• 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 ...
  • Here is an email I received from my capmus Public Safety department, at "1:26 PM" on Monday December 8, 2003, today. Now, it's pretty much a given that the people who work Public Safety here can't write for ***. But can anyone make heads or tails ...
  • Aue has become too much of my life. No, curb your enthusiasm, this is not an "I'm outta here" post. Today I attended the funeral of one of my brothers-in-law. Rather than spending my time fondly remembering the faithful departed, I found myself ...
  • A few months ago, I told you all that my son uses "thing" instead of "think" in the following: If you think that, you've got another coming. The idea that a son of mine would say "thing" instead of "think" just floored me. Where did I go wrong? Well, ...
  • Hi, I have just had a discussion with my wife today about the term "negro". I am a native English speaker, originally from New Zealand, but have lived in Denmark for the last 10 years. While I was speaking English today my Danish wife admonished me ...
  • 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 ...
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