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by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Describing hair: colour VS texture
Replies: 3
Views: 2731

Re: Describing hair: colour VS texture

Whoever coined the term 'the royal order of adjectives' must have had in mind that there seem to be quite a lot of unruly subjects.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu May 29, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: containment
Replies: 5
Views: 5368

Re: containment

Yes; I think I agree with your 'containment' policy, Erik and Phil. Perhaps a pity, because Amitabha Mukerjee's name is far more droppable.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon May 26, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: containment
Replies: 5
Views: 5368

Re: containment

There are examples on the internet of the strings

'containment metaphors' (eg He's in a spot of bother; He's knee-deep in trouble)

'containment prepositions' ('in' !) [ Amitabha Mukerjee: Grounded Acquisition of Containment Prepositions].
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri May 23, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: containment
Replies: 5
Views: 5368

containment

The word 'containment' is probably most commonly encountered in the political / military domain (/s?): Wikipedia: Containment was a United States policy to prevent the spread of communism abroad. The State Health Care Cost Containment Commission. he Office of Cost Containment, generally called OCC, ...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sun May 11, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: skiffle
Replies: 19
Views: 11820

Re: skiffle

The tea chest bass could be accompanied by kettle drums and somebody on the spoons. Widely used by groups playing infusion music.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:11 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: A new word for me: presenteeism
Replies: 6
Views: 5427

Re: A new word for me: presenteeism

Thank you for the usual thorough research, ken.

It's interesting to see how the later examples you give have the pejorative senses, while the earlier ones are positive or unmarked. Are we getting more cynical?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pecking order / henpecked
Replies: 7
Views: 9706

Re: pecking order / henpecked

I think it's sad that credit wasn't given to the discoverer.

The Schjelderup-Ebbe volucrine dominance order has a cachet about it, and just trips off the tongue.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ur- (the prefix)
Replies: 5
Views: 7429

Re: ur- (the prefix)

One wonders whether the Urban Dictionary might turn out to be aptly named.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 60
Views: 42969

Re: murder of crows [animal collective nouns -- Forum Mod.]

And pigs being intelligent, they love to listen to the Classic FM Top 300, of course. Hence the alternative name, 'The Sounder Music'. On the subject of esoterik kollectives, I recently came across an argument over whether this crossword clue (hope I've spelt that right) was fair: Coaches for postpo...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: A vocab test
Replies: 6
Views: 6834

Re: A vocab test

Who decides on when a string passes the word-test? (Though I admit I shot the wrong way on some and guessed on others.)
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: telling
Replies: 5
Views: 2705

Re: telling

Coming up with unellipted original versions is often a far from exact science in my opinion (though there are those who claim near infallibility in this area). But I'd suggest: Who do you think you are, inasmuch as you are telling me what to do? You can see why the elliptical sentence, or Bob's two ...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Problems understanding film and TV dialogue
Replies: 13
Views: 8473

Re: Problems understanding film and TV dialogue

This post appears off-topic because it is Erik bemoaning the fact he can't get a film, tea and biscuits for £1.50 over there in the States.

A commendable rant, though.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Problems understanding film and TV dialogue
Replies: 13
Views: 8473

Re: Problems understanding film and TV dialogue

I'd heard the Welsh were more famous for their electric leaks.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:55 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Problems understanding film and TV dialogue
Replies: 13
Views: 8473

Re: Problems understanding film and TV dialogue

No, no. Farble Wargle Igor was the Scottish cousin of Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps. Or was it Gussie Fink-Nottle?