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by JANE DOErell
Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: legats
Replies: 1
Views: 896

legats

This word, "legats", was used to describe FBI offices (or FBI persons or FBI [something]) but I do not find it in m-w.com. Any thoughts? Comments?
by JANE DOErell
Fri Jun 03, 2005 1:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'In back of' vs.' behind'
Replies: 13
Views: 4089

'In back of' vs.' behind'

Reading Kagraffy above I had this question, could it be that we qualify "behind" when used spatially because we also use "behind" in expressions of support e.g. "I am behind you on the appropriations issues."?
by JANE DOErell
Tue May 31, 2005 1:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: THE
Replies: 26
Views: 4959

THE

Upon retirement I took a part time job sorting books to be reshelved in a library. I often thought what a bother "The..." was and wondered if it were necessary. Apparently the [there we go again] people who wrote in Latin didn't need it. I'm glad I visited this post.
by JANE DOErell
Sun May 29, 2005 10:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: amend or emend
Replies: 9
Views: 3752

amend or emend

I first learned emend today. M-w.com has them rather similar e.g. one definiton of amend is to make an emendation. Since I have lived all these decades without emend I am just curious. Do you have any rule of thumb as to when to use which word?
by JANE DOErell
Tue May 24, 2005 1:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: up-or-down vote
Replies: 5
Views: 3897

up-or-down vote

And as if to add a tedious twist to the annoyance, this mornings Washington Post referred to 'up-and-down' vote. I also found 'up-or-down' especially annoying for some reason. US politicians repeat phrases such as this until we want to scream. Often the phrases annoy me seem to have three beats. Exa...
by JANE DOErell
Thu May 12, 2005 5:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How do you pronounce 'Confirm'?
Replies: 6
Views: 4317

How do you pronounce 'Confirm'?

M-W.com, and perhaps others, have a feature where you can hear their pronunciation(s) if your computer has speakers. With m-w there is a tiny speaker icon by the word. You can click on this and hear the pronunciation. You may have to hold down the control and click on the icon. BTW, the m-w link to ...
by JANE DOErell
Mon May 09, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 2823

Seeking a word

JANE DOErell wrote: I should think perhaps "parlementarian" "parliamentarian" might be a word for the needs described in the OP. (It does not appear in a search here. Nor is it in some other popular online sources but it does get a brief definiton at m-w.com.)
by JANE DOErell
Sun May 08, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Seeking a word
Replies: 15
Views: 2823

Seeking a word

I should think perhaps "parlementarian" might be a word for the needs described in the OP. (It does not appear in a search here. Nor is it in some other popular online sources but it does get a brief definiton at m-w.com.)
by JANE DOErell
Mon May 02, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dicker
Replies: 8
Views: 2229

dicker

Just went Googling for - bicker OR haggle AND price - and got quite a few hits. Perhaps half dozen of the first 100 hits look like this "However, it is considered bad form to bicker or haggle over the price of a tool." from a site on buying tools. Another site for women on buying cars says "..you si...
by JANE DOErell
Mon May 02, 2005 6:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cheeping vs chirping
Replies: 6
Views: 1784

cheeping vs chirping

Washingtonpost.com science section wrote of small birds in the nest "cheeping". I would have wrote "chirping". Looked up cheeping and was referred to "peeping" which sounds more familiar than cheeping. I am most interested in when to use cheeping vs chirping.
by JANE DOErell
Wed Apr 27, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: dicker
Replies: 8
Views: 2229

dicker

Moving around the Western US I think that I hear both "bicker" and "dicker" being used to mean haggle with bicker perhaps being the more common. We Snowbirds hit a lot of yard sales and flea markets where there is some haggling if we are lucky.
by JANE DOErell
Sun Apr 17, 2005 6:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: '-gate'
Replies: 6
Views: 1176

'-gate'

I asked a professional (Language Professor of some sort.) and he said the "-gate" spread to other scandals very quickly, just a few months, after Watergate.