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by Ken Greenwald
Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)
Replies: 20
Views: 7909

Re: Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)

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The Roach Motel where roaches check in, but they don't check out!
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Ken — December 18, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chest of drawers
Replies: 15
Views: 4011

Re: Chest of drawers

aaa Steve, I’m late to the party, but here’s what I dredged up: A chest of drawers would be a bad choice for a name since the items you are looking at are mostly cabinet space with a few drawers at the bottom as an afterthought. CHEST OF DRAWERS : A piece of furniture consisting of a set of drawers...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)
Replies: 20
Views: 7909

Re: Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)

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John, I particularly like the Palmolive ad — never heard it before. Must have been before my time. (<;)
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Ken — December 17, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)
Replies: 20
Views: 7909

Snippets from old-time ads (or the whole thing if you like)

aaa Note: Old-time is relative so slightly younger old-time adds are acceptable. When I ran across a treasure trove of old-time ads, here , I thought it might be fun to pull out the memorable line that sticks in your head from all those years ago when the jingle and the memorable line were the hear...
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: candescent
Replies: 0
Views: 2583

candescent

aaa <2014 “I watched it go, lost in recollection. This memory was candescent , irresistible.”—“H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald, page 8> Don't recall seeing candescent without the “in” out front, as in “incandescent light bulb”. So what does candescent mean? OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY CANDESCENT ad...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dreich
Replies: 1
Views: 2310

dreich

aaa <2012 “On a dreich weekday evening with the temperature falling rapidly. He drove around without taking much of it in.”— Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin, page 177> The word sounds like something lousy and it is, but some of the quoters below might disagree: OxfordDictionaries.com ...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:09 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: huckle
Replies: 1
Views: 6150

huckle

aaa aaa <2012 “‘He’s at some meeting,’ . . . ‘ Huckling for a move.’ . . . ‘Seems there’s a vacancy at the top table [[an opening for a top management position]].”— Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin, page 72> After a fairly extensive search I found huckle defined in only one dictionary ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: diminuendo
Replies: 1
Views: 2233

diminuendo

aaa <Tóibín, author of The Master , a fine-tuned novel on the lonely last years of Henry James, revisits, diminuendo , the wrenching finale of The Portrait of a Lady. ”— Publisher’s Weekly Review of Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín's> Beautiful-sounding word; not quite as exciting as a crescendo, but a with...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: This mullet ain't no fish
Replies: 4
Views: 2954

Re: This mullet ain't no fish

aaa Wiz, you said: The essential element of a mullet is that it is short at the front and long at the back. In Aus it is generally regarded as a bogan style of haircut. For those of us not familiar with the term 'bogan' here is the Wikipedia definition: BOGAN : The term bogan (/ˈboʊɡən/[1]) is an A...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:07 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: punt / punter
Replies: 4
Views: 3007

punt / punter

aaa <2012 Rebus reckoned she [[barmaid]] had chosen the soundtrack, whether the punters liked it or not. As she poured his beer . . .”— Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin> First of all the only punt I know of is in American football and since I have never played or followed the game I do...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kibitz / kibitzer
Replies: 0
Views: 2373

kibitz / kibitzer

aaa <1986 “There were four rows of concrete tables with painted [[chess]] boards on their surfaces, and a pair of chess players, all men, at each. Some kibitzers stood over the boards.”— The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis, page 247> The verb kibitz and the one who does it, the noun kibitzer , are Y...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:41 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Trifecta
Replies: 2
Views: 956

Re: Trifecta

aaa
I'm sitting here in front of my monitor laughing and even woke my cat (Sprinkles) up who was sound asleep beside it – good one!
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Ken – November 28, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Nov 28, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: green with envy / eggcorn
Replies: 37
Views: 25444

Re: green with envy / eggcorn

aaa Speaking of egghorns I woke up this morning with a headegg and got up and took two aspirins. After all these years a vestige of my youth in Brooklyn (NYC) lives on. Yes, unlike normal folks, we had headeggs and not 'headaches.' (see here for further discussion on eggcorns) _____________________...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 11
Views: 2645

Re: Shoes

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Steve,This site calls them ballet flats.
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Ken - November 27, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Irritating expressions or worse
Replies: 162
Views: 43439

Re: Irritating expressions or worse

aaa This is such a worn out cliché that I can’t believe that any respectable novelist would use it: <1983 “Somewhere far away a dog was barking.”— The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis, page 158> However, see here for a short article on this very subject and it's use by many creditable authors. ______...