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by scw1217
Tue May 16, 2006 7:28 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: NINCOMPOOP
Replies: 2
Views: 3206

What a great word and with a funny history to boot! This one is a Good Word classic!
by scw1217
Fri May 12, 2006 3:10 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: DECIMATE
Replies: 11
Views: 7806

Re: Ooops! Correction.

Somehow the most important original meaning managed to get itself overlooked in today's word. I just made the correction.
Very interesting stuff. Thanks to frank for posting the extra info.
by scw1217
Fri May 12, 2006 7:09 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: DECIMATE
Replies: 11
Views: 7806

I was surprised by the first meaning of this word and had never associated it in my mind with a "tenth" of anything. All of that being very informative and interesting, your example sentence re the deer, just doesn't click with me, right or wrong gramatically. I still read it as destroy "the deer po...
by scw1217
Wed May 10, 2006 9:19 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: SOMNILOQUY
Replies: 8
Views: 5906

I am so glad to know there is a word for this. When I was a young girl, I once spent the night (first time and last) with a girl who did this the entire night. It so creeped me out that I left early the next day and never stayed there again! On the other hand, many have been the dreams where I calle...
by scw1217
Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:48 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: A Load of Bull (or Cow?)
Replies: 8
Views: 19805

A Load of Bull (or Cow?)

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a3_097b.html This article sent me really laughing. It starts out as a discussion of seaweed in McDonald's milkshakes and descends into a discussion about what to call a "cow". A male "cow" is a "bull" but the fact that you said male "cow" implies a female "cow" w...
by scw1217
Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Onct
Replies: 2
Views: 5479

Ah, see, I would have spelt that oncet , but either way it's a mess to try to decipher on paper how it's really pronounced ('wunst'). If I remember correctly, it appears in this form mostly when it occurs at the end of the phrase or sentence. -Tim I had no idea how to spell it. I was going for phon...
by scw1217
Sun Apr 09, 2006 1:12 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Onct
Replies: 2
Views: 5479

Onct

As a pronunciation of "once". As in "I did that onct." This from another of my relatives.
by scw1217
Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:32 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Wikipedia Describes Southern Talk
Replies: 8
Views: 16864

Wikipedia Describes Southern Talk

I found these articles somewhat amusing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_English http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_American_English And for an even more inciting look into it try: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_vocabularies_of_American_English All very interesting and technically...
by scw1217
Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:26 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: APPELLATION
Replies: 3
Views: 3296

I read that whole thing thinking, "What's the matter with them? That's not how you spell it!" LOL. You got me!
by scw1217
Sat Mar 25, 2006 10:47 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Minister
Replies: 3
Views: 2679

Magistrate would make a pair with minister.
Interesting. That does bring to mind the question what other words would have spawned from this same root.
by scw1217
Sat Mar 25, 2006 10:04 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Minister
Replies: 3
Views: 2679

Minister

I'm not sure why but I find the origin of this word interesting. Dictionary.com gives it as: min·is·ter n. Abbr. Min. 1. a. One who is authorized to perform religious functions in a Christian church, especially a Protestant church. b. Roman Catholic Church. The superior in certain orders. 2. A high ...
by scw1217
Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:53 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: ABULIA
Replies: 4
Views: 4233

"Mick Stupp is a completely succumbs to abulia when it comes to buying sports cars."
Your sentence structure had me reading twice. Typo?
by scw1217
Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:12 am
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Pregnated
Replies: 2
Views: 5724

It sounds almost...clinical.... Is she expressing a judgment or just making an observation? :) To my mind, though, not as creepy as the breezily familar "preggers". bleah. -gailr Yes, I am not fond of that one either. I think she was making an observation about someone in the same room as her. Not ...
by scw1217
Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:10 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Frogs & Hailstones?
Replies: 27
Views: 54324

Frog eyes are not covered/"protected" by eyelids in quite the way mammalian eyes are (although the more familiar eyelids aren't hail-proof either!). This sounds to me like a fanciul way of saying that the action is wildly ineffectual. I'm wondering if this was the same frog pressed into service whe...
by scw1217
Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Pregnated
Replies: 2
Views: 5724

Pregnated

You will perhaps remember my previous post regarding my relatives use of plurals. Well, my daughter and I were having a conversation the other day and she says to me, "Do you know what I hate?" "What?" I ask. "I hate it when Grandma says pregnated." "When did she say that?" I ask. "The other night. ...

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