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by Ken Greenwald
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:26 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: Twisted definitions
Replies: 88
Views: 36287

Re: Twisted definitions

aaa
ALPHABET - A wager made by the dominant member of a group.
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Ken - November 23, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: When is a cliché?
Replies: 2
Views: 2753

Re: When is a cliché?

aaa Phil, for me a newer cliché is often an annoying phrase that has recently been repeated so many times that it has lost its uniqueness and even sometimes it’s meaning. “No problem,” for example, has easily lost both. For a large selection of “Irritating expressions or worse” and discussion see h...
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skanky
Replies: 9
Views: 4881

Re: skanky

aaa
Erik,

Very well said. I couldn't agree with you more.
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Ken - November 22, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skanky
Replies: 9
Views: 4881

Re: skanky

aaa When I was a child I was told to watch my P’s and Q’s, but no one warned me about my H’s and K’s. Well, I made a hash of my above posting by totally confusing the two. I was seeing H’s when they were actually K’s. There were no H’s. I again thank Erik for pointing out the error of my ways durin...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Nov 21, 2015 3:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skanky
Replies: 9
Views: 4881

Re: skanky

aaa
Sorry guys. I inadvertently used "shanky" instead of 'skanky' in several of my examples as Erik pointed out in a communication. I've corrected them and they all should now read "skanky."
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Ken - November 20, 2015 (We shall have no skanky-panky around here!)
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skanky
Replies: 9
Views: 4881

skanky

aaa <2015 “ Skanky suicide bomber used to be a selfie-taking party animal [[reads the headline at the New York Post]]. . . She was hardly a model Muslim before she became an ISIS suicide bomber — drinking booze, hanging out with drug dealers and posing for naked photos in a bubble bath.”— NewYorkpo...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tricks of the trade
Replies: 6
Views: 1778

Re: Tricks of the trade

aaa
Tricks of the trade was an extremely common expression during my working years and it was almost always in a positive sense.
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Ken - November 17, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: a dab hand
Replies: 3
Views: 3173

a dab hand

aaa I almost let this one slip by because the meaning was so obvious. But then I realized it was an idiom I had never heard before. <2012 “They’re e-fits she explained. ‘There’s a guy I know on a force [[police]] down south, he’s a dab hand with the software."— Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ia...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Photographer
Replies: 7
Views: 1942

Re: Photographer

aaa
Steve and Bob,

Interesting that I never ran into them on this side of the rift.
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Ken - November 14, 2015
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tosser
Replies: 4
Views: 3385

Re: tosser

aaa
Phil and Erik,

Thanks for the info.
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Ken - November 13, 2015 (pimple-free)
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tosser
Replies: 4
Views: 3385

tosser

aaa This is probably not news to folks on the right [[not necessarily correct]] side of the ditch, but it is news to me. <2015 “Whether because of the resemblance to Mathew, or because he had taken Strike’s chair, or because Strike genuinely senses a tosser when he saw one, Strike found the youth o...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fly/flies
Replies: 6
Views: 3057

fly/flies

aaa We’re talking men’s pants. In the British-authored book I’m reading the object is referred to in the plural: <2015 “. . . before he had even zipped up his flies , he had punched her, knocking her back into the car door, . . [[page 133]] . . . . . . . . . “Hand relief?” She offered, eyeing his f...
by Ken Greenwald
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Wolf whistling
Replies: 12
Views: 6093

Re: Wolf whistling

aaa
Phil, I commend you on a really nice piece of research.
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Ken — October 28, 2015

PS: Not directly related but a book I recently read and which you might enjoy is The Animal Dialogues — Uncommon encounters in the Wild by Craig Childs.
by Ken Greenwald
Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: full stop
Replies: 5
Views: 2998

Re: full stop

aaa
Tony, You're going to have to cut down on that speed reading. Your last Cambridge dictionary definition is my fist!
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Ken — October 25, 2015 (who reads slow as molasses)
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: full stop
Replies: 5
Views: 2998

full stop

aaa I was unfamiliar with this usage of this simple phrase as it appears in the following: <2015 “Yet the biggest challenge to RNA sprays . . . isn’t going to come from regulators. The real problem can be summarized in a single word: Monsanto. ‘For half the world, that is enough to know it’s evil,’...