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by scw1217
Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:45 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Frogs & Hailstones?
Replies: 27
Views: 55433

Hard to tell what he meant without letting us in on the context. If a frog were batting his eyes in response to a bad hail storm, he'd be having a bit less of a reaction than I would. In my experience I tend to run when under attack by the forces of nature. Makes sense. Unfortunately, it was a long...
by scw1217
Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Frogs & Hailstones?
Replies: 27
Views: 55433

Frogs & Hailstones?

Just had to post this since it was a topic of conversation today with a family member. I once heard a Texas preacher say something like "a frog battin' his eyes in a hailstorm". Though I get a good mental image from this, I have yet to figure out what it means. :D
by scw1217
Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: KMark & WalMark
Replies: 19
Views: 31290

Re: KMark & WalMark

In Chattanooga, TN, there are a lot of people who use KMark instead of Kmart and Walmark instead of Walmart. This drives me nuts. Anyone else ever hear of such? :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: JJ Yes! I have a relative who does so. Thought I was the only one who has noticed it. My mama, who has a MA from an ac...
by scw1217
Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:14 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Plurals
Replies: 16
Views: 24858

BD wait about 40 years, lol. Then you'll know, and it's an adjective if used for a malady, not a noun. Prostate trouble, prostate cancer, etc. Or enlarged prostate, in any case it must have or be a qualifer, BD is right. Kt That being my point, only problem is they say p-r-o-s-t-R-a-t-e, which mean...
by scw1217
Mon Jan 23, 2006 4:01 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Plurals
Replies: 16
Views: 24858

I thought I'd heard about all there was to hear, growing up in rural (poor) North Carolina, and I've never heard that before, scw... -Tim Then let me add in two other mispronounced words. Prostrate instead of prostate (this is reference to a male relative's illness. And my very favorite, dehyranate...
by scw1217
Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:55 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hammock (Hummock)
Replies: 3
Views: 3281

Interesting. Being born and raised here in central Florida, I am quite familiar with the use of hammock, but had never known of hummock. All very interesting to me. I am still wondering about the Indian conotation, as I could only find one reference to that online.
by scw1217
Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:52 am
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Plurals
Replies: 16
Views: 24858

Re: Plurals

I assume that was with a short 'e' at the end.

I had a high school teacher (at an all boys school) who once said before handing out an exam, "I am the testor; you are the testees." 8)
Yes. And LOL @ testees. Given that she was about 10 at the time, that was what threw me when I heard it.
by scw1217
Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:19 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Plurals
Replies: 16
Views: 24858

Plurals

forutunately for me, I avoid using Southern plurals. However, I have family that do not. They routinely eat chicken breastes or beef roastes. (breast-ez, with a z sound). When questioned they say, No that is not correct. Then turn around and add in wastes, askes, and my personal favorite testes. Thi...
by scw1217
Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:15 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Bubbaese for "Uvula"
Replies: 13
Views: 18850

I have no clue, I've always called it the punching bag or the the hangy thing. :D
LOL. I had a good laugh @ the hangy thing!
by scw1217
Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:13 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Soft Drinks: pop, soda, coke, et al
Replies: 84
Views: 245999

Everything's a Coke. You order a coke and the waiter/waitress always asks, "Is Pepsi okay?" if that is what they serve. I always have to think twice. FWIW, I scored 72% on the quiz and am a "born and raised" Floridian. "Pop" is a type of music - Pop music. Soda goes into a cake to make it rise, baki...
by scw1217
Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:05 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Hammock (Hummock)
Replies: 3
Views: 3281

Hammock (Hummock)

On a recent trip to a local nature preserve, we walked through the oak hammock . The brochure we picked up states this word derives from an Indian word. Upon an internet search, I find that hammock in this sense is actually an alteration of the word hummock and is listed as having an unknown origin,...
by scw1217
Sun Dec 18, 2005 3:19 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: PASSEL
Replies: 1
Views: 2366

PASSEL

Thanks for this word. Being from the South (U.S.A.) we have a passel of kinfolk, a passel of greens, and a passel of gifts. I had no idea it was related to parcel, though that makes sense now.
by scw1217
Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:25 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: First Person Plural-Singular
Replies: 7
Views: 11937

That's another good style for personal communication, but again it will depend on the overall style and context of the total work. Changing to second person might necessitate rewriting a good chunk of the entire work into second person, too. This being the thing we most want to avoid. Here is anoth...
by scw1217
Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:27 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: First Person Plural-Singular
Replies: 7
Views: 11937

Thanks for the advice. As to the use of "we", I perhaps cannot properly explain why that was used. I like the way "one" reads, and agree with you there, but in the context of this article it would not work. However, neither does the writer want to use "I" exclusively as that does not include the rea...
by scw1217
Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:08 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: First Person Plural-Singular
Replies: 7
Views: 11937

First Person Plural-Singular

I have a passage of writing that I am unsure how to proceed with. You helped me greatly before, so here goes. The quote is as follows: When we understand the words of triumph, we no longer ask, "Can we succed?" Instead, we ask, "How do we conquer and prevail? What is the key to victory?" Now, I thin...

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