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by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 16, 2005 5:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: monopoly
Replies: 10
Views: 4545

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: 8282

gander

bubble up
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Jan 13, 2005 6:49 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: butt cheek
Replies: 1
Views: 3157

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: 6827

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: 6827

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: 2137

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: 4398

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: 6827

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: 3625

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: 3350

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: 6827

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...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 6827

up for it

Dale, I have never heard ‘up for it’ used to mean ‘meriting candidacy.’ Do you have anything to back this up or is it just your feeling from this one quote? And it would be nice if when you gave a quote, you told us where it came from. Was it said by some semiliterate guy in a drug bust or was it th...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 11, 2005 8:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gorgeous
Replies: 2
Views: 3111

gorgeous

Anne and Wiz, When it comes to ‘gorgeous,’ there might be more to it than meets the eye. (<) I found this very interesting piece in: Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories GORGEOUS: It is not hard to see why ‘gurges,’ the Latin word for ‘whirlpool,’ should have come in Late Latin (about the 3r...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 11, 2005 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Draconian
Replies: 4
Views: 4032

Draconian

John, Since Draconian/draconian has such an interesting origin, might as well do the full monty anyway for those who may be interested. DRACONIAN/draconian: ‘Draconian’ is still regularly used to refer to any law, measure, or rule of authority that is excessively severe, harsh, or cruel. <“Some cons...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Jan 10, 2005 11:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Draconian
Replies: 4
Views: 4032

Draconian

John, Relative to your initial confusion, here is a little piece on ‘dracontology.’ _____________________________ Michael Quinion’s Word Wide Words DRACONTOLOGY: Strictly speaking, ‘dracontology’ should refer to the study of dragons. It derives from Greek ‘drakon,’ serpent (plus ‘–ology’ from a Gree...