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by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wannabe writer's block
Replies: 19
Views: 5371

Wannabe writer's block

Thanks! That would explain it.
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wannabe writer's block
Replies: 19
Views: 5371

Wannabe writer's block

Can someone out there come in and clue me in on what goes on here? As I see it, there is a giant leap from Dec. 2001 to Jan. 2006 made by Erik to a Keara that I have not seen in 2007 as far as I can recall. I would love to congratulate the original poster, who seems to me to be suffering only from t...
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 11499

America and American

Last things first (in order not to appear too serious) Ok, I too am grateful, and you are correct about Wordwizard. You are perfectly correct, too, about the evolution of the English language (Long may she reign). I also believe the English language doesn't suffer at all if we remind some people tha...
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 11499

America and American

No, no, nicky. You touched no nerve. Have something urgent to attend to now, but will be back to explain.
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: PC punctuation
Replies: 4
Views: 2558

PC punctuation

I can only second tony h. Bob, great!
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: doolally tap
Replies: 12
Views: 4152

doolally tap

My understanding of it comes from my father who was there, Deolali, as well as Bombay, though he retained his sanity and it was far after the end of the 19th century. Originally, since tap is simply fever and Doo-lally obviously a corruption of Deolali, the term referred to yes, probably, camp fever...
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Totally Lost
Replies: 9
Views: 2330

Totally Lost

Already beloved here. How often do you hear "curt" anymore. Although something tells me it might refer to Curtis/s. Discussion is welcome here, but be careful to keep it apolitical. (sorry, attempt at an inside joke, just kidding) Acrimony is OK too, but be curt. (repeat apology) The search engine w...
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 11499

America and American

You don't know my serious side, nicky? quoting you: "Yank has almost passed out of conversational use here." May have passed out... :-)... of your conversations. But you don't have MY AK'cent. Do people in the U.S. pronounce accent incorrectly on purpose, knowing its meaning? (that's one for Wordwiz...
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Can somebody explain the maths?
Replies: 13
Views: 3956

Can somebody explain the maths?

Yes,your maths have failed you. 8 persons at 12 locations in Birmingham makes 96. :-)


(Can't fail the forum. Politically now. I didn't like the looks of Birmingham in 1961. Politicians always achieve what they work so hard for.)


and yes, Dale's answer makes perfect sense.
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: humankind
Replies: 15
Views: 5180

humankind

I may have had a glass too much of excellent wine with my dinner, but my greater fear is that (moving one letter of "humankind" up one place in the alphabet) humankind has become........well, THAT and as a word, pleonastic.
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 11499

America and American

quote: "It is this way from usage and not from pride. United States does not lend itself to a easy reference." Bravo! While all the rest of us were beating about the bush...or is that beating around...? I imagine, hs, you've gotten the response on Britain vs England, but think I could explain if you...
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: humankind
Replies: 15
Views: 5180

humankind

No doubt at all about Armstrong. He wished to say that that particular small step of his represented for all mankind (including all women) a giant leap. But here I go again: subsequent political decisions on spending on space science have shortened that leap quite a bit from what Armstrong's hopes i...
by DJHampson
Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: the back of my hand
Replies: 14
Views: 3499

the back of my hand

Meirav, if you are British, and of course the U.S. is of British descent, and your parents loved you enough to correct you (may that not be taken as a political statement, please, though I have a personal suspicion that it is), you know the phrase. I heard it often, usually in good humour as in K.G....
by DJHampson
Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kangaroo court
Replies: 24
Views: 8569

kangaroo court

Thanks, Phil. I can assure you that I came to Wordwizard to verify the origin of a word following one of what I now call Dale's GHits. I registered and log onto Wordwizard because of my love for the English language and its usage, and because there are a great many very intelligent users here. I thi...
by DJHampson
Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: America and American
Replies: 47
Views: 11499

America and American

First off, let me formally accept Wordwizard's proffered (or at least appearing in written form each time I post) thanks for this post. Let me also formally thank Wordwizard and its administration for giving me the opportunity to post, something, no doubt, of value to me, and I hope to others. I hav...