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by tony h
Sun Apr 23, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Posters Inc
Replies: 16
Views: 7383

Posters Inc

I deplore the use of lightbulbs as an American invention and part of their great plan to cover the world in artificial light.

:)
by tony h
Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: public convenience
Replies: 75
Views: 24162

public convenience

In Sunderland we have Netty, my old uncle used to call them Jakes. And is there any connection between the half moon on the privy door and the act of mooning?
by tony h
Thu Apr 20, 2006 10:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 14713

open access to OED one week only

Erik, I am being rather more conciliatory today. Your point seems to be that if Germany was the market the OED’s website was aiming at the site would be in German - albeit selling an English Dictionary. The fact that the OED’s principal market is the USA it should be in US English. The point I am st...
by tony h
Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 14713

open access to OED one week only

Shelley, of course the E prefix is not new it is just used differently. It used to be e-lad or e-by-gum which was used as audible thinking time by dour Yorkshiremen. I used to ask my grandfather a question like "what sort of cheese is the moon made out of?" He would answer "e-lad, that would be your...
by tony h
Wed Apr 19, 2006 8:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 14713

open access to OED one week only

With no response from the OED I decided to write to the Telegraph. So we may see a continuation there. I may even buy a copy tomorrow. By the way I noticed that the OED screen header claims "The Oxford English Dictionary : the definitive record of the English language". It does not specifically clai...
by tony h
Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: milliards and billions
Replies: 6
Views: 3970

milliards and billions

Ken, thank you for pointing out the earlier article. I had always assumed it was hust the American way of wanting bigger numbers. There buildings are always taller - not because they are just because they miss out the ground floor, and the thirteenth and any others that they feel like. With their lo...
by tony h
Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Occam's razor
Replies: 17
Views: 5602

Occam's razor

Philosophy in those days was a cut-throat business, it fell out of favour in the more hirsuit times coming back into fashon in the C20 with the safety version, now the new internet version is called Ockham's Electric Razor - which runs on different voltages on each side of the Atlantic.
by tony h
Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Safe Harbor or Safe Harbour tagline
Replies: 4
Views: 3222

Safe Harbor or Safe Harbour tagline

I presume if you do take a name from the WordWizard site the copyright will belong to the contributor and as there is clear evidence of you having solicited for expert opinion that royalties or fees will be paid

:)
by tony h
Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: milliards and billions
Replies: 6
Views: 3970

milliards and billions

How did and when did the Americans lose three naughts from a billion and do they know what a milliard is?

I must admit I use milliard regularly just to confuse my US counterparts.

regards
by tony h
Tue Apr 18, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Occam's razor
Replies: 17
Views: 5602

Occam's razor

It is a logical tool created by William of Ockham, Occam is a variant spelling. The razor I have always thought was simply symbolic of cutting away the more complex theories until you find the simplest.
Ockham is a town just south west of London, England

regards
by tony h
Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 14713

open access to OED one week only

Maybe we should further this international debate at a Wordwizard convention complete with Boxing ring.
by tony h
Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Appearances can be ...
Replies: 14
Views: 6052

Appearances can be ...

Smubbel, You make the complimentary point "If this is not professional rewriting then I don't know what is?" The answer is a professional rewrite should really be accompanied by a bill. Russ is clearly expert, proficient and competent. regards. ok I decided to check the dictionary; under the third d...
by tony h
Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 14713

open access to OED one week only

If the OED is not consistent with its own definitions what authority can it have?

WoZ, saying the American elections are not determined by Googling is like saying the Easter Bunny does not exist? Belief can be truth.

Saddened but better informed :)

regards
by tony h
Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 14713

open access to OED one week only

Eric,
I my interpretation of Bob's comment was that "Licence" can be used as a verb or noun whereas "license" is only a verb according to that great authority the OED.

It seems only reasonable that the OED should practice the English that it itself purveys.

regards
by tony h
Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: open access to OED one week only
Replies: 41
Views: 14713

open access to OED one week only

Bob, I have reported your comment to the OED. Maybe the next version will include license as a noun quoting the OED website as the first recorded usage.

lie senseless

Anthony