• The latest round of draft entries for the New Edition of the OED has been released online, and one of the additions is our old friend "another thing coming": (Under , n.1) chiefly Brit. and Irish English. (arising from misapprehension of s.v. ...
  • I suppose we all want attention; all of us want to be loved. Laura's obsession for wanting to be liked by all is a bit hard to fathom though. She's petite and pretty, she can be pleasant if one doesn't read between the lines, and she's already one ...
  • Here's a depressing article about the state of American cultural and educational values, not just in The South, but in 40 of the 50 states: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40839-2004Dec6.html (registration required, but if anyone wants me to post the article, I will. Just ask.) (quote) Fresh ...
  • While watching "Shall We Dance?" (1937) last evening, I noticed that the character played by Fred Astaire (who in turn was played by Frederic Austerlitz, Jr of Omaha, Nebraska) pronounced "Denise" with an "s" sound, while his friend, played by Edward ...
  • A recent email from a Leftpondian friend refers to a binky. I gather that this is another name for a pacifier. In BrE this would be a dummy, from "dummy teat" according to OED (which defines a pacifier as a baby's dummy, leaving me wondering what ...
  • i am a stupid french who need to improve his english. i look for friends to talk in english about things and others... i understand quickly but need a lot of explains.. also if there some valorous friends here who are ready to lost time and time to ...
  • Hi, say my birthday is on May 30th, which is a sunday, but I really want to tear it up and kill all the beer I've got with my friends. That makes sunday a bad choice, so I have my party on the 29th. In German we say "reinfeiern" which could be ...
  • A person from the Ukraine has told a friend of mine that the country no longer takes the article "the" because they are no longer part of the USSR. Does this make any sense? The Philippines and the Netherlands gets the article and it is not ...
  • I couldn't find the malapropism thread, so I'm starting a new one with the suggested word for the online malapropisms that have become common since the rise of electronic written comunication. A friend suggested that these should be called ...
  • A naughty individual has lately offended the British nation. Let me say that the British are the most wonderful people on earth. They are flawless in every respect, they have bodies of exquisite beauty, hearts of gold and souls of crystal. Their ...
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