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by JANE DOErell
Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: U.S. High-Speed Rail—Good Thing, Bad Thing?
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

Re: U.S. High-Speed Rail—Good Thing, Bad Thing?

I read news on line for a couple of hours each day. I have not read print news in several years. I think the New York Times at Starbucks in the only newspaper to be found in our suburb of 20000. The library might get some day-old newspapers. My concern with the disappearance of print has to do with...
by JANE DOErell
Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: U.S. High-Speed Rail—Good Thing, Bad Thing?
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

Re: U.S. High-Speed Rail—Good Thing, Bad Thing?

I read news on line for a couple of hours each day. I have not read print news in several years. I think the New York Times at Starbucks in the only newspaper to be found in our suburb of 20000. The library might get some day-old newspapers. My concern with the disappearance of print has to do with ...
by JANE DOErell
Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: E-Mail '@' Symbol
Replies: 7
Views: 2258

Re: E-Mail '@' Symbol

Erik_Kowal wrote:For latecomers to the 24/7/365 party that is this website, there's also a lengthy Wordwizard thread on the subject.
This time I actually remembered to do a search and was overwhelmed with 55 thousand hits. How did you narrow the search?
by JANE DOErell
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: E-Mail '@' Symbol
Replies: 7
Views: 2258

E-Mail '@' Symbol

Just an FWIW. I thought it interesting. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40220850/ ... d_gadgets/
by JANE DOErell
Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How does one pronounce the name Schygulla?
Replies: 16
Views: 3963

How does one pronounce the name Schygulla?

How does one pronounce the name Schygulla as in Hanna Schygulla?

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0778016/
by JANE DOErell
Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: booty
Replies: 9
Views: 3300

Re: booty

Booty where I come from means goods obtained not always legally. Have we found another I say tomato, you say tomato? For several decades I thought of booty as something pirates got off other persons ships. I cannot recall when I first heard booty with a sexual connotation. Now it is quite common on...
by JANE DOErell
Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: booty
Replies: 9
Views: 3300

booty

From Yahoo (ada AHD?) boo·ty2 (bt)also boo·dy (-d) NOUN: pl. boo·ties, also boo·dies Slang The buttocks. Vulgar Slang 1. The vulva or vagina. 2. Sexual intercourse. ETYMOLOGY: African American Vernacular English, from obsolete Black English booty, body, perhaps alteration of body What are the dates ...
by JANE DOErell
Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "minutes" as notes taken at a meeting
Replies: 2
Views: 992

"minutes" as notes taken at a meeting

When did "minutes" come to mean the notes taken at a meeting?

I'm assuming that 'minute' 1/60 and 'minute' chopped small are older.
by JANE DOErell
Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Museum of Nearly Dead Words
Replies: 5
Views: 4489

Re: Museum of Nearly Dead Words

I remember ninny and nincompoop from the late 40s used by people along the rivers where Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee come close together.
by JANE DOErell
Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: plural of tornado as tornadoes or tornados
Replies: 14
Views: 12965

plural of tornado as tornadoes or tornados

I just noticed that several dictionaries list the plural of tornado as tornadoes or tornados. As kids we were taught that when alternatives were listed the first was preferred. Is that still the case?
by JANE DOErell
Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: K abbreviation for 1000
Replies: 13
Views: 5408

Re: K abbreviation for 1000

I was watching an old TV show last evening where a word pronounced ''mil'' was used to mean a 'million dollars'. It was one of those true crime type dramatizations so I've no way of know if it were slang created by the writers or if it represented street slang at the time. The setting would have bee...
by JANE DOErell
Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Where does the 'cox' in the medical term 'precox' originate.
Replies: 6
Views: 1516

Re: Where does the 'cox' in the medical term 'precox' originate.

Reviewing how did I miss it first time through I discovered that entering "precox" into m-w.com gives a recommendation to look at "praecox" but onelook.com does not. Reading the replies to my queries it would seem to me that m-w.com should have "precox" as an entry shouldn't it - since this spelling...
by JANE DOErell
Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Where does the 'cox' in the medical term 'precox' originate.
Replies: 6
Views: 1516

Re: Where does the 'cox' in the medical term 'precox' originate.

So how did "praecox" become "precox"? Is precox one of our latter day internet spellings? I see Google has about twice as many ghits for praecox and precox. Onelook has a few more praecox than precox. My spell checker doesn't like either.
by JANE DOErell
Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Where does the 'cox' in the medical term 'precox' originate.
Replies: 6
Views: 1516

Where does the 'cox' in the medical term 'precox' originate.

There seem to be several medical terms, macrogenitosomia precox and dementia precox being most common but there are others, with "precox" where "pre-" means just that but I cannot find the origin of the "-cox".
by JANE DOErell
Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: NYT article on language
Replies: 29
Views: 4558

Re: NYT article on language

There was a time when many nytimes.com articles would age off into a pay-for-view archive. If you have a keen interest in the link in the OP you might want to use the email option and send it to yourself.