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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.
by trolley
Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:33 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

4-1-1 is the number to dial in North America for telephone directory information.
by trolley
Sat Feb 24, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 60
Views: 54150

murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]

Shelley, Consider another theory to the “why murder” question. While many cultures have thought of crows as the harbingers of death, death and murder are two different animals. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have an abundance of crows and ravens. Crows are notorious nest raiders (of their own, as...
by trolley
Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:47 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 60
Views: 54150

murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]

WoZ
I'm not sure what Mr. Lipton would call it, but on the internet I found mob,herd and troop for roos. I like bound or jump much better.
by trolley
Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 60
Views: 54150

murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]

Ken and James,
Thanks. I'll check it out, for sure. Looks like a good read. Right now I'm heading into a meeting with a "bother of salesmen"
by trolley
Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 60
Views: 54150

murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]

It started out as a simple question. Why do they call a flock of crows a “murder of crows”? I used my best friend but couldn’t find anything in any past threads relating to this topic. After “Googling” for answers, I realized that this peculiar habit of assigning (apparently) unrelated words as coll...
by trolley
Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 15960

America and American

I'd be OK with "Blustery Nor'Wester" as a collective term for North Americans.
by trolley
Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Up Mike's?
Replies: 9
Views: 3784

Up Mike's?

Update:
Michael's proctologist just phoned me and it looks like I'm still going to have to walk. Bummer.
by trolley
Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Up Mike's?
Replies: 9
Views: 3784

Up Mike's?

Thanks Dale
Pittsburguese for "nowhere in particular". Where was my head going?
by trolley
Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 15960

America and American

Neil How zit goin, eh? I guess in the broader sense we are all North, South or Central Americans. I think your question comes from the fact that ,up here anyway, "American" is used exclusively to refer to someone from "The States" ( I'm not even sure if the term "The States" is OK, anymore). While w...
by trolley
Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Up Mike's?
Replies: 9
Views: 3784

Up Mike's?

Is anyone familiar with the phrase "up Mike's"? I'm pretty sure I have a grasp of what it means but I wonder how it started. I heard it said,often,in the "Maritimes"(Canadian for Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and New Brunswick). I suspect it has a UK origin,as that area is heavily influenced by Scottish, Eng...
by trolley
Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: burning a CD
Replies: 12
Views: 4585

burning a CD

Curious. I had always thought, without giving it much thought, that the word carried a somewhat criminal slant to it. "Burn" is sometimes used, in my circles,to mean steal. If you go to a peer to peer site and download someone elses material, then copy it to a disc without their permission,you have ...
by trolley
Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 35330

person of Chinese descent

Wow! 50 points for everyone (almost everyone). Somewhere around the second page, I was beginning to regret having ever stirred this pot. In the end, I wound up with many more answers and a few more questions than I could have wished for. There's so much food for thought that I fear that some of it m...
by trolley
Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:49 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: I couldn't care less / I could care less
Replies: 18
Views: 7029

I couldn't care less / I could care less

I think Isaac needed to get out more often.
by trolley
Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: I couldn't care less / I could care less
Replies: 18
Views: 7029

I couldn't care less / I could care less

"Could/couldn't care less" is used interchangeably around here. The split seems to be around 50-50. The explanation I was given was not mentioned in this thread. I'm not surprised. I was talking about this with two friends, both of whom "could" while I "couldn't". The first fella explained. "It's sa...