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by mongrowl
Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: high-maintenance woman
Replies: 3
Views: 5099

high-maintenance woman

Back in the seventy,s it was well known among young men on the subject of 'muscle' versus 'sports' cars, that 'sports' cars were expensive mainly because they were "high maintainance" vehicles. I experienced this with my jag-wahr. Just could not keep it in tune.
by mongrowl
Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 4x4
Replies: 26
Views: 9926


I have to say that if in fact I had ever seen one I had forgotten about the adult's machines with the pedals attached to the rear wheels
I think we both knew the Humphreymobile was the standard Adult Trike.
by mongrowl
Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ickyackymore
Replies: 14
Views: 9394


Talking to Babies From a discussion about whether it inhibits language acquisition for parents to use more than one term for things: =========== Other family words are less loaded. My mother had a word "ickyackymore" - it means the small reflection of the sun off a prism such as a watch face. I use...
by mongrowl
Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mustard
Replies: 7
Views: 4361


AS PER--- Webster Dictionary, 1913 Mus"tard (?), n. [OF. moustarde, F. moutarde, fr. L. mustum must, -- mustard was prepared for use by being mixed with must. See Must, n.] 1. (Bot.) The name of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica (formerly Sinapis),...... 2. A powder or a paste made f...
by mongrowl
Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: buckshee
Replies: 10
Views: 7898


buck·shee (bksh) Chiefly British n. 1. Something extra or left over that is obtained free. 2. An extra ration. adj. 1. Free of charge; gratis: "If they deposit these shares, too, in the scheme, they will get further buckshee shares on a one-for-one basis" Economist. 2. Unsolicited; gratuitous: "The...
by mongrowl
Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: squirrel cage
Replies: 5
Views: 4020

squirrel cage

INTENSIONAL MEANING Squirrel cage motors get their name from the appearance of early rotors. They are the most common type of industrial AC electric motor, being rugged and requiring neither a separate DC power source nor slip-rings. They are essentially constant speed devices when energised by a c...
by mongrowl
Tue May 15, 2007 3:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?
Replies: 47
Views: 24533

Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?

Does anyone know a reason for this change? It might be connected to the newer current saying that "It is all a matter of choices". Now that I am old enough to have made a sufficient number of mistakes that I can assess whether those "choices" I have made are one,s consequent to seeing them as 'clea...
by mongrowl
Tue May 15, 2007 1:25 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Quirk's Grammar
Replies: 8
Views: 12336

Quirk's Grammar

This topic, started by gdwrkr, is flagging at me but I fail to see justification for the forum choice. Is there some kind of paradigm shift I am unaware of?
by mongrowl
Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: repurposed
Replies: 20
Views: 12709


----------- I think the concept has already been named – in some instances at least – with the good old word RECYCLE: --------- NO, I sharply disagree. Your speech and esthetics are free, but indicative of the poor selection of this term 'recycle' for the much clearer 'repurpose', in the first place...
by mongrowl
Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to hump
Replies: 12
Views: 6734

to hump

I get a persistent image of an inchworm humping along..... I think this is one of those anglo saxon words that are not and never were catchable by the Lit majors. I think the noun and verb grew up togther. If I were to try and say " load the truck by levering the load up with first my thigh, then h...
by mongrowl
Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ... vira ...viri ... viruses ??
Replies: 29
Views: 17119

... vira ...viri ... viruses ??

I wonder if Ken even noticed the date on this thread before he went off.
My understanding is that both ways are acceptable now. I use (DATA) in the singular sense because I think of data in the aggregate.
by mongrowl
Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Lighting terms
Replies: 19
Views: 10552

Lighting terms

So the original purpose of a 'ballast'
Yes. So as to offset the force of a "gale" of electrons.
by mongrowl
Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: snow bitch
Replies: 16
Views: 9054

snow bitch

One thought is that it could be a typo of "snow ditch".
by mongrowl
Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:44 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mexican stand-off
Replies: 14
Views: 7725

Mexican stand-off

I have had difficulty with your campaign
Bob, when it comes to punctuation, there are no rules, only 'house' styles. If there were real rules, there would be someone to blame for the piss-poor norms that do exist. I think you know what I think you can do with your "rules".