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by Ken Greenwald
Thu May 16, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A duck walks into a drug store...
Replies: 1
Views: 1206

Re: A duck walks into a drug store...

John,

Good one!! :lol:
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Ken - May 16, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Sun May 12, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 1486

Re: heterodox

I was surprised to see that. Wiki and Urban Dictionary aren't the most reliable sources...usually. They're not the most reliable sources, but in this instance they were the only dictionary sources. That may have been the first time I ever quoted the Urban Dictionary . :( ___________________ Ken — M...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat May 11, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 1486

Re: heterodox

John, You’re right. The antonym of the prefix ‘ortho-‘ is ‘homo-‘ For example, “homogenous vs. heterogenous.” So I agree that it seems the straightforward antonym of ‘heterodox’ should be ‘homodox.’ The path to getting the antonym of ‘heterodox’ to be the word ‘orthodox’, however, is a bit more circ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri May 10, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 1486

heterodox

<2019 “Recently, under the somewhat unlikely inspiration of Elizabeth Warren [U.S. Senator], some conservatives have revived an old debate: Did millions of women entering the work force actually make families worse off? In her lost days as a heterodox public intellectual, Warren made the case that ...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu May 02, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Talking in the abstract.
Replies: 3
Views: 1430

Re: Talking in the abstract.

Talking in the abstract is an idiom that means to be talking in a general way, without referring to a particular real person, thing or situation. So when Mrs May said "no deal is better than a bad deal" she was implying that in general she thought that was true and didn't want people to think that ...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: legitimate (the verb)
Replies: 3
Views: 1562

Re: legitimate (the verb)

Phil,
Your comments have clarified the distinction between 1 and 3 in my mind. Thanks.
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Ken - April 30, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: legitimate (the verb)
Replies: 3
Views: 1562

legitimate (the verb)

In an interesting article titled ‘The Rich Kid Revolutionaries: Children of privilege, like Abigail Disney, are taking a moral stand against inequality,’ I came across a word that I never knew could be used as a verb: <2019 “Immigrants who ‘make it’ are often seen to exemplify the American dream of ...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish
Replies: 3
Views: 1850

Re: American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish

Thanks Erik. Interesting!

You have USA: trash truck

I have never heard the expression 'trash truck' used. I've always heard and used 'garbage truck.'
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Ken - April 25, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: remove (the noun)
Replies: 6
Views: 1971

remove (the noun)

Tintoretto [[famed artist of Renaissance Venice]] didn’t idealize his godly or saintly subjects and set them at a remove . He put us nose-close to figures in swirling, cinematic motion; “his high-wire scenes dare us to look away.”— The Week , 26 April, page 23 A few years back when I wrote the post...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 3914

Re: Daylight Robbery

Tony, Excellent piece of research!! And I agree as you said: <“From this one might imagine that ‘daylight robbery’ was derived from the criminal offence or from the subsequent taxation. And, possibly, from both.”> The subsequent taxation could nicely cover the figurative meaning of an excessive fina...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 3914

Re: Daylight Robbery

I just recalled that I had discussed “Daylight Robbery” in a posting many moons ago (see daylight robbery ). It is always a good idea before posting to do a search to see if the topic has been previously discussed. Just for the record, I’ll provide the OED ’s definitions here and a few more recent q...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Letter to Dad!
Replies: 0
Views: 2146

Letter to Dad!

A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to 'Dad.' With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Government Notice
Replies: 1
Views: 1138

Government Notice

I recently saw this notice. To help improve the economy, President Trump will announce next month that the Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs. Older people are easier to catch and will not remember how to get...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Outdated Expressions?
Replies: 2
Views: 1693

Outdated Expressions?

worn to a frazzle Yesterday I went to the gym and did a strenuous workout. On the way out I ran into a young fellow there (somewhere in his early twenties) who I had talked to on and off for the last several years. He asked me how my workout was and I told him I was worn to a frazzle . He then said...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: taxi dancer
Replies: 5
Views: 2110

Re: taxi dancer

Phil and Tony, Thanks for the input. It always amazes me when I come across an attention-grabbing expression, not easily forgotten such as this one, that I've gone through my whole life - and I'm no spring chicken (<:) - and have never seen before. How vast the English language! ________________ Ke...