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by Spear
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Power of Paranoia
Replies: 1
Views: 2341

Power of Paranoia

A while back I received an e-mail stating that Wordwizard is online again. I was so relieved. I thought I must have posted so much nonsense that Wordwizard decided to blacklist my IP address or something and that is the reason why I cannot access the site. Is blacklist still considered as non-PC? In...
by Spear
Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: yes and no
Replies: 12
Views: 4784

yes and no

I agree the above can be confusing, however, the perplexity intensifies exponentially when the double negative is used, as is in my native tongue.

From Wikipedia: “The double negative construction has been fully grammaticalized in standard Afrikaans…”
by Spear
Fri Jun 29, 2007 4:04 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dour
Replies: 16
Views: 4716

dour

Thank you Erik. I must admit that thinking about it, grey is a better adjective describing John Major than dour.
by Spear
Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dour
Replies: 16
Views: 4716

dour

Which word resurged when John Major became Prime Minister? I always thought him to be quintessentially dour. In fact, looking up dour in a thesaurus, one should find John Major as a synonym for dour.
by Spear
Thu Jun 28, 2007 5:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Congratulations for something new
Replies: 19
Views: 8777

Congratulations for something new

In Holland people congratulate others (and even send a card) when they first start having a relationship. The word used (verkering) though, implies both relationship and sex. They also celebrate the anniversary thereof as in other cultures people would celebrate a wedding anniversary. “Hartelijk gef...
by Spear
Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Changing an accent
Replies: 13
Views: 4995

Changing an accent

I am just wondering…Why would one want to get rid of a nice British accent? Unless it is an Essex accent of course ;-) I also wonder… Because of all the American TV shows that are being broadcast in virtually every country in the world as well as American films in every cinema in the world, because ...
by Spear
Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:57 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Catalyst of my fixation
Replies: 0
Views: 4173

Catalyst of my fixation

A year ago I read FAST & LOUCHE confessions of a flagrant sinner an autobiography by Jeremy Scott. I did not know the meaning of "louche" and looked it up. I was hooked. Before, I always liked words and reading. I’ve loved crossword puzzles since very young and have been used to looking up words in ...
by Spear
Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dwiles [dwile flonking -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 8
Views: 3518

dwiles [dwile flonking -- Forum Mod.]

I am sure that you have checked Onelook as well, and these are the two results 1. From Dictionary of Slang Noun. A dish cloth, a rag. Also, dwile flonking , a pub game played at village fetes, involving a beer soaked rag. More details available at World Wide Words. [Orig/mainly Suffolk/Norfolk use] ...
by Spear
Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rugby
Replies: 12
Views: 3084

rugby

russcable, this is more fun, but I see I'll have to look it up anyway
by Spear
Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rugby
Replies: 12
Views: 3084

rugby

I noticed (and participated in) some verbal sparring in some of the threads about rugby, referring especially to the recent international test matches that have been played. In the thread "English" Wizard of Oz goaded me about the All Blacks beating the Springboks over the weekend. It made me wonder...
by Spear
Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: English?
Replies: 14
Views: 3852

English?

WoZ, If you think back to the previous weekend, where we wupped some Aussie Ass, to use the Americanism, your great big grin might fade some. This was on home ground, see you soon in your own neck of the woods, well see whether playing on own turf will give you any advantage!!!! Talking of Rugby, I ...
by Spear
Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "I bags that"
Replies: 38
Views: 32249

"I bags that"

We "debs"-ed something
by Spear
Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:16 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Hell hath no fury...
Replies: 25
Views: 7959

Hell hath no fury...

OPL?
by Spear
Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:39 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: English?
Replies: 14
Views: 3852

English?

The posts about the women’s day-luggage also made me think. Much has been said about the way in which different groups use English and the confusion it can cause. Think about women’s underwear for example. Ladies’ briefs are called panties in South Africa, knickers in the UK and underpants in the US...
by Spear
Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hot
Replies: 9
Views: 2335

hot

Back to original topic – from The Online Etymology Dictionary http://www.etymonline.com Hot O.E. hat "hot, opposite of cold," also "fervent, fierce," from P.Gmc. *haitoz (cf. O.Fris. het, O.N. heitr, Du. heet, Ger. heiß "hot," Goth. heito "heat of a fever"), from PIE base *qai- (cf. Lith. kaistu "to...