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by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 5583

Re: Daylight Robbery

Tony, Excellent piece of research!! And I agree as you said: <“From this one might imagine that ‘daylight robbery’ was derived from the criminal offence or from the subsequent taxation. And, possibly, from both.”> The subsequent taxation could nicely cover the figurative meaning of an excessive fina...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 5583

Re: Daylight Robbery

I just recalled that I had discussed “Daylight Robbery” in a posting many moons ago (see daylight robbery ). It is always a good idea before posting to do a search to see if the topic has been previously discussed. Just for the record, I’ll provide the OED ’s definitions here and a few more recent q...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Letter to Dad!
Replies: 0
Views: 3498

Letter to Dad!

A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to 'Dad.' With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Government Notice
Replies: 1
Views: 1706

Government Notice

I recently saw this notice. To help improve the economy, President Trump will announce next month that the Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs. Older people are easier to catch and will not remember how to get...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Outdated Expressions?
Replies: 2
Views: 2377

Outdated Expressions?

worn to a frazzle Yesterday I went to the gym and did a strenuous workout. On the way out I ran into a young fellow there (somewhere in his early twenties) who I had talked to on and off for the last several years. He asked me how my workout was and I told him I was worn to a frazzle . He then said...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: taxi dancer
Replies: 5
Views: 2994

Re: taxi dancer

Phil and Tony, Thanks for the input. It always amazes me when I come across an attention-grabbing expression, not easily forgotten such as this one, that I've gone through my whole life - and I'm no spring chicken (<:) - and have never seen before. How vast the English language! ________________ Ke...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: taxi dancer
Replies: 5
Views: 2994

taxi dancer

<2019 “Yangsze Choo’s new novel [ The Night Tiger ] weaves together several ‘tantalizing twisted strands,’ said Patty Rhulle in USA Today . In 1930s Malaysia, a boy sent to find his master’s severed finger crosses paths with a taxi dancer working to cover her mother’s mah-jong debts.”— The Week , 2...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sommelier
Replies: 1
Views: 1972

sommelier

<2019 “Perhaps you are someone who thinks honey is just honey. Or tea is just tea. Or olive oil is just olive oil. Or water is just water. Or a cigar is just a cigar. Or mustard is just mustard. If so, you’re likely skeptical of a honey sommelier , a tea sommelier , an olive oil sommelier , a water...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: unicorn
Replies: 1
Views: 1540

unicorn

Over the last several months I have seen the word “unicorn” used in a way which I am not familiar with. I wrote down a quote I saw in the NYTimes last month, but was jolted into looking into it when I came across it again in a magazine I was reading. Here are the two quotes: <2019 “The Next Wave of ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Women Who Read
Replies: 6
Views: 2351

Women Who Read

One morning a husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book. Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Deadline
Replies: 2
Views: 1727

Re: Deadline

Tony, Thanks for adding this word and its origin to our collection. I really like it. It’s a word so commonly used, yet I had never given a thought as to where it came from and nor had it ever been discussed in all the many years of Wordwizard’s existence. I’ll give it my official treatment here for...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this kind of person?
Replies: 5
Views: 2591

Re: What do you call this kind of person?

Steve,

A few words that readily come to mind are foulmouth, potty-mouth, cusser, and curser.
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Ken Greenwald - March 8, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 79
Views: 75666

Re: Good Quotes

The following quote by diplomat and author Daniele Varé (1880-1956) appeared in The Week, March 1, 2019, page 17:
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.
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Ken Greenwald - February 24, 2019
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hymeneal
Replies: 4
Views: 3457

hymeneal

My son, Scott, who lives in Boston and is a Research Scientist at MIT (tut, tut), came up with the idea of us simultaneously reading a book and discussing it. He suggested for our first book a short novel by Honoré de Balzac. I was not overly thrilled with this choice, but figured I’d give it a go –...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: elegiac
Replies: 2
Views: 2739

Re: elegiac

Thanks Rufus,

Ken