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by Garzo
Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:30 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Kerfuffle
Replies: 5
Views: 5452

Kerfuffle

This has become one of my favourite words. It features prominently in one of the sketches in the BBC comedy show Little Britain (you may fancy watching this clip of the local dialect where I live, overdone of course): "What a kerfuffle?" Kerfuffle is quite a funny word; it generally means a fuss or ...
by Garzo
Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:27 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lichtenberg Ratio
Replies: 4
Views: 5733

For some reason my document folders are foolscap, but that's because they fit my filing cabinet very nicely. All the documents are in metrical paper formats, mostly A4 and A5. The B-series is the geometric mean between subsequent sheets in the A-series (i.e. the magnification factor between A4 and B...
by Garzo
Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:14 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Camp
Replies: 11
Views: 15024

I think BD managed to drive a coach and horses through my definition: thanks, Dude. Camp usually means in British English that a man exhibits obviously homosexual mannerisms. Of course, such mannerisms are as much part of the sub-culture as anything else. Thus, someone who might be considered to be ...
by Garzo
Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:03 pm
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Semitically speaking
Replies: 11
Views: 26478

Flam, I think my comment was designed not to make sense, or at least be a little cryptic. Sometimes, you see, some things just sound wrong. This doesn't mean that they ar wrong, but it's an instintual bell that rings in one's heart that, rather than going dong like the bell of a monastery on some re...
by Garzo
Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:47 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Mental leakage reduces efficiency
Replies: 13
Views: 12879

I'm constantly amazed with things like that language lab, that prove that we don't speak the same language at all... :lol: -Tim I managed to score 10/10 on the language lab accents and languages quiz, but that was pretty hard going. My sister managed 8/10, but she didn't tell me which ones she had ...
by Garzo
Thu Jul 28, 2005 3:17 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Lichtenberg Ratio
Replies: 4
Views: 5733

I'm not sure how one would drop Lichtenberg ratio into conversation. However, saying that, I'm not sure how I'd drop many of these silly words into conversations. I really don't like it when someone sends me an e-mail attachment in MSWord (where's my bug spray?!), set up for US letter size paper wit...
by Garzo
Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:25 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Mental leakage reduces efficiency
Replies: 13
Views: 12879

The website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/voices/) has lots of fun things about accents. You might like to try out the Language Lab's test on regional British accents.
by Garzo
Thu Jul 28, 2005 12:36 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Mental leakage reduces efficiency
Replies: 13
Views: 12879

I think I should say thank-you, Flam, but I'm not entirely sure what kind of service you're offering! However, your Where did you see it last? did make me remember that many things that I had heard on the radio whilst driving to and from work had been at the root of my tongue-tipping exasperation. I...
by Garzo
Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:28 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Camp
Replies: 11
Views: 15024

Actually, you have to try very hard in British English not to make the word camp be a referrence to male homosexuality. To say that someone was not camp implies that he is gay but doesn't act it; to say that someone is camp implies that he acts as if he's gay, but may or may not be so. -- Garzo.
by Garzo
Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:17 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Mental leakage reduces efficiency
Replies: 13
Views: 12879

Mental leakage reduces efficiency

I don't know how many times in the last week I've said to myself, "Isn't that interesting: I'll have to ask the fellas in the Agora about that." However, by the time I get to a terminal, it's gone: all those interesting factoids and questions have evaporated. What can I do? Please help me! -- Befudd...
by Garzo
Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:43 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Credo
Replies: 25
Views: 25839

Credo

A friend sent me this: The food that I share with others Is the food that nourishes me. The strength I spend for others Is the strength that I retain. The freedom I seek for others Will make me forever free. The pain I ease in others Works to take away my pain. The affront I forgive in others By GRA...
by Garzo
Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:39 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: TROTH
Replies: 13
Views: 13469

The traditional English marriage vows end with the word troth . There is a slight difference between the sexes that I cannot quite figure out. The bridegroom says: ...and thereto I plight thee my troth. The bride says: ...and thereto I give thee my troth. I wonder if this is because the pledge of tr...
by Garzo
Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:20 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: The Unknown Winners
Replies: 34
Views: 35883

I spoke with a bus driver last week, and when I asked him if he drove busses, he replied that he only drove one at a time!

-- Garzo.
by Garzo
Sun Jul 10, 2005 12:13 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: new words
Replies: 6
Views: 7009

'Groin-murder' -- nuf said!
by Garzo
Sun Jul 10, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: thrice subjunctive
Replies: 21
Views: 29768

yupidid!

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