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by haro
Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:52 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nautical glossary
Replies: 26
Views: 3815

nautical glossary

Dave, I still can't quite see the logic. Simply put, the tack and the luff of a fore-and-aft sail are just about the only parts of the rig that are NOT involved in tacking or setting sails at particular angles. Pretty much everything else - yards, booms, gaffs, sheets, braces, preventers, bowlines (...
by haro
Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: loudspeaker
Replies: 13
Views: 1770

loudspeaker

As for Bell - the matter is not that simple. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4434963,00.html What's more, Ernst Siemens, Germany, patented his moving-coil loudspeaker in 1874, two years before Bell applied for a patent for the invention Meucci had called teletrofono. Which still...
by haro
Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nautical glossary
Replies: 26
Views: 3815

nautical glossary

Shelley, you are pretty close to it. A fore-and-aft sail pivots at the luff, i.e. the edge that's fastened to the mast or a stay. The tack is the corner of the sail at the lower end of the luff. Square sails don't have tacks since both lower corners can be moved and adjusted by sheets, braces and, d...
by haro
Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nautical glossary
Replies: 26
Views: 3815

nautical glossary

Ken, Shelley, your pedigrees of the word 'tack' sound reasonable as long as you don't have to sail a real vessel. The tack belongs to the part of a sail that is attached to the mast or stay. The tack tackle keeps it as close as possible to the mast or stay. So far it all makes sense. However, the ta...
by haro
Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Not a sausage
Replies: 13
Views: 1578

Not a sausage

In German, "Das ist mir wurst" (sometimes jestingly spelled 'wurscht') means, "I could (not) care less" or "it doesn't mean anything to me." As some of you may have guessed, the literal translation is, "It's sausage to me." Also in German, as in English, there is no obvious reason for referring to a...
by haro
Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nautical glossary
Replies: 26
Views: 3815

nautical glossary

Please note that the words 'tack' and 'tackle' do not seem to be related to each other, a least not if gdwdwrkr's etymology of the former truly holds water. The etymology of 'tackle' seems to be much more complex that the one of 'tack,' and much of it seems to be pretty obscure. The term crossed the...
by haro
Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: querulant
Replies: 9
Views: 1991

querulant

The German spelling is closer to the Latin origin, which is the verb 'querulari,' hence 'querulans' = complaining. So 'querulans' is the present psrticiple while 'querulus' is the adjective. 'Querella' means a complaint, and it is the origin of the English word 'quarrel' in the sense of an altercati...
by haro
Fri Jun 02, 2006 11:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Persiflagistic?
Replies: 11
Views: 1654

Persiflagistic?

Erik, is the noun 'persiflagrance' or 'persiflagrancy'?

By the way, `persiflagellant' could be used as a noun too. And let's not forget 'persiflagrante,' to be used as an adjective or adverb when someone is caught in the act of persiflage.
by haro
Thu May 18, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: OCR
Replies: 23
Views: 4787

OCR

Ed, that mysterious disappearance of XP-based machines, although a bit off topic, is something I have encountered several times, and, just like you, of course I was the only one to experience it. Only the taxidermist excuse is new to me. But don't despair. The new Windows, coming - er - in early 200...
by haro
Wed May 17, 2006 11:53 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: philosophy
Replies: 22
Views: 3786

philosophy

Ed, to tell you the truth, while mentioning the elephants I thought both of the Hindu myth and Terry Pratchett. My lil' bro is a Pratchett addict.
by haro
Fri May 12, 2006 7:58 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Is this true
Replies: 8
Views: 2283

Is this true

hypa girl, are you sure you're in the right play pen?
by haro
Thu May 11, 2006 9:08 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: philosophy
Replies: 22
Views: 3786

philosophy

The great philosopher forgot to mention the four elephants between the turtle and the earth. That's why US neocons believe they are the pillars of the world - the earth being a disc, of course.
by haro
Wed May 10, 2006 1:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bloody vs sodding
Replies: 31
Views: 4664

bloody vs sodding

Tony, I know that 'foobar' version too. Moreover, 'foo' and 'bar' are often jestingly used as test variables in computer programming. Which brings us back to Ken's remark on variable constants, not to be confused with constant variables. As for your marmalade experiment - your fault. Granted, Ken's ...
by haro
Mon May 08, 2006 10:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bloody vs sodding
Replies: 31
Views: 4664

bloody vs sodding

At the quantum lab they use Planck's Constant. At the beauty parlor they use Max Factor.
by haro
Mon May 08, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bloody vs sodding
Replies: 31
Views: 4664

bloody vs sodding

By the way, Ken, do you know the difference between a quantum physics lab and a beauty parlor?