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by Ed P
Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Coney Island; coney
Replies: 21
Views: 16322

Coney Island; coney

Ahem, could chewing the cud be a reference to the habit of members of this family to ... eat their own poo? I was fascinated as a kid by this, as are most small (male) children. The rabbits gut isn`t long enough to properly break down certain plant intakes in one pass, and it gets diverted in the gu...
by Ed P
Sat Jun 03, 2006 1:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 26
Views: 7918

cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]

Dear Ken thats exactly what I was saying if you notice my comment about being honest. I admitted that I dropped a nad and took the trouble to find out why. The dictated notes stressed areas throughout and as the full memory waned, that association remained, without the distinction "of samples/popula...
by Ed P
Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Diaspora , Greg Egan
Replies: 8
Views: 5563

Diaspora , Greg Egan

From a pevious post, this reads well although being in the genre sci fi and written by an Australian (some people instantly have two blocks for that and wont read it) but I have lent it to people who will not read sci-fi on principle and they have thoroughly enjoyed it. It doesnt matter, his books n...
by Ed P
Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:39 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: how many of you have read the da vinci code
Replies: 53
Views: 24926

how many of you have read the da vinci code

Dear b2b cookies, I read the name of the rose from a fiend of mine, she didnt think much of Foucaults pendulum, she was so negative I bought it. ( tells you about what a recalcitrant SOB iam) someone else said it was good stuff, who like myself had been to france, and the places, and factual descrip...
by Ed P
Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: white rabbits
Replies: 13
Views: 4089

white rabbits

Thanks to bob for filling in a gap i had always wondered about, I also remember " a pinch and a punch on the first of the month" and that for some reason "white rabbits" had to be said before midday, like all fools pranks stopped at 12? but that is possibly just older, and just london and suburbs, u...
by Ed P
Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The origin of the words 'England' and/or 'English'
Replies: 7
Views: 3676

The origin of the words 'England' and/or 'English'

Crystal I trust absolutely, and "stories" is very readable. Bryson seems to quote only positive reinforcements. After the prod to re-evaluate, I have, some of his sources quoted in the back of mother tongue are ... more selective than authoritative I`m sorry I digressed into Newton, but the standard...
by Ed P
Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 26
Views: 7918

cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]

From my notes: 1978: discrete distribution, mode is the value with most entries. median is value that splits the distribution into two areas of equal numbers of samples. quartile, lower splits the half below the median in to two areas with equal numbers of samples, Upper same above percentiles split...
by Ed P
Tue May 30, 2006 11:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: use/utilize
Replies: 23
Views: 6990

use/utilize

To utilise in a guarded or secretive sense: furtilise
by Ed P
Tue May 30, 2006 11:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 26
Views: 7918

cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]

Speaking as a card carrying semi occasional member of the hypocrite club, to me it is like so many Colemanballs candidates in private eye magazine, an attempt to sound in the know/hip/authoritative by grafting on a term from elsewhere used with one exclusive meaning and emphasising it just in case t...
by Ed P
Mon May 29, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Where did the slang word Pig for police officers?
Replies: 8
Views: 8248

Where did the slang word Pig for police officers?

Its a far cop, i`ll come quitly guv`nor,
thanks.

somewhat surprised of London
by Ed P
Mon May 29, 2006 11:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The origin of the words 'England' and/or 'English'
Replies: 7
Views: 3676

The origin of the words 'England' and/or 'English'

I`m afraid that that particular point actually shows agreement between messrs Bryson and Crystal. What Bryson fails adequately to stress was that it was as a written language that the differences between use of english and latin for some sunjects arose, no-one spoke latin in England apart from a few...
by Ed P
Mon May 29, 2006 9:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Where did the slang word Pig for police officers?
Replies: 8
Views: 8248

Where did the slang word Pig for police officers?

Pigs for police came from the mid 60`s and was as far as i can tell an import from the US, I first heard it on tv perhaps 67? In london they were plod (policemean plod) the filth,rozzers and as you went north scuffers and bizzies amongst many local terms going back pre WWII. The only leads i have fo...
by Ed P
Mon May 29, 2006 9:16 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: how many of you have read the da vinci code
Replies: 53
Views: 24926

how many of you have read the da vinci code

If Dan Brown has a family is what was said to me.:-) "have you read any umberto ecco?" yes, "have you read Foucaults pendulum? "yes "Don`t even borrow it from someone you will get upset." so its ecco lite? " not even there, ecco ephememeral?" but you bought it and you finished it? "Of course I blooo...
by Ed P
Mon May 29, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]
Replies: 26
Views: 7918

cortile [quartile also discussed -- Forum Admin.]

why would you use it as "zone"? gagan has not supplied any context, and the nearest I`ve heard (as above) was a US football commentator talking about a "quartile zone" meaning 25% of the pitch I assume and trying to sound authoritative. I was deep in conversation, but my inner nitpicker was listenin...
by Ed P
Mon May 29, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: is it a word
Replies: 7
Views: 3852

is it a word

Please forgive me, but dictorial sounds like something used to describe the member(in many senses) for Henley Boris J?

google henley boris for overload