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by haro
Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: correct pronunciation of foreign names
Replies: 23
Views: 6841

correct pronunciation of foreign names

Kto, the Gesichtserker thing happened about a century before Hitler, during a time that sometimes is called "first German purism" - Hitler's Reich having launched the second purism period. The first one also brought other gems such as 'Meuchelpuffer' instead of 'Revolver.' Sorry I can't provide more...
by haro
Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Does English have an "accent mark" ( ¨ ) ??
Replies: 51
Views: 7790

Does English have an "accent mark" ( ¨ ) ??

Tony, I wouldn't call Helvetica elegant. It's a headline font, so it's meant to hit one in the eye. That's what it does fairly well. Using it as a bread-and-butter type is mere abuse, though. And Arial cemented that abuse by gleefully ignoring even the most fundamental rules of typography. Anyway, I...
by haro
Tue Jul 25, 2006 9:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Does English have an "accent mark" ( ¨ ) ??
Replies: 51
Views: 7790

Does English have an "accent mark" ( ¨ ) ??

Mike, since Unicode is a clearly numbered system, why don't you just provide the Unicode number so I can look it up? None of my Greek Unicode lists mentions a capital iota or upsilon with dialytika (not 'dialytica'). By the way, Arial is a Micro$oft product. Actually it was stolen from a font named ...
by haro
Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Kraken Wakes
Replies: 9
Views: 2355

The Kraken Wakes

M-W defines a kraken as "a fabulous Scandinavian sea monster," whereas the same word in German simply means any species of the order octopoda . In other words, what's called an octopus in English can be called 'Kraken' or 'Oktopus' in German. As far as I can tell there is no difference other than th...
by haro
Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Does English have an "accent mark" ( ¨ ) ??
Replies: 51
Views: 7790

Does English have an "accent mark" ( ¨ ) ??

Sorry Mike, those are not CAPITALS. In Greek, the diaresis is not used on capitals. See line 5 on the second page of that .pdf file to find the possible accents used on capital iota. No diaresis there. Same with upsilon, as you may notice. Let keen eyesight rule. Erik, I assume the Greek question ma...
by haro
Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Friday the 13th
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

Friday the 13th

Just in case someone is wondering why it is 'paraskevidekatriaphobia' but 'triskaidekaphobics' - 'tris kai deka' (= three and ten) is the older version, genuine Ancient Greek, whereas 'dekatria' (=ten-three) is the newer one, as used also in Modern Greek. 'Paraskevi' means 'preparation' both in Anci...
by haro
Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Oceans of meaning.
Replies: 42
Views: 5415

Oceans of meaning.

gdwdwrkr, we are trying hard. Please be patient.
by haro
Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Travel time
Replies: 13
Views: 2413

Travel time

Here's a little story told by a travel agent in the USA (copied from the Internet years ago): "A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, b...
by haro
Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: galleting
Replies: 9
Views: 2214

galleting

Tony, in French, 'un galet' is a pebble. The word can have some other meanings too, like, for instance, one of several metal slips or discs or the like mounted at the bottom of a heavy object to make it slide more easily on a surface. 'Galet' is the modern spelling according to Le Dictionnaire de l'...
by haro
Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:27 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Bar code
Replies: 22
Views: 4300

Bar code

gdwdwrkr, you mean there's life on North Dakota?
by haro
Tue Jul 04, 2006 12:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: guys and dolls
Replies: 4
Views: 1044

guys and dolls

Martin, please have a look at this: http://www.wordwizard.com/indexresources.htm . You can reach it from the Wordwizard Home page, but not from the Clubhouse.
by haro
Sun Jun 25, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: loudspeaker
Replies: 13
Views: 1770

loudspeaker

WoZ I know, but there are more serious reasons for a visit from the CIA.
by haro
Sat Jun 24, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Australian dates for autumn, spring, summer and winter
Replies: 22
Views: 7790

Australian dates for autumn, spring, summer and winter

K. Allen, that reminds me of those Michiganders who define summer as the three months of bad sledding.
by haro
Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:55 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Australian dates for autumn, spring, summer and winter
Replies: 22
Views: 7790

Australian dates for autumn, spring, summer and winter

In Michigan, the two seasons of the year are winter and construction.
by haro
Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nautical glossary
Replies: 26
Views: 3822

nautical glossary

Yeah Shelley, actually this thread is one of the least off-topic ones this Web site has ever seen. On the other hand, this whole place is a nutty forum.