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by JANE DOErell
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: symbol X with four dots
Replies: 4
Views: 11237

Re: symbol X with four dots

Seems the phrase 'x with four dots' shows up in math, medicine, music and others.

I cannot find an image online.
by JANE DOErell
Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 'No problem' instead of 'You're welcome!'
Replies: 61
Views: 8064

Re: 'No problem' instead of 'You're welcome!'

My memory plays tricks on me when pondering this sort of think but I seem to recall from my youth that persons in the rural Midwestern US, about midcentury, often responded "no problem" to an expression of thanks.
by JANE DOErell
Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: US gasoline costs
Replies: 4
Views: 1838

US gasoline costs

US gasoline prices are often posted for three grades of gasoline "regular" "plus" and "premium". Yesterday near the University of Norther Nevada in Reno (UNR) these prices were posted Regular $2.69, Plus "Arm" and Premium "Leg".
by JANE DOErell
Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: speechifyin'
Replies: 12
Views: 1950

Re: speechifyin'

Thanks. You made me wonder if the suffix "-ifying" usually denotes an unpleasant situation. e.g. stultifying, mortifying. I sure would like to know a history of "speechifying," though. Hugh Gilmore Go to Onelook.com and enter *ifying. 215 hits a few minutes ago. Quite a few that may be positive; cl...
by JANE DOErell
Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: 'drinking heavily'
Replies: 1
Views: 1913

'drinking heavily'

In the US we frequently read or hear the expression "drinking heavily" for consuming alcohol abusively, intemperately etc.

How, where, when did "heavily" get concatenated with "drinking" as a description of, shall we say, "drinking immoderately"?.
by JANE DOErell
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: A cluster of mothers
Replies: 3
Views: 1958

Re: A cluster of mothers

Bobinwales wrote: ... what do you say when you hit your thumb with a hammer? ...
I say "Oh, bother! For more than a half century I not hit myself on the thumb with a hammer. I must be too old for this. Where is that number for the handyman?"
by JANE DOErell
Sat May 02, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Dummy, as in 'writing poems in the "dummy" '
Replies: 10
Views: 2130

Re: Dummy, as in 'writing poems in the "dummy" '

Thanks. I'm now sure it was "dunny". http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/dunny?view=uk. I could easily misread the subtitles.
by JANE DOErell
Fri May 01, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Dummy, as in 'writing poems in the "dummy" '
Replies: 10
Views: 2130

Dummy, as in 'writing poems in the "dummy" '

In an Australian movie Picnic at Hanging Rock one of the students at a girls college was rumored to be writing poems in the 'dummy'.

What is 'dummy' in this case?
by JANE DOErell
Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How do you do? (the greeting); A fine how do you do (noun phrase)
Replies: 10
Views: 5685

Re: How do you do? (the greeting); A fine how do you do (noun phrase)

A joke I remember from grade school, perhaps; "When someone asks 'How are you?' chances are they are not inquiring about your health."
by JANE DOErell
Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Formatting of a calendar .
Replies: 15
Views: 4024

Formatting of a calendar .

There is a blog at http://blog.leanpath.com/ which has a very convenient little calendar as do several blogs. This one has the days of the week MTWTFSS rather than the US practice that I am familiar with, SMTWTFS. Does anyone here have a feel for how widespread this is? Is this an old or recent form...
by JANE DOErell
Sun Apr 05, 2009 11:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: billiards balls and snooker tables
Replies: 11
Views: 4330

Re: billiards balls and snooker tables

Thanks Wiz, after reading your 5 Apr I went back and reread you 29 Mar post and discovered that the answer I was looking for was there all along. Thanks again.
by JANE DOErell
Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: billiards balls and snooker tables
Replies: 11
Views: 4330

Re: billiards balls and snooker tables

After several bouts at on and off serching I have found a few things. One named Regis Petit has written several books on "billiards", other than that I have failed to find what other qualifications he might have. On one website he states "French billiards or "carambola" is played with three balls an...
by JANE DOErell
Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Fed up > being fed > taste
Replies: 6
Views: 2657

Re: Fed up > being fed > taste

I found a place where somebody claims that "fed up" can be traced back to falconry.

I don't know how to link it. A few minutes ago Googling for ~etymology "fed up" plask~ it would come up near the top of the hits.
by JANE DOErell
Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: billiards balls and snooker tables
Replies: 11
Views: 4330

billiards balls and snooker tables

In a 1981 movie production of Lady Chatterley's Lover there are two scenes where someone is goofing around, not playing a game, with three balls, two whites and a red as I recall. He was at a table with rounded corner pockets. In the US several decades ago we would have called the three balls billia...
by JANE DOErell
Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: elbow-grease
Replies: 3
Views: 2912

Re: elbow-grease

These were the manners, these the ways,
In good Queen Bess's golden days;
Each damsel owed her bloom and glee
To wholesale elbow-grease and me.--Smart, Fable 5.

Apparently it's been around for some time.