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by Tony Farg
Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: malapropisms
Replies: 20
Views: 22874

Re: malapropisms

Nope. No matter how hard I try, and despite Russs clear argument, pawn is wrong, just wrong!
by Tony Farg
Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: palm off / pawn off
Replies: 11
Views: 10549

Re: palm off / pawn off

Nope. No matter how hard I try, and despite Russs clear argument, pawn is wrong, just wrong!
by Tony Farg
Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: malapropisms
Replies: 20
Views: 22874

Re: malapropisms

I'd say:
First, yes
Second, neither...an eggcorn
by Tony Farg
Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: palm off / pawn off
Replies: 11
Views: 10549

Re: palm off / pawn off

I'd say:
First, yes
Second, neither...an eggcorn
by Tony Farg
Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fit the bill / fill the bill
Replies: 9
Views: 15961

Re: fit the bill / fill the bill

John Sargeant (21stC) reporter recently entered a televised dancing competition in which "celebrities" were paired with professional dancers. Someone cleverer than I would no doubt be able to put in a linky thing here to show you him doing it. He achieved fame almost overnight by dancing so appallin...
by Tony Farg
Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pimp [pimp up -- Forum Mod.]
Replies: 17
Views: 13055

Re: pimp [pimp up -- Forum Mod.]

When mine did it, she disguised it by calling it "primping" I now realise.
by Tony Farg
Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: order a drink
Replies: 10
Views: 3755

Re: order a drink

I think "call for a drink" is the only one of the alternatives you suggest which might be used, and then only in a limited context. Old King Cole was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he. He called for his pipe and he called for his drum and he called for his fiddlers three. He might, I supo...
by Tony Farg
Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: diminutive
Replies: 13
Views: 7839

Re: diminutive

the suffix -let does produce some delightful misapplications e.g. a little sing, a small ome, a baby gaunt etc.
by Tony Farg
Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Croaton
Replies: 7
Views: 29374

Re: Croaton

Just reading "Nation" by Terry Pratchett.
Pehaps it was a wave that destroyed the colony.
by Tony Farg
Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "turfed from office"....."
Replies: 20
Views: 15370

Re: "turfed from office"....."

Musing about it, could not the origin be something to do with the ejection of animals from their winter housing into the fields (of grass)?
by Tony Farg
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: fit the bill / fill the bill
Replies: 9
Views: 15961

Re: fit the bill / fill the bill

Particularly when watching Henry. Got to even better than John Sargeant.
by Tony Farg
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I was like
Replies: 7
Views: 3181

Re: I was like

I have heard conversations where it is definitely more than an unspoken reaction. "I was like what are you doing tomorrow and he was like I don't know so I was like What? and he was like OK shall we go down the puib and I was like only if my mate comes too....." Usually delivered in a continuous str...
by Tony Farg
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: fulsome
Replies: 18
Views: 9050

Re: fulsome

I had never heard it used except in instances like "fulsome praise" which I had regarded as meaning abundant, rather than excessive.

From now on I, too, shall avoid it!
by Tony Farg
Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Exactly the same
Replies: 8
Views: 3677

Re: Exactly the same

On a related thought, my phone does not ring when it is off the hook. What makes certain US authors use the phrase "it was ringing off the hook all day" to indicate that the phone rang a lot?
by Tony Farg
Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where is your mind these days?
Replies: 16
Views: 5612

Re: Where is your mind these days?

Just caught up with this thread. Yes, "pouring with rain " is what I'm used-to. (not just because this is Wales, famous for it) (thought it hasn't precipitated anything here for about a month and I'm getting bored with the blue skies and chilly nights) One can also accept "it's pouring rain" but thi...