Search found 765 matches

by Edwin Ashworth
Fri May 18, 2007 10:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?
Replies: 47
Views: 18839

Do we 'make' or 'take' a decision?

Interestingly, the ratio of Google Hits for "made a etc decision" : "took a etc decision" is far higher than that of "make a etc decision" : "take a etc decision".
by Edwin Ashworth
Wed May 16, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: cellar door
Replies: 12
Views: 5829

cellar door

His good friend, C S Lewis, was a fan of vintage port, but doubtless Tolkien, when he was ent-
ertaining, got the special brew out.
by Edwin Ashworth
Wed May 16, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: _You're_ the one with the accent
Replies: 8
Views: 3782

_You're_ the one with the accent

Are you sure it's not a latter-day "BBC messages for our friends in foreign parts", Erik?
Mind you, I bet Officer Crabtree would scupper the research. Or operations.
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu May 10, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Talk to the Snail, by Stephen Clarke
Replies: 4
Views: 6692

Talk to the Snail, by Stephen Clarke

Your uncle's armchair is in the pig-pen of your aunt?
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu May 10, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Welsh boyho does good in the colonies
Replies: 7
Views: 3807

Welsh boyho does good in the colonies

If they thought a bass was too common, next time you go tell them it's a vile inn.
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu May 10, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: insertion of word(s) between syllables of another
Replies: 29
Views: 10803

insertion of word(s) between syllables of another

At the risk of flaunting my vast literary background, I must state that infor-leaky-mation has come to my notice that Mr Blair is an honorary member of the Dennis the Menace fan-club. I feel there should be a public inquiry, even at the risk of offending Lord Gnasher.
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu May 10, 2007 9:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: To-morrow
Replies: 5
Views: 2271

To-morrow

Did Monty Python ever do "Wuthering Heights" in semaphore?
by Edwin Ashworth
Wed May 09, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: insertion of word(s) between syllables of another
Replies: 29
Views: 10803

insertion of word(s) between syllables of another

In the words of one great literary character, "I hate tmesis tpesis."
by Edwin Ashworth
Wed May 09, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Exchequer, as in Chancellor of
Replies: 7
Views: 3700

Exchequer, as in Chancellor of

Mr Cameron will soon become the Checker of the ex-Chancellor.
by Edwin Ashworth
Wed May 09, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: lexical studies
Replies: 12
Views: 4361

lexical studies

I've just found another barrel.
by Edwin Ashworth
Wed May 09, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Word Origins and Meanings - on the BBC
Replies: 9
Views: 5836

Word Origins and Meanings - on the BBC

Series 2 starts on BBC 2 at 10 pm on Friday 11th.
by Edwin Ashworth
Fri May 04, 2007 7:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moiety
Replies: 34
Views: 35676

moiety

It looks like one of the Lowrys that have just gone missing. The expensive one.
by Edwin Ashworth
Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to run "bald headed" at it.
Replies: 16
Views: 26811

to run "bald headed" at it.

One version of the story is that the Marquis' wig was shot off with a hair rifle; cap guns of the era were notoriously unreliable. Some imply (http://www.valeofbelvoir.co.uk/content/index.php?id=197&struid=411.htm) that the Marquis was strongly opposed to the use of gum, which fits in. He seems to h...
by Edwin Ashworth
Fri Apr 27, 2007 9:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moiety
Replies: 34
Views: 35676

moiety

Catherine and I have no truck, but we do have a moiety car. We share the driving. Sadly, often simultaneously.
by Edwin Ashworth
Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: One of those days
Replies: 9
Views: 4166

One of those days

No, and just as well - it was a leap year.