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by PhilHunt
Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: History of English, prefix/suffix changes
Replies: 18
Views: 12979

Re: History of English, prefix/suffix changes

Erik is quite right about modern English still using the aux form in this way. You just have to look to the great bastion of English usage Wallace and Gromit to find it. "Oh I do like a nice bit of Wenslaydale". A bigger question is, how did the use of the aux. 'do' come about at all? it's almost un...
by PhilHunt
Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Keep one's mind sound
Replies: 5
Views: 1242

Re: Keep one's mind sound

1. I want to keep my mind sound to work well. A 'sound mind' usually means 'not insane'. However, I understand what you mean from the context and I don't think you would have any difficulty in being understood if you said this. 2. I need to be in full possession of my faculties in order to work well...
by PhilHunt
Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: balkanization
Replies: 38
Views: 25949

Re: balkanization

Dante, I imagine you'll be rushing to see this film:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17052020
by PhilHunt
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Loving
Replies: 3
Views: 979

Re: Loving

Sometimes 'loving action' is what causes the disease.

I guess you're brother's wife is fighting fire with fire. ;)
by PhilHunt
Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Sherlock
Replies: 13
Views: 6735

Re: Sherlock

I haven't seen the new series yet, but anything has to better than the Guy Ritchie (or is it Ritchy??) films.
by PhilHunt
Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Odds
Replies: 6
Views: 1320

Re: Odds

My question to you Steve is, what kind of friends do you hang out with? All your post seem to reveal an ever-darker and stranger side to your character. In answer to your post, I would say: "I'll beat you with just/only my right hand." or "I can beat you with my left hand behind my back and my legs ...
by PhilHunt
Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cat's paw / pull the chestnuts out of the fire
Replies: 10
Views: 4567

Re: cat's paw

I have finished reading Cryptonomicon . It’s the kind of book you just don’t want to end. Stephenson has also written some science fiction, Before reading Cryptonomicon, I'd only heard of Stephenson as a 'cyber-punk', writing neo-science-fiction with an edge. However, I'd never read any of his olde...
by PhilHunt
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cat's paw / pull the chestnuts out of the fire
Replies: 10
Views: 4567

Re: cat's paw

So which fable does 'the cat's whiskers' refer to?

BTW: Cryptonomicon is a fantastic read. Have you finished it yet?
by PhilHunt
Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Strapped.....cash
Replies: 5
Views: 4530

Re: Strapped.....cash

I think my last hypothesis for the sense of having money. See link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68751915@N05/6281016430/ It's not the most commonly used term, but it is a correct description for bundles of money. It seems the jury is out on the 'giving credit' or 'being in debt' sense. Another poss...
by PhilHunt
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Strapped.....cash
Replies: 5
Views: 4530

Re: Strapped.....cash

Thanks Ken. The first hit in google books for XIX century comes up with: Canada. Parliament. House of Commons - 1886 - When a client who is strapped for money and needs some operating cash, comes to the Government's own bank, ... The poor client who is strapped for cash and wondering how he is going...
by PhilHunt
Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Strapped.....cash
Replies: 5
Views: 4530

Strapped.....cash

I was listening to a radio programme with Melvyn Bragg the other day when I noticed he used the word 'strapped' in a way that I was was not familiar with. While talking about the wealth of a King and Pope he asked how well 'strapped' the king was for war. At first I thought Sir Bragg was inventing a...
by PhilHunt
Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Viva Italia!
Replies: 9
Views: 2801

Re: Viva Italia!

I can say on behalf of all the Italian people I know that they feel ashamed about the terrible image of Italy this is spreading around the world; an image of incompetence, ignorance and corruption...oh and they feel pretty bad about what happened on the Concordia too.
by PhilHunt
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Be patient!
Replies: 10
Views: 2720

Re: Be patient!

It's the type of thing a doctor may say to a patient in the waiting room. A bit too formal perhaps.
by PhilHunt
Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dish
Replies: 6
Views: 3085

Re: dish

The last few quotes look like they might have come from an imported usage. Look at this example: “entrate” disse = “come in” he said Disse is a third person singular form of the verb dire (say/tell..) There is another form 'dice' which, depending on where you come from in Italy, can come out soundin...
by PhilHunt
Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Be patient!
Replies: 10
Views: 2720

Re: Be patient!

1. Just wait. [sounds a bit too abrupt. You could use it if you are impatient or annoyed with her]. 2. Just Please be patient/please bear with me. [These sound better]. 1. [There is] a long line of queuing people [,and it] is taking forever. 2. There are way too many people at the cash register. I'l...