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by scw1217
Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:30 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: LOLLYGAG
Replies: 23
Views: 15933

Back to lollygag, though, the 'lally' pronunciation sounds distinctly northern-US to me. Native Southern drawl would probably render the term lullygaggin' , I think. I'm Florida born and raised. I, in fact, have lived in this same county all my life, and I've only ever heard "lallygag", definitely ...
by scw1217
Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:26 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: sleigh
Replies: 19
Views: 13180

Re: sleigh

A sled usually a small toy for sliding down hills though a bobsled can accommodate 4 or more people.
Ouch! The proofreader in me (I have been paid to proofread for 10 years now.) wants a verb in this sentence. :lol:
by scw1217
Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: LOLLYGAG
Replies: 23
Views: 15933

I have always heard it pronounced "lallygag". Would that be a southern slang version, or just plain old incorrect?
by scw1217
Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:45 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Flat-footed
Replies: 14
Views: 7454

I think that you have given us the evolution with your own first posting. If flat-footed means standing firm , then by extension it also means immovable . If one is immovable, then one has too much standing inertia to effectively meet a new situation as it arises. In other words, immovable is the o...
by scw1217
Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Flat-footed
Replies: 14
Views: 7454

Interesting conversation. I had never heard "shop" used to mean "sell". However, I have heard "flat-footed" used with both definitions. My mother's pastor always says, "We'll stand here flat-footed." She is how this whole thing got started. (Always blame it on your mom!) When looking it up today for...
by scw1217
Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:11 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Flat-footed
Replies: 14
Views: 7454

Flat-footed

I am interested in why this word has what appears to be two opposing meanings - 1. to stand firm 2. to be unprepared - and why it would have evolved this way. From Dictionary.com flat-foot·ed (fltftd) adj. Of or afflicted with flatfoot. Steady on the feet. Informal. Without reservation; forthright: ...
by scw1217
Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:15 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PANHANDLE
Replies: 3
Views: 3032

So did the noun of meaning #2 come from the same origin?
by scw1217
Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: HEBETUDE
Replies: 8
Views: 5573

I have had this problem more than once. Math does it to me. On a 2nd note, the word that it brought to mind, and probably not related, is heebie-jeebies.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search? ... ie-jeebies
by scw1217
Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: CAKEWALK
Replies: 4
Views: 5472

Interestingly enough, I found two other references to this definition. One at Wikipedia.com And another at Streetswing.com . It is interesting to read the entire article to see how the dance evoloved, but the portion pertaining to its history states: The Chalk Line Walk as it was originally known in...
by scw1217
Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: APHORISM
Replies: 6
Views: 5257

This word reminds me of a certain preacher who is fond of speaking these. We have termed them "Norvelisms" by his first name. Every now and again, someone of us will hear a new one spoken somewhere and save it mentally to repeat it back to the others later. They are often to the effect of "If I am a...
by scw1217
Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:41 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Ethnology
Replies: 7
Views: 12879

I am forever amazed by the origin of certain words. How two seemingly unrelated words can come from the same root is interesting to me. That said, I had not given the wide range of languages inside the U.S. much thought before scanning that article.
by scw1217
Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:16 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Ethnology
Replies: 7
Views: 12879

Ethnology

I came across this link after reading an "Ask Yahoo" column and I'll admit I found the statistics interesting. It lists 238 languages in the United States, 162 as living, 3 as a second-language, and 72 as extinct. Of interest to me was the number of American Indian languages. Also, referencing the n...
by scw1217
Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: AMBIDEXTROUS
Replies: 6
Views: 4753

What if I couldn't write gud with either hand?

mark not-illiterate-exactly Bailey
Isn't that antidextrous? :D
by scw1217
Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:59 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: AMBIDEXTROUS
Replies: 6
Views: 4753

I love both aquadextrous and elbowdextrous. Many has been the joke over the years about my family's ability to pick things up with our toes. What would we call that? LOL. But what set me thinking about this word was the "two right hands" and "two left hands" comment and its connotation with left-han...
by scw1217
Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: DEJA VU
Replies: 12
Views: 11519

I am having deja vu, having received this word again today, June 12, 2006. lol I see from this post it was originally sent June 4!

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