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by Ken Greenwald
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: post-truth / post-truth politics
Replies: 1
Views: 1947

post-truth / post-truth politics

. Oxford Dictionaries chose the adjective post-truth as the 2016 ‘word of the year.’ I’m not sure of what the standards are for choosing ‘word of the year,’ but it’s possible that popularity is not high on the list. Perhaps niftiness and possibilities for the future are up there, but I never came a...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used for pets
Replies: 3
Views: 2156

Re: Thing used for pets

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I call mine a cat food bowl.
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Ken - December 29, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: News
Replies: 6
Views: 3823

Re: News

Contratulations! And no worries about birth control. (<:)
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Ken - December 22, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Belt and Braces - transatlantic differences.
Replies: 8
Views: 2976

Re: Belt and Braces - transatlantic differences.

aaa I’m surprised as I danced through life never having heard the American expression belts and suspenders – it’s really a good one, which I take to mean: Making doubly sure by having a backup if one of two objects, methods, plans, ideas, etc. fail. Or, as Tony so aptly put it: to take two or more ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the ubiquitous two
Replies: 4
Views: 2012

Re: the ubiquitous two

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"Tea for three" just doesn't hack it!
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Ken - November 17, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "wrapped in cotton wool" and "pin money"
Replies: 22
Views: 10836

Re: "wrapped in cotton wool" and "pin money"

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They were wishin' for spring!
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Ken - November 17, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: double black diamond
Replies: 1
Views: 2565

double black diamond

<2016 “Pittsburgh logged Day 1 of Uber’s self-driving car experiment. A few of the ride-share service’s most loyal users are taking part in the pilot program, operating in a few square miles of the city’s downtown. During our own reporter’s test ride, a safety engineer in the driver’s seat took con...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moiety
Replies: 34
Views: 18004

Re: moiety

I noticed that the etymology of moiety was not addressed, so here it is: MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE : Etymology of moiety : Moiety is one of thousands of words that English speakers borrowed from French. The Anglo-French moitè (meaning "a half" or "part of something") comes from Late Latin medietat-, me...
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Leguminous
Replies: 3
Views: 3095

Re: Leguminous

Phil, I like your very inventive 'leguminous' -- much more colorful than just plan old 'greenish.'
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Ken Greenwald - September 1, 2016
by Ken Greenwald
Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:57 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 73
Views: 40822

Re: Good Quotes

A tag line used in a communication by a friend of mine: A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about. ~Miguel de Unamuno Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (1864 – 1936) was a Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, professor of Greek and Classics, and...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nemine contradicente
Replies: 5
Views: 5470

nemine contradicente

aaa <2016 “—that moving house was one of the most stressful of life’s experiences—even if not quite as disturbing as being the victim of an armed robbery or being elected president, nemine contradicente of an unstable South American republic.”— The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith, ...
by Ken Greenwald
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:47 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sweating like a horse / sweating like a pig
Replies: 2
Views: 4348

sweating like a horse / sweating like a pig

aaa <“He was sweating like a horse . As cold as it had been at the scene, it was equally hot in the interview room.”— The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag, page 13> I’ve always heard it as sweating like a pig . The meaning of both is the same – perspiring profusely.] A Google search produced: sweating like a ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A deep one.
Replies: 8
Views: 6586

Re: A deep one.

aaa Here is what American Atheists have to say about themselves: Atheism is not a belief system nor is it a religion. While there are some religions that are atheistic (certain sects of Buddhism, for example), that does not mean that atheism is a religion. Two commonly used retorts to the nonsense ...
by Ken Greenwald
Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: off their own bat
Replies: 4
Views: 5176

off their own bat

aaa <2013 “They all remembered unnerving cases where missing kids had turned up hidden in obscure corners of houses and flats, sometimes off their own bat .”—Cross and Burn by Val McdDermid, page 121> Some more British slang. I’ve got to stop reading so many books by Brits: CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARIES D...
by Ken Greenwald
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: grass me up
Replies: 6
Views: 4361

Re: grass me up

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Phil, British book, dictionary says British informal, never heard it, so I guess the US is impoverished with the phrase but not with variants such as 'call the police, 'inform on', 'betray,'etc.
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Ken — January 10, 2016