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Sauna

One of the few words in English that originated in Finnish is "sauna". The Finns pronounce it as "sowna" while most Americans pronounce it as "sawna". Should the original Finnish...

Quiz For Areff

When, and where, was the first pizza parlor opened in the U.S.? -- Tony Cooper aka: (Email Removed) Provider of Jots, Tittles, and Oy!s

Dr. Rubaiyat

Dr. Rubaiyat, to the Wilderness! Dr. Rubaiyat, to the Wilderness! Dr. Rubaiyat, to the Wilderness! _G C: _G: C: _G: E C E F D A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, _G B _G...

Proficient / Fluent

which one is better? and why ? 1) I am proficiently written and spoken in English and French 2) I am proficient in both written and spoken English and French 3) I can speak...

"Mount" Pronounced As "Mont"

Frequently over the years, I've heard the word "mount" pronounced as "mont" (here in American English dialects). Does anyone know where this monothongization comes from? Is it...

Help! Caption For Photo Needed!

Uhh.. a friend of mine at school sent me a photo and asked me what would be a good caption for it. Well, it really is a pretty gross and yucky photo, so don't look at it if you...

Technologization, Technicalism

Hi, I have two words I'd like to run by you. 1. How do you feel about using "technologization" to describe the introduction of technology within a given field? Something like...

Monrovia

The city of Monrovia in Liberia has undergone terrible troubles these last years and the city has a name which evokes all sorts of awful things. The city was originally named...

Food, Nourriture, Essen, Alimentación...

Over the last 30 years or so, British tastes in food have become increasingly cosmopolitan as far as Europe is concerned. My local supermarket routinely sells croissants and pain...

Jobsworth Origin

[nq:2]I was slightly surprised to find that the word hadn't ... that it originated on That's Life sometime in the 1970s? Cassell's Dic. of Slang has it from the 1970s but doesn...

Expressions Of Blowing The Horn?

How many different slang of expressing ¡§horn-blowing of automobiles¡¨? Thanks

He Took A Mulligan

Does anyone know the origin of this expression? It's the punch line at the end of today's 'Wizard of Id' cartoon, which I've uploaded to: [link] I looked up the expression at...

"When You Get Lost In Your Imaginatory...

...your foresight will become a nimble vagrant." Well, the twits over at ark couldn't (or WOULDN'T) help me. So does anybody here know any historical, literary, or some other...

Usage Of "By"

" Now this can only happen by some defect in your conduct." I wonder if the above sentence may be rewritten another way like this: "Now this can only happen because of some...

People Actually Have Butts As Last Name...

Do Butts people somehow feel funny if they don't think they are unfortunate? [link] ... Santa Monica Police Chief James Butts Jr. said the driver told officers he couldn’t stop...

Big Brother's Pronouns

OK, I admit it. I am watching Big Brother 4 (US version). I am struck by the incarcerated hamsters -- who may not be highly educated, but do seem to be fairly intelligent --...

What Is The Subject In This Sentence?

I know this is an easy question, but consider: "If any of these users has a problem, please let me know." I could not decide whether to use have of has here. I wanted to put...

Where Did Cornhole & Dickweed Come From...

I just don't get why they call butthole a cornhole. Why? And what exactly is dickweed refering to? These two words' origination and logic have been itching my mind for a while...

En And Em Dashes

I have recently noticed that WordPad in Windows XP replaces both en and em dashes with hyphens. No other high-end ASCII symbols are touched, as far as my experiments have been...

Terrorism Redux

The discussion of the definition of terrorism earlier in this group had many submissions. This article, perhaps, expands some of the ideas and I thought it was worth reading....

How The Brain Surgeon Removed Critical...

Assalam u’Alekum, Here is the rest of Surgeon story, you know why this cop and surgeon opened my brain with drill, because apparently they wanted to do experiments of slaves and...

Slider?

A golf reporter was a guest on the Tony Kornheiser radio show today. He's covering the upcoming British Open. He was mentioning things he does, and does not, like about the food...

Intro B: Useful Web Sites For AUE Participants

(I am posting these Intros while Donna Richoux is away. Maria.) Last Revised 2003-05-23 (23 May 2003) ~~ Contents of Intro B: Useful Web Sites for AUE Participants ~~ - Where...

Somewhat Vs Something

When I was younger, "somewhat" was an adjective, and "something" was a noun. Nowadays, "somewhat" is commonly used as a noun: Used to be: "The task was somewhat difficult."...

Entrée -- What's The Dish?

In culinary terms what is an "entrée"? According to BrE (I think) it is the main dish of a meal. But, according to AHD: a. The main dish of a meal. b. A dish served in formal...
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