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by Edwin Ashworth
Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: one fell swoop
Replies: 3
Views: 3284

one fell swoop

The term "fell" has been revived in its earlier context, of course, with the screening of Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings". I think it is Legolas who contributes, "There is a fell voice on the wind!" But the more memorable uses refer to the Nazgul's steed-upgrades. When I read the book/s many years ago...
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Item 2
Replies: 22
Views: 10646

Item 2

Define "Your terms"
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu Feb 10, 2005 3:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: one-handed literature
Replies: 7
Views: 4091

one-handed literature

If so, bibliophiles would be Nexus Rangers.
by Edwin Ashworth
Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: one-handed literature
Replies: 7
Views: 4091

one-handed literature

But only one glove? I think people would be better off confining themselves to second-hand bookshops.
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: patteran / patrin
Replies: 4
Views: 3167

patteran / patrin

Patrins also have an important role in one of Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" series.
by Edwin Ashworth
Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cf.
Replies: 2
Views: 2809

cf.

cf qv
by Edwin Ashworth
Mon Jan 17, 2005 11:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 5903

nuance

And his hearers black as thunder.
by Edwin Ashworth
Mon Jan 17, 2005 11:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics
Replies: 38
Views: 19468

Full-blown 'idiomacy' and General Semantics

My son is doing a Statistics module in his Business course at University, and he's discovered that estimating can be far quicker than counting all those beans...which leaves him more time for inventing confusing new idioms. Though when I suggest he would be better employed in vesting in more lucrati...
by Edwin Ashworth
Fri Jan 14, 2005 10:06 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 18400

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

Thanks, Phil - and Louis for the clarification of terms. I'm dreading computers becoming self-aware and skewing English even more according to their own agenda (/s) - perhaps it's started with Microsoft and US Robotz - but even that scenario might be better than reality becoming conformed to reality...
by Edwin Ashworth
Fri Jan 14, 2005 12:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 18400

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

I cannot agree with deconstructing a Pentagon; the pen will prove mightier than the sword.
How do the dictionaries and grammars that are based on corpuses (such as the Collins "Cobuild" series) rate as regards topicality, Phil?
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu Jan 13, 2005 11:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: nuance
Replies: 11
Views: 5903

nuance

One man's nuance is another man's clouding of the issue.
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu Jan 13, 2005 11:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Meanwhile, on another part of the island...
Replies: 8
Views: 4941

Meanwhile, on another part of the island...

John Ford may possibly have considered the phrase as part of his Stagecoach direction.
by Edwin Ashworth
Thu Jan 13, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: making arbitrary rules
Replies: 11
Views: 5812

making arbitrary rules

"She thinks she's Lady Muck" was a common British expression about thirty years ago, Julie. Perhaps "liberate" would fit your original expression more appropriately.
by Edwin Ashworth
Sun Jan 09, 2005 8:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 18400

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

A word means precisely what New Labour intends it to mean. But of course the Government cannot be held responsible for what it meant under the previous administration.
by Edwin Ashworth
Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: succotash
Replies: 7
Views: 5423

succotash

Or Algonquins of Rhode Island.