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by Wizard of Oz
Mon Jan 24, 2005 9:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: erythemal
Replies: 5
Views: 1716

erythemal

.. managed 7/10 without cheating which I thought was a pretty good result ..
WoZ of Aus 25/01/05
by Wizard of Oz
Thu Jan 20, 2005 6:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of truth
Replies: 3
Views: 2137

origin of truth

.. see roman .. he snuck in when both of us weren't looking .. HI KEN .. *bows* ..
WoZ of Aus 20/01/05
by Wizard of Oz
Thu Jan 20, 2005 6:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: origin of truth
Replies: 3
Views: 2137

origin of truth

.. sorry roman .. all the heavy wizards are over at another thread getting their rocks off over General Semantics or somesuch .. so you will just have to do with a Downunder journeyman wizard .. first up you WILL have to learn to use OneLook Dictionary (http://www.onelook.com) in order to save every...
by Wizard of Oz
Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 9083

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

"I do have another explanation, and If I thought you meant that you were not just rhetorically interested in an example of "what I would do differently", I would offer it."
.. go on Louis you tease tell your old mate WoZ ..
by Wizard of Oz
Sat Jan 15, 2005 6:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Australian English
Replies: 16
Views: 7137

Australian English

.. ok Bozo and I also know where your bucaneers are too .. nice one mate .. and Jasmine the "cultural image" that is projected by advertisements or characters like the Croc Man are there to suck-in the overseas punters .. who for christs sake really drinks Fosters beer ?? .. a lot of poms do thanks ...
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Australian English
Replies: 16
Views: 7137

Australian English

Jasmin .. no-one here is suggesting that the way one speaks and the unique accent that makes me an "Aussie" somehow suggests that I lack intelligence .. the corollary of that is that if one speaks some wonderous kind of forced Received Pronunciation then one is naturally gifted and talented .. ooooo...
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2933

deswaddle

Louis it is interesting that you are looking for a new word to describe the process of when a word moves from printed form into general usage .. Ken and I most often debate the reverse situation in that I believe that the first instance of when a word is recorded in print does NOT substantiate when ...
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2933

deswaddle

Dale .. "pedal TV" was made-up on the spot by me as a rejoinder to have a shot at Louis when he suggested that >> I have the notion that you guys down under don't have Merc style ads yet on TV. I think the Brits get cable american TV, ...." .. the implication being that our TV programs were old fash...
by Wizard of Oz
Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up for it
Replies: 18
Views: 3151

up for it

.. sorry Dale .. there is little, if any, connection between the two phrases "up for it" and "up for" .. you can't simply remove one word from an idiom and then suggest that what is left somehow is the same as the original .. now I am sure that someone will jump on here and give some example that de...
by Wizard of Oz
Tue Jan 11, 2005 3:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 2432

nuance

Dale this is my spin on the examples you have given .. of course others may find more subtle nuances of meaning change in the examples you quote >> 1. >> Opinion Journal on John Kerry - no change in meaning - "his approach is nuanced and thorough" which is suggesting that his approach has an underst...
by Wizard of Oz
Tue Jan 11, 2005 2:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gorgeous
Replies: 2
Views: 2167

gorgeous

Anne first up I suggest you learn to use OneLook Dictionary at http://www.onelook.com as it will make YOU the instant expert .. provided you are patient and are prepared to read .. anyways >> Webster's 1828 Dictionary, Electronic Version GOR'GEOUS, a. Showy; fine; splendid; glittering with gay color...
by Wizard of Oz
Tue Jan 11, 2005 1:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 2432

nuance

Dale if you take the full quote >>> She, like increasing numbers of thoughtful supporters of abortion rights, finds the way some pro-choice people talk about abortion -- entirely in a defiant and even celebratory language of rights -- to be insufficiently nuanced. .. then I think it has been used in...
by Wizard of Oz
Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:57 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: making arbitrary rules
Replies: 11
Views: 2072

making arbitrary rules

Julie I reckon this lady (lady? .. *smile*) comes on big time as if she owns the joint .. laying down the law like she is the man .. just tell her to zip the lip and crawl back into her kennel .. nicely of course ..
WoZ of Aus 11/01/05
by Wizard of Oz
Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: deswaddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2933

deswaddle

.. Louis we do have pedal TV Downunder and sometimes when the satellite is just right we can pick-up some american cable .. adding much to the dumbing down of our young people .. *grin* .. but mate I am not sure what you mean by a "Merc style ad" .. we get saturated on pay TV with Americanisms so ma...
by Wizard of Oz
Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:29 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 2432

nuance

Dale if you could give several examples of the new usage then maybe it would be possible to comment ..
WoZ of Aus 10/01/05