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by tony h
Wed May 10, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: call it a day
Replies: 3
Views: 3779

call it a day

I use it to mean "that's it I am not doing any more (work) today". ie you have finished for the day.
by tony h
Wed May 10, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: horse hands
Replies: 18
Views: 5626

horse hands

An interesting article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_weights_and_measures . It puts hands into contect with Thumbs, palms, and cubits and realtes them to the English Inch. My father used to ask "one or two fingers of whiskey?" My Grandfather I have heard use "it is short by a thumb"...
by tony h
Wed May 10, 2006 9:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: horse hands
Replies: 18
Views: 5626

horse hands

Dear Ken, have I missed something. You suggest that "a hand" was not used as a measure but your quote of 1561 "four fingers a hande" allows for the possibility. Surely we always see "hands" because horses, for which this unit of measure seems to be the only use, very rarely come in at a "hand" or le...
by tony h
Tue May 09, 2006 11:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: horse hands
Replies: 18
Views: 5626

horse hands

The doubling is also used in sign-language as a plural eg car car is cars. And as we are no longer allowed to sell things in Imperial measurements - what a failing to the eductaion of our children (and I mean that seriously) - there is now a sub-culture of measures such as a metric-pound and a metri...
by tony h
Tue May 09, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: "in the name of"
Replies: 9
Views: 4812

"in the name of"

Jil, in my view if I was to say to you "in the name of God/the king/your ancestors" I would be saying "do not answer this queation lightly as two ordinary people but answer to me as you would answer your god/king/ancestors". Hence its use at desperate times "help me for the love of God", or in repre...
by tony h
Tue May 09, 2006 11:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bloody vs sodding
Replies: 31
Views: 10408

bloody vs sodding

an observation from the weekend. if the buttered toast is then marmaleded (!?) it attracts a cat falling feet first from the tree above. Once the cats paws penetrate the thin marmalade layer and are in direct contact with the buttered toast the two items are repelled rapidly and explosively. The sho...
by tony h
Fri May 05, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bloody vs sodding
Replies: 31
Views: 10408

bloody vs sodding

Not quite sure why but I think I would use bloody idiot when describing a person after an idiotic action whereas I would use sodding idiot if it was the nature of the person that made them an idiot. For example an excellent footballer missing an easy goal would be a bloody idiot, but someone who bel...
by tony h
Fri May 05, 2006 6:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: downtown
Replies: 8
Views: 3180

downtown

now back in Blighty and the brain functioning more normally I am glad to find that it is not straightforward. A couple of addenda: 1. my paternal grandfather was a railway train driver and for him the up-line was the route that took you to London (from wherever in the country) and the down-line away...
by tony h
Wed May 03, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: downtown
Replies: 8
Views: 3180

downtown

I have spent the last couple of days in a place the airline assures me is Marina del Rey Los Angeles. It is cerainly not what I expected grey and wet. There is a wod they use overhere "downtown" which clearly seems to refer to some part of a city but it seems unclear what part. In any one city there...
by tony h
Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Off-topic addendum to OED thread
Replies: 20
Views: 12444

Off-topic addendum to OED thread

Is it me or does "A newspaper umbrella organisation" not seem right? Surely this is an organisation of manufacturers of umbrellas made of newspaper or an organisation of umbrellas for newspapers. So what phrasing makes it clear? A newspapers umbrella organisation A newspapers' umbrella organisation ...
by tony h
Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:17 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hey Prescott
Replies: 9
Views: 3388

Hey Prescott

and is presumably a play on Hey Presto the well used magicians exclamation.
by tony h
Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: team: singular vs. plural
Replies: 7
Views: 4833

team: singular vs. plural

Our team of experienced professionals: Knows and believes in Jesus with our whole heart The problem for me with the phrase is that it seems to suggest that between the team they can only muster one whole heart. I would go for : Our team of experienced professionals knows and believes in Jesus with t...
by tony h
Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:51 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Thank you WoZ and Australia
Replies: 53
Views: 16551

Thank you WoZ and Australia

The issue is best summed up in the Song by Flanders and Swan This verse comments on the non-English approach to sport: And all the world over each nation's the same They've simply no notion of playing the game They argue with umpires, they cheer when they've won And they practice before hand which s...
by tony h
Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ending Memos
Replies: 7
Views: 5478

Ending Memos

I still have the first letter from when I opened a bank account. This used the phrase "your kind and obedient servant" It is clear that for a bank to use such a phrase now would open them up to legal action. In emails and memos now I ask my team to err on the side of formality because it tends to be...
by tony h
Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ending Memos
Replies: 7
Views: 5478

Ending Memos

Erik, you are quite right to bifurcate the topic into: 1. advising a recipient of what they are to do with an email and putting that at the top 2. Khalid's original question which I suspect is how should you sign off a memo. Particularly, and I don't know whether this is the case in UAE, where the p...