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by haro
Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:05 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The unbearable truth
Replies: 7
Views: 2092

The unbearable truth

Well she said all she could do was bare it and grin.
by haro
Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:13 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The unbearable truth
Replies: 7
Views: 2092

The unbearable truth

Gave me a good laugh, especially because my sweetheart in Northern Michigan (!) told me she had seen a bear in her backyard two days ago.
by haro
Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:59 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Posters Inc
Replies: 16
Views: 4425

Posters Inc

Great. I love it. Must have been quite a lot of work to get all of us covered.
by haro
Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ghost in the machine
Replies: 21
Views: 7533

ghost in the machine

Tony, that sounds pretty interesting. Although I'm mainly a software buff, I also have a pretty well equipped electronic lab in my basement, including all sorts of gadgets for detecting weak electromagnetic signals, mainly used on the opposite side of the fence, so to speak, namely for optimizing sh...
by haro
Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ghost in the machine
Replies: 21
Views: 7533

ghost in the machine

The Story of the first computer bug - a moth - can be read at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/h96000/h96566kc.htm . "Ghost in the machine," graphic as it may be, is a term I've never heard being used by a computer expert in the sense of the symptoms caused by an intruder in a computer syst...
by haro
Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ghost in the machine
Replies: 21
Views: 7533

ghost in the machine

Edwin, maybe you ought to update the operating system of your toaster. "Do you really want to char your toast? [OK] [Abort] [Help]"
by haro
Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: ghost in the machine
Replies: 21
Views: 7533

ghost in the machine

Ed, 'der Geist in der Maschine' is a term that is about as fuzzy as 'the ghost in the machine.' Some use it in the context of artificial intelligence, meaning to put a mind into a machine. (By the way, is there such a thing as natural intelligence?). Others use it as if it where a translation of "de...
by haro
Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Titles and office
Replies: 8
Views: 1243

Titles and office

Jeff, things aren't quite that simple in German. For instance, you may say, as kind of a formal address, "Herr Doktor, I need another appointment," as well as "Herr Doktor Müller, may I call you later?" But saying, for instance, "I was admitted to the hospital by Herrn Doktor Müller" sounds overly f...
by haro
Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:18 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moon - the origin of the word
Replies: 5
Views: 1578

moon - the origin of the word

Tony, I didn't mean to belittle your contribution. Every bit of information can be useful. There's a lot of interesting stuff in this forum, but you may have noticed that we do not take ourselves very seriously. That's the fun part. Even after a lot of off-topic rambling, which definitely is not dis...
by haro
Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: medalled - and other 'verbs'
Replies: 32
Views: 5710

medalled - and other 'verbs'

I don't know who jokingly coined the axiom, "In English, there's no noun that cannot be verbed." The opposite is fairly true too. Just look at 'to output something' or 'to photoshop a picture.'
by haro
Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moon - the origin of the word
Replies: 5
Views: 1578

moon - the origin of the word

Renna, tony is right, but of course that word didn't just pop up in Anglo-Saxon. It can also be found in Old High German as 'mano,' in Gothic as 'mena' and in old Scandinavian languages as 'mane' and the like. Together with Latin 'mensis' for 'month' (hence 'menstruation'), Ancient Greek 'men' (mont...
by haro
Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: basketball moves
Replies: 8
Views: 2752

basketball moves

Octavio, the term 'alley oop' and the many ways how to spell it were discussed here: http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=8409&SearchTerms=alley,hoop . Although that thread doesn't say anything about who was the first to use the term in basketball, let alone who introduced the move, it m...
by haro
Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Eucher
Replies: 4
Views: 1532

Eucher

There's more at http://tourneys.grandprixtournaments.com/2006-euchre.htm and http://www.pagat.com/euchre/euchre.html . The former also covers the introduction of the joker into the card pack, including some connections to German card terminolgy. The latter made me realize that euchre is played also ...
by haro
Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Eucher
Replies: 4
Views: 1532

Eucher

Jennifer, dictionaries, including Russ' link above, arent' very helpful, but it seems Euchre is what Alsacians call 'Jucker.' Alsace, neighboring southwestern Germany just across the Rhine, belongs to France but was part of the German Empire many times. Alsacian is an Alemannic language, just like S...
by haro
Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:11 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Javel/Javelle water
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

Javel/Javelle water

Gerella is a last name, of which I do not know where it comes from, but maybe it helps further research. There is no word like 'gerella,' 'gerrela,' or the like in my Italian dictionaries; 'gerrella' is highly unlikely in Italian, and there is no 'j' in Italian words. However, there is 'gerla,' whic...