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by JANE DOErell
Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: clothes press
Replies: 11
Views: 1926

Re: clothes press

I never heard of ''clothes press'' either but a quick Google pulls it up in shopping, persons apparently are still trying to sell them. Further down the page is descriptions and definitions.
by JANE DOErell
Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?
Replies: 39
Views: 6600

Re: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?

I am genuinely, truly sorry that I started this thread. Please accept my apologies.
by JANE DOErell
Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?
Replies: 39
Views: 6600

Re: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?

" ... Notwithstanding my earlier comments, I would gladly dispense with corporate pleasantries in exchange for a gift card. ... " Netflix occasionally does send an extra disk at the time a problem is reported and on those rare occasions when their shipping facilities obviously mess up they may even ...
by JANE DOErell
Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?
Replies: 39
Views: 6600

Re: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?

Netflix is good. One reports a problem such as this online. Takes four clicks and then notification of the correction pops up within a fraction of a second.

I feel that this "we are sorry" blubbering that follows distracts from the most excellent corrective mechanism that preceded the apology.
by JANE DOErell
Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Should I really care if they are "sorry"?
Replies: 39
Views: 6600

Should I really care if they are "sorry"?

I received this message from Netflix upon return of a damaged disk. " ... Damaged Disc Report We're sorry to hear that [your disk] was unplayable. We go to great lengths to ensure the movies you get will play without any problems but occasionally .... " Does anyone really care if they are "sorry"? S...
by JANE DOErell
Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: longshoremen and stevedores
Replies: 4
Views: 1405

longshoremen and stevedores

Over at Onelook the quick definitions of longshoremen and stevedores are pretty much the same. What are the differences in the usage of these two words?
by JANE DOErell
Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word describing common fruit feature
Replies: 18
Views: 3797

Re: Word describing common fruit feature

I have been told that pumpkin growers call it the "blossom scar".
by JANE DOErell
Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word describing common fruit feature
Replies: 18
Views: 3797

Re: Word describing common fruit feature

Someone else has suggested the "scar" of the "perianth".
by JANE DOErell
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Telephone terms/evolution
Replies: 10
Views: 1086

Re: Telephone terms/evolution

Over at http://googleblog.blogspot.com down about the middle of 6/22/10 they have created an interesting graphic called A Modern History of Human Communications which might interest you.
by JANE DOErell
Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Word describing common fruit feature
Replies: 18
Views: 3797

Re: Word describing common fruit feature

I took some undergraduate horticulture classes after graduation. The best I can find is the 'vestige of the style '. One definition of style is found at http://glossary.gardenweb.com/glossary/nph-ind.cgi?scrug=16677&k=style+&b=and&r=root&s=both . About halfway down the page. "style: The usually atte...
by JANE DOErell
Wed May 26, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I've a question about the adjective "perfect"
Replies: 1
Views: 1200

I've a question about the adjective "perfect"

[I was reminded again of my question yesterday when someone commenting on the French Open described one of last years players as a "perfect storm".] When I see or hear "perfect" I think of something positive: perfect diamond, perfect specimen etc . AHD has eleven definitions for the adjective. Only ...
by JANE DOErell
Sun May 23, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: See you out
Replies: 121
Views: 12397

Re: See you out

"Let me see you out" is both proper and polite. I will maintain as long as there is blood in my heart that there is no such word as "gotta". You really should talk to the people at http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/gotta about your problem with "gotta". Rural people in the Mount...
by JANE DOErell
Fri May 07, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Play hookey
Replies: 3
Views: 1895

Re: Play hookey

The last time I heard a student refer to being truant she used the slang term "sluffing". The Urban Dictionary has an entry dated 2006 but I heard the term before that. Sluffing is probably out of date by now.
by JANE DOErell
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: "My dogs are killing me" and "Hush Puppies"
Replies: 13
Views: 10760

"My dogs are killing me" and "Hush Puppies"

The phrase "My dogs are killing me" is reported to mean one's feet hurt.

So I began to muse: did the trade name for shoes "Hush Puppies" derive in any way from "My dogs are killing me"?
by JANE DOErell
Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Looking for word, like kibitz, but for someone who takes unwanted actions
Replies: 6
Views: 987

Re: Looking for word, like kibitz, but for someone who takes unwanted actions

I rather like "quidnunc" for the neighbor who chats with the mail carrier and volunteers to hand carry my mail to me. I'm thinking maybe "marplot" for the forum moderators over at straightdope who change title lines, move threads around or close threads for what seems like whimsical reasons. Of cour...