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by hotshoe
Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: dassent, dassn't
Replies: 10
Views: 18063

My vote is for dast. Dastn't. Dinosaurs walked the earth the last time I saw the word, and I always understood it to be an archaic contraction of darest, as in "Darest thou speak thus to thy betters?"
by hotshoe
Sat May 27, 2006 11:02 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: CYNIC & AN ANTONYM
Replies: 2
Views: 2089

OPTIMIST
by hotshoe
Sun May 21, 2006 1:32 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: wellness
Replies: 3
Views: 2658

H'm. Alllllrightythen!
by hotshoe
Fri May 19, 2006 6:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Blackguard
Replies: 7
Views: 4172

I like it. A reprobate. A nogoodnik. Ne'er-do-well. Degenerate (n).
by hotshoe
Fri May 19, 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: wellness
Replies: 3
Views: 2658

wellness

Used ad nauseum - hereabouts, at least - and health merchants alike. Does it exist as an actual word? Get'cher wellness here? I think bloody not, and it is my hope that such a corruption does not worm its way further into my language.
by hotshoe
Fri May 19, 2006 4:24 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "Nuclear"
Replies: 28
Views: 38810

Oh, I like this place.
by hotshoe
Thu May 11, 2006 9:51 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "Nuclear"
Replies: 28
Views: 38810

I watched my father eat tongue, along with certain other unspeakable bits. I, myself, have been hungry, but have never actually starved. So I, too, shall pass. Thank-you ever so much. As to the nuclear/nukular debate, I can say only that it must be embarrassing to have elected an unrepentant buffoon...
by hotshoe
Sat May 06, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: Looking for a word - please
Replies: 10
Views: 25991

On a tangent . .

On a tangent, old English currency consisted of Pounds, shillings and pence - pennies to you Philistines -, the symbols for which were L, s and d. The "d" came from the Latin "denarius", for "penny", but the origin of the "L", which cannot be properly produced...
by hotshoe
Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:00 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Definition of "stump"
Replies: 5
Views: 21418

Stump?

I have a theory: these days hay is dried while laying flat where it is cut before being baled, but in days past it was bundled and dried in the field in standing bundles, which looked a little like the stumps of felled trees - which themselves were cut higher up the trunk than they are today. What s...
by hotshoe
Sat Apr 22, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Group genitive (not sure of the name)
Replies: 16
Views: 28327

I was lost directly after Tim's post. And I think certain of those apostrophe placements are suspect. I could be mistaken . .
by hotshoe
Sat Apr 22, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: some more words to consider for the test
Replies: 36
Views: 56457

Dinner might be earlier than supper in these parts - western Canada -, I think. Depends on when the meal is served. Somewhere around 6pm is the dividing line. Vague, I know, but there's my $0.02!
by hotshoe
Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: emerging words especially bobtails
Replies: 4
Views: 12774

An unrelated note on one definition of "bobtail": In American truckerspeak, a truck-tractor travelling without its semitrailer is said to be bobtailing. It is called a bobtail tractor.
by hotshoe
Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:13 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: 'Moot'
Replies: 2
Views: 1705

#1 is more correct, Marty
by hotshoe
Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:03 pm
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: The Adventure of English
Replies: 8
Views: 20154

it could be argued that the Anglo-Saxons had 'higher' culture than any of those medieval invaders, but, in fact, they nearly fell to Viking/Danish invasion and they really did fall to Norman invasion. Whatever their culture, they lacked military strength. H'm. I disagree with both statements, I thi...
by hotshoe
Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:40 pm
Forum: WELCOME HOME!
Topic: FNG speaks
Replies: 4
Views: 13384

FNG speaks

Arf! Arf! Howdy, Yawl. I am a Canadian, born elsewhere of Polish expatriate parents. I am very pleased to have stumbled upon this site. I have been a traveller for most of my life, and have been fascinated by the English language and its dialects since I began learning them. This promises to be a fu...

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