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by brogine
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?

Thanks. I understand how you read it that way, but the OED offers this sole definition:

Of, representing, or composed of members of, two (political or other) parties.
by brogine
Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?

Heard multiple times recently on NPR (!):
‘ . . . a group of bipartisan legislators . . . .’

I mean, I admit to a certain fussiness, but it’s not exactly the difference between ‘on/in behalf of’.
by brogine
Fri May 14, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: But Isn’t Any More?
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: But Isn’t Any More?

I’ve probably inveighed tediously on this before, but I get a kick out of “ . . . but both sides are still far apart on key issues . . . .” Gee, methinks, that’s a shame. I thought only one side was far apart. And this, from the San Francisco Chronicle many years ago (I have the clipping somewhere):...
by brogine
Fri May 14, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: But Isn’t Any More?
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: But Isn’t Any More?

Well done! And thanks! But I’ve seen this several times in reference to a living person.
by brogine
Thu May 13, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: But Isn’t Any More?
Replies: 4
Views: 439

But Isn’t Any More?

How can anyone with even a rudimentary education write
‘. . . was a former . . . .’?
by brogine
Sun May 02, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Ironic Misapprehension
Replies: 1
Views: 513

Ironic Misapprehension

I don’t think I ever posted this.
Years ago, I transcribed the following from a BBC news program on NPR:

“ . . . was expelled for ‘activities incompatible with diplomatic status,’ often shorthand for ‘spying.’
by brogine
Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Blessed Event
Replies: 3
Views: 894

Re: Blessed Event

Ooh, ooh!
Just read - can’t confirm - that someone had seen
“PPE equipment”.
by brogine
Sat Mar 13, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Nifty Linguistic Puzzler from “Car Talk”
Replies: 3
Views: 947

Re: Nifty Linguistic Puzzler from “Car Talk”

Suffer no longer.


Accounts vary on which brother commented that . . .

“It’s pretty good, but the spaces between
‘Klick’ and ‘and’ and ‘and’ and ‘Klack’
are not the same.”

I hope that does not disappoint.
by brogine
Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Nifty Linguistic Puzzler from “Car Talk”
Replies: 3
Views: 947

Nifty Linguistic Puzzler from “Car Talk”

The lads commission a new sign for the garage:

Klick and Klack’s Auto Repair.

Reviewing the work before mounting it, one of them objects to a small imperfection with a grammatically correct remark containing the same word five times consecutively. (Holy moly!)

And the remark was . . . ?
by brogine
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Catachresis
Replies: 4
Views: 2134

Re: Catachresis

Ironic example just now heard on NPR: “ . . . they expressed their reticence . . . .”

“Hey, Moe!” - Jerome Lester Horwitz
by brogine
Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Fractured Syntax - Platinum Edition
Replies: 2
Views: 23225

Re: Fractured Syntax - Platinum Edition

Yeah, I guess meaning is generally clear in these cases. Who’d think “I could care less” means precisely that. Most people aren’t as conscious of language per se as you and I might be. You hear quite intelligent and well-educated people on NPR and PBS make errors, sometimes even in composed text, as...
by brogine
Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Blessed Event
Replies: 3
Views: 894

Re: Blessed Event

Interesting that ‘Grand Old Party’ was first used only about twenty years after the party’s formation. And ‘GOP’ appears about ten years after that.
by brogine
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: comme ci, comme ça
Replies: 0
Views: 661

comme ci, comme ça

I’ve been remembering what must be the perfect appositive epigram. I heard it years ago on Groucho Marx’s TV show You Bet Your Life . It could be German or Yiddish - I believe it would be the same in the two. A woman was responding to Groucho’s inquiry about how things were going. Unter dem Pferd od...
by brogine
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Ever Heard This?
Replies: 2
Views: 1422

Re: Ever Heard This?

Thanks, bnj. No, I wrote it as it was. And I’m certain there was nothing negative in the intent. Apropos of nothing at all . . . but I just ran across a line I copied from a novel. I think you’ll appreciate this: “ . . . and that if I wasn’t careful, I was courting disaster - or at least asking it o...
by brogine
Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Ever Heard This?
Replies: 2
Views: 1422

Ever Heard This?

Among my mother’s circle in Brooklyn - back in the fifties and sixties - one would say ‘Mention by you’ in response to some kind of congratulations, meaning, I think, ‘May you be similarly blessed’.
Ever heard anything like this?

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