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by trolley
Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 26051

person of Chinese descent

Can't help myself. Sometimes I just get a little mushy.
by trolley
Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 26051

person of Chinese descent

Are we polarized? Now you're making me blubber
by trolley
Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 26051

person of Chinese descent

No mens rea? No crime (or,at least, a much lesser one). Anyone want a tort?
by trolley
Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 26051

person of Chinese descent

Thanks for yor help, everyone. If a word or phrase is not, in and of itself,offensive it only becomes a slur when used in that way. I did not feel the urge to rush to the aid of some of my fellow countrymen when I recently read them being referred to as Eskimos by several people in a recent post. I ...
by trolley
Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 26051

person of Chinese descent

Why ask why,indeed. I can't just accept everything as it seems. Point taken on my examples,though. You are correct. Even yet, Walesman dosen't seem much of an insult either. Really, it was an honest question. I know it doesn't "seem" an appropriate term and I hadn't intended on using it. Maybe it wa...
by trolley
Thu Jan 25, 2007 3:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fold twofold threefold
Replies: 9
Views: 3486

fold twofold threefold

Too right, James. I miter known someone would point that out.
by trolley
Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fold twofold threefold
Replies: 9
Views: 3486

fold twofold threefold

Increasing something tenfold is certainly accepted as a ten times increase. Folding (doubling something over)ten times actually increases the number of layers by 1024. You really shouldn't have messed with that table!
by trolley
Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: person of Chinese descent
Replies: 105
Views: 26051

person of Chinese descent

Does anyone have any insight as to why the term "Chinaman" is considered to be,if not derogatory, certainly no longer PC? It's obvious why those small black candies that I ate in my younger days are now "licorice kids" and today's children eeny meeny miny mo by catching robbers or tigers by the toe....
by trolley
Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rear admiral
Replies: 26
Views: 8919

rear admiral

Regrettably, I lacked the foresight to avoid her.
by trolley
Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rear admiral
Replies: 26
Views: 8919

rear admiral

Many things seem good in hindsight.
by trolley
Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:55 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: holidays
Replies: 16
Views: 4986

holidays

My father always chastised me for taking holidays when I mowed the lawn. I only ever holidayed around piles of dog feces...oh,never mind.
by trolley
Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Behead......Dehead?
Replies: 10
Views: 5202

Behead......Dehead?

Your "by the body" statement just led me somewhere else. Perhaps it means being presented with one's own head.
ps please don't belittle my hair-do
Muchos Garcia
by trolley
Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: knack
Replies: 7
Views: 3390

knack

I had a British friend who always complained of being "absolutely bloody knackered". Good to know that it means tired or worn out. Where I come from, being knackered wouldn't be something you'd want to keep telling everyone about.
by trolley
Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Behead......Dehead?
Replies: 10
Views: 5202

Behead......Dehead?

Can someone please explain to me why the prefix "be" is used in the word behead. I thought "be" was used to indicate making something happen and it always seemed to me to be more of an act of giving rather than taking away(bestow,bedeck,bequest). If something is beflowered, is it not adorned with fl...
by trolley
Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: apostrophe
Replies: 21
Views: 8636

apostrophe

Thanks for your input,however,anyone who is married must surely appreciate the fact that I cannot win this arguement by reproducing these posts as evidence. Alveolar nasal? Unfortunately,my Grade School teacher,Mr. Bowen ( God rest his soul ), has been unavailable for comment for about thirty years ...