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by Ken Greenwald
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just legs.
Replies: 4
Views: 984

Re: Just legs.

Bob,

I always have the gut feeling that there should be an apostrophe. Same story for hers. It doesn't make sense, but that the way it is. :(
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Ken — January 13, 2018
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 1067

Re: shambolic

Phil,

Thanks for pointing that out. I got a bit paranoid about that and so have dated all my postings since then, which is probably unnecessary, but I do it anyway out of habit and just in case.
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Ken — January 9, 2018 :)
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 1067

shambolic

“Overseas, Trump has pounded ISIS to the brink of defeat [[fake fact?]], taken a tough line with Iran and North Korea, and finally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. ‘None of this is to deny Trump’s failings’; he remains a deeply divisive figure, with ‘a shambolic governing style.’”— Th...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bravura
Replies: 0
Views: 930

bravura

<2018 “If 2016 was the bravura opener and 2017 the tension-building second act, 2018 could deliver an action-packed conclusion to the Russia imbroglio.”— npr.org , 2 January> Although one might guess its meaning from the context, I’m unfamiliar with the word so I’ll do some delving. Erik did use it...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: And a very happy New Year
Replies: 5
Views: 1334

Re: And a very happy New Year

Phil,

That YouTube is beautiful. And a Happy New Years to you all.

Ken
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: foofaraw
Replies: 2
Views: 883

foofaraw

<2017 “It seems ludicrous—all that futzing for ‘a’ [[the word]]. No one pays attention to little words like this. Everyone knows what they mean, and all this foofaraw has zero impact on the way we live our lives. Then again, debate over the meaning of ‘is’—one of the simplest words in the English l...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.
Replies: 13
Views: 1903

Re: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.

I'm not much of a grammarian, but here's what I think on this. I would use the singular verb since the subject is "one" and "in a million is just an adjectival addition which describes the "one."
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Ken Greenwald — December 26, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Christmas Time
Replies: 4
Views: 1146

Re: Christmas Time

Happy holidays to one and all.
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Ken Greenwald — December 24, 2017
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Why is a knitted or crocheted coverlet called an afghan?
Replies: 9
Views: 1978

Re: Why is a knitted or crocheted coverlet called an afghan?

I was not paying attention when I wrote this post, but rather than toss it I will be redundant and add it to the pile: :cry: According to Wikipedia [ Afghan (blanket)] : Defintion : An afghan is a blanket [[or woven rug]] of knitted or crocheted wool, cotton, linen (or many other kinds of natural ma...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Tchotckes
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

Re: Tchotckes

Tchotches lives! But no one ever claimed it died. I love this word and couldn't pass up posting the quote I found it in plus a few others for good measure. Susumu Enomoto, a prized Wordwizard from yesteryear, and others did an excellent job of definition and etymology so I won't delve into those. <...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bupkus/bubkis/bubkes
Replies: 4
Views: 1374

bupkus/bubkis/bubkes

<2017 “If Democrats don’t like these provisions {in the GOP tax bill} . . . they should have negotiated with Republicans in exchange for their votes. Instead, the stubbornly sat this one out and ‘got bupkus. '"> When I was a lad I asked my grandfather (born 1888) and a native Yiddish speaker, what ...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dox/doxing
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

dox/doxing

<2017 “It was in this spirit that Anglin ‘ doxed ’ Gersh and her husband, Judah, as well as other Jews in Whitefish, by publishing their contact information and other personal details on his website.”— Atlantic Monthly , December, page 54.> DOX does not appear in Merriam-Webster Online nor in the O...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother
Replies: 5
Views: 1352

Re: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother

Hi Tony, Thanks for the compliment and for pointing out that the Devil’s Grandmother is an old phrase in itself. I probably should have thought of searching for that too, but I’m afraid my search skills are a bit rusty. (>:) After further looking, here’s a bit more I found on Devil’s Grandmother : W...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A gift from the Devil’s grandmother
Replies: 5
Views: 1352

A gift from the Devil’s grandmother

<2007 “We [[physicists, Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger]] have squandered a lot of time on this, and the result looks like a gift from the devil’s grandmother. ”— Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, page 513> Einstein and Schrödinger had just completed a mammoth effort of once...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Why English is so hard to learn
Replies: 7
Views: 1491

Re: Why English is so hard to learn

Tony, Context certainly does the trick. But in other languages are there such an abundance of words that rely on context? For a purist of some sort they would probably like to have a word's meaning stand on its own and not be dependent on helpers. ______________________________ Ken Greenwald - Decem...