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by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:53 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 8251

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Louis, Not so fast! If you’re going to be around for some time, which I get the feeling you are, and I’m going to be listening to your vague grumblings about how I am somehow not answering questions that are asked on this website in the proper way, I want to get this settled right now. Find some spe...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 18, 2005 2:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 8251

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

Louis, Now that you mention it your apparent style of impenetrability, imprecision, obfuscation, ambiguity, inaccuracy and the attendant lack of usable information and the confusion it produces is much preferable to mine. I’ll have to work harder at being sloppy and vague and putting more mystery in...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 17, 2005 7:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cf.
Replies: 2
Views: 1432

cf.

Phil, In its definition of ‘motser,’ Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang does include a cf. of ‘bread.’ 'Cfs' have always confused me, though. I know it means ‘confer,’ ‘compare,’ but does it imply that that the 'cf.' may be used as a synonym? My feeling is that it means that it is of interest to compare,...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 17, 2005 4:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cohort(s)
Replies: 0
Views: 1718

cohort(s)

I just read the fascinating cover story in the February 2005 issue of MIT’s ‘Technology Review’ on the view of Aubrey de Gray at Cambridge University that humans can and should be ‘engineered’ to live indefinitely (http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/02/issue/feature_aging.asp . In the artic...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 16, 2005 5:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: monopoly
Replies: 10
Views: 2151

monopoly

Jasmine, It’s as Phil says and the Greek word ‘monopolion’ meant ‘right of exclusive sale.’ 'Monopoly,' which we borrowed from the Latin ‘monopolium,’ after they got it from the Greeks, first appeared in English, in 1534 meaning pretty much the same thing it meant in Greek and Latin and by the begin...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Jan 15, 2005 6:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gander
Replies: 13
Views: 5368

gander

bubble up
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 13, 2005 6:49 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: butt cheek
Replies: 1
Views: 2505

butt cheek

mr, The expression comes from the standard meanings of ‘butt’ and ‘cheek,’ which you can find in any dictionary. As far as the blushing part, I will leave that one to you to perform as an experiment. (&lt)
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 13, 2005 3:04 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 2890

up for it

Louis, Sorry if I misunderstood you, but I have been so numbed by your mantra that I’m not sure when you want it to apply and when you don’t.
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 2890

up for it

Well Phil, that would depend on what you mean by ‘is,’ ‘phenomenon,’ ‘generally,’ ‘referring,’ ‘political,’ and ‘debate,’ because, as we have heard, words don’t have meaning, only people do! (&lt)

Ken
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:17 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
Replies: 1
Views: 1539

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

In a previous posting the expression ‘meanwhile, back at the ranch’ came up and I thought it would be nice to know a little more about it. It’s been around as long as I can remember and, coincidentally, it is the name of a well-known southwestern jewelry, pottery, paintings, etc. store in my hometow...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:11 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Meanwhile, on another part of the island...
Replies: 8
Views: 1748

Meanwhile, on another part of the island...

Jeanette, I agree with Allen that I have never heard this used as a generalized expression. ‘Meanwhile back at the ranch . . .’ is also the similarly-meaning expression that I am familiar with. Doing a Google search, I got 51,000 hits on ‘Meanwhile back at the ranch . . .’ and 24 hits for ‘Meanwhile...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 2890

up for it

Louis, If words only depend upon what a particular human means and there are no standardized meanings, then doesn’t it get kind of hard for humans to communicate. Seems that using this approach 1) people will constantly be misunderstanding what others are saying or 2) they will have to end up spendi...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 12, 2005 5:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: forte
Replies: 5
Views: 2101

forte

Also see posting 'mispronunciation of French.'
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 12, 2005 4:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shine on it
Replies: 3
Views: 2097

shine on it

Tex, You’re right. ‘Shine on” is an expression that has been around since the 1950s. It means to ignore, to reject, to disregard, to avoid, skip. Later it also came to mean to disparage someone. It is said to have originated with U.S. Blacks with the possible notion that when one turns one’s back on...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Jan 12, 2005 4:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 2890

up for it

Dale, I am not questioning an elegant or inelegant definition. I am questioning the equivalence of ‘up for’ and ‘up for it.’ One would say ‘he is up for election’ or ‘the child is up for adoption. But I have a hard time imagining any one saying that ‘the child is up for it’ or ‘Bush was up for it’ i...