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by JANE DOErell
Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ABBA
Replies: 6
Views: 1534

ABBA

"Abba" appears it might be slang for a musical or entertainment style. What does it really mean? Is it politically correct? Insulting? Completely obscene? Other?
by JANE DOErell
Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: double cross
Replies: 17
Views: 10654

Re: double-cross: query about origin

hsargent wrote: .... Similar to double agents. ....
I recall reading, speculation perhaps, that "double cross" derived from some espionage activities somewhere, somehow, sometime. Presently I'm somewhat at a loss as to how to find those yarns. Perhaps it will come to me and I can post more information.
by JANE DOErell
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Funny Place Names
Replies: 26
Views: 6753

Re: Funny Place Names

Several places in the US have names of streets like Staya Way and Getta Way, Keepa Way and Outatha Way. They start out as private names in unincorporated developments. I don't know if the city governments can change them when they incorporate the areas.
by JANE DOErell
Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "turfed from office"....."
Replies: 20
Views: 5679

"turfed from office"....."

Washingtonpost.com says "The [Australian] newspaper noted, however, that since Howard was "turfed from office"....." A dictionary says "[turfed] MAINLY UK INFORMAL to force someone to leave a place or an organization". This was fairly obvious in the posts article. Howard was described as a "former h...
by JANE DOErell
Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cunt-struck
Replies: 9
Views: 3323

Re: cunt-struck

I've remember having heard it but cannot remember where. I'm guessing it was used as a feminists put-down of some men in Phoenix in the '60s-70s but this is wild speculation. I knew men there who were cunt-struck and women who would have pointed this out to anyone who would listen.
by JANE DOErell
Sun Dec 21, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Merriam-Webster.com a trivial question
Replies: 0
Views: 1926

Merriam-Webster.com a trivial question

When did M-W.org and M-W.com become Merriam-Webster.com?
by JANE DOErell
Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: luke warm [lukewarm / luke-warm -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 7
Views: 3680

Re: Luke Warm

Over at phrases.org, which is a site that doesn't excite me very much, it says "' "Luke" was a Middle English word, now obsolete, meaning "warm,"
by JANE DOErell
Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is the word for a person who takes a job for a token payment?
Replies: 12
Views: 3595

Re: What is the word for a person who takes a job for a token payment?

.... I do think there is a specific word for an unpaid public servant. .... This is the way I remember it, and attempting to recall it was the occasion for my OP. My memory, for what it's worth, is of a word for the person, not for the task or how they were doing it, and is either a Latin word pass...
by JANE DOErell
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: US election terms
Replies: 29
Views: 5817

Re: US election terms

"Battleground state", "swing state" and "purple state" are all terms for the same thing, namely a US state whose election outcome cannot be taken for granted by either side. I would say that unless your are in the business of talking about politics Erik's statement covers it. I think that probably ...
by JANE DOErell
Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is the word for a person who takes a job for a token payment?
Replies: 12
Views: 3595

What is the word for a person who takes a job for a token payment?

Example, a retired millionaire takes a government consultant position, worthy of a high salary, for one dollar per year and, presumably, bragging rights.

I have it in my head there was a Latin word, or a word from Latin, for this.
by JANE DOErell
Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Bottle deposits
Replies: 9
Views: 3308

Re: Bottle deposits

Shelley wrote: This is a yes or no ... Does anyone know: ........ is it illegal....
Probably no one knows - unless there has been a court challenge and it has worked it's way through the courts no one, literally no one, knows.
by JANE DOErell
Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: pay phone history
Replies: 22
Views: 814371

Re: pay phone history

I was watching a 1954 French movie on DVD last evening. The person wanting to use the phone bought a "token" at the bar and used that to make his call. Based on some of the finer cars in the DVD I would guess the setting of the story in the DVD was probably 1950s.
by JANE DOErell
Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: drop a dime
Replies: 20
Views: 6370

Re: dropping dimes on

(Old New York Times says pay phone rates in New York went from a dime to a quarter in 1984. The article did not say how long rates were at a dime in NYC but it does say rates in Connecticut went from a dime to a quarter after 39 years in 1992.) The on part of the discussion seem curious to me as we...
by JANE DOErell
Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: New York minute
Replies: 14
Views: 5123

Re: New York minute

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-new1.htm is Quinion's discussion. I have have heard the phrase often on TV. Quinion's discussion comes close to my feel for what the expression means.
by JANE DOErell
Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pork chop and beef steak
Replies: 15
Views: 5278

Re: pork chop and beef steak

The old man on who's behalf I inquired was satisfied with Ken's quote "....Right from the start chop seems usually to have been applied to cuts containing a bone and chopped...." and Phil's notion that "...."stake", ... going back to the idea of a pointed stick (in our case, the "spit" used to roast...