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Weird Phrases

hey, it's me again. This time I'm asking you to help me in explaining some phrases. Here they go: street cred, saddo, gym junkies, tough love, dumbing down, mall walking. Thanks...

Tricky Phrases

hi, can you help me with explaining some phrases? Here they are: "air rage", "excessorexia", "e-rage" and "it-friendly". Thanks.

Concerning Idioms

Recently, we've been revisiting some old disputes in alt.english.usage concerning such idioms as "could care less"/"couldn't care less" and "you've got another think coming"/"you...

Harry Potter And The Crock Of

Why do I find Harry Potter films glum, soulless, and without dramatic tension? Harry Potter films don't have a vision of reality. There are no laws; "anything goes". So there are...

Stemming The Flow

Is anyone able to provide an account of how the word "stem" came to be used in the way it is above? Just off the top of my head, I can't think of any other usage of stem as a verb...

English Accent Recent?

I've heard that the current educated English accent is only about 150 years old. The one David Niven used and maybe Basil Rathbone and PMs. Is this true? I've looked but iddn't...

Which Form Is The Correct One ?

Let's say you want to label a specific group of people. Which for would you use: Subject Matter Experts for Networks or Networks Subject Matter Experts ? Thank you

On The Buses - "You're Late Again, Butler...

In On The Buses Inspector Blake was constantly haranguing Butler & Harper for being "Late". He rarely meant that they had turned up for work late - he meant either that they were...

"Is Displayed" Versus "Appears"

A common phrase in technical writing is the such-and-such screen appears the such-and-such screen is displayed the such-and-such screen displays I prefer "appears," which the Microsoft...

Hazing

I was watching CSI or one of its spin-offs the other night, and included was a story revolving around initiation ceremonies for a college fraternity (after which one of the students...

Sink The Bismarck - 'A Diabolical Liberty...

Civilian worker, Sydney Tafler sails with the Prince of Wales cruiser along with Johnny Briggs cos they ain't finished the work - they go into action against the Bismarck! Sydney...

Till Death Us Do Part - What About The...

The BBC showed an old b&w clip of Johnny Speight's Till Death Do Us Part where the Garnett family are waiting to give blood at a hospital. Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell) looks around...

Some Disjunctive Sentences

Are the following sentences grammatical? Thanks. (1) Either John will read Chapter 3 or Mary will. (2) Either John will read Chapter 3 or Mary. (3) John will read Chapter 3 or...

Who Is That Celebrity In The New Mcdonalds...

There is a new TV commercial featuring a masked pro wrestler eating at McDonalds. Part of the commercial is in Spanish. 1) Who is that masked celebrity? Does he wrestle for the...

Subtitles In English

There's a recent thread on sci.lang discussing differences between Qu├ębecois and French French, in which someone's made the ol' comment about EastEnders being subtitled in the...

Replacement Word For "Adoptive Mother...

Since I can't really get along with my adoptive mother without putting on an act and never saying what I really feel without being screamed at, I want to work on getting away from...

Ame "Hero Sandwich"

Reading something elsenet, I came across a reference to someone having "a hero sandwich" for their packed lunch. What the heck is it? Andrew Gwilliam To email me, replace "bottomless...

Yutte Stensgaard On The Buses - Airline...

Stan and Jack hated their new uniforms until two Swedish beauties, Ingrid (Yutte Stensgaard) & Birgit, decided they looked like 'airline pillots'! Blakey was highly amused when...

Steptoe & Son (1966) - I Wish I Was A...

'I wish I was a blackie - it's nice and warm in Africa and you can pick bananas off trees! I wouldn't need to worry about buying a new suit!' Harold Steptoe (Harry H. Corbett...

Work Your Pants Off

I guess you say "work your pants off" to imply that you are very busy, or you put great effort into your work. In Cantonese Chinese, we say "work my lung off" meaning I could not...

Mysterious Word Origin... Any Odeas?

Which Shakespeare Quote Is This Meant...

I was looking at a pen on ebay: [link] It is being sold from China. The seller, in the description, has placed three quotations: "*Do not , for one repulse , give up the purpose...

Need To Find A Word To Convey This Meaning

I am writing a complaint to my local newspaper, the Observer , about its not living up to my belief that its role should be the ambassador to all-things Dunkirk (the town which...

Come With

I keep hearing the phrase "Wanna come with?" without the object (as in "come along") although I can't remember ever hearing or seeing that in English class or among native English...

Query Origin "Number Is Up"

Please excuse me as a newbie if this topic is done to death ... I couldn't find anything relevant by way of searching or the FAQ. What is the origin of the slang phrase "His number...
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