Views: 7246

half-snowed on pain meds and sleeping pills

Now that I think about it, I guess we don't "dial" it anymore.