Discussion in 'Zealot Archives' started by logicman, May 27, 2008.
Spellin Police too?
Oops, should make it to the last page before posting
The Ohioism I find weirdest is "needs warsh", which seems to mean it needs to be washed.
Here is a catchall phrase I have used
a. A lot of something
b. A bunch of not so good stuff
c. Stuff no one wants
d. A badly arranged load (poorly or improperly stacked load)
And does that "warshin'" take place in the "zink"? ( a Midwesternism I often heard during my Iowa youth)
Slekjr, thanks for that great link about common errors!
Back to foreign words in English: I used to live in San Francisco and was lucky enough to have many Filipino friends. One pointed out to me that there are two words from Tagalog (common language of the Philippines) accepted into English. The obvious one is "manila" as in "manila folder".
Question: what is the other?
Highlight for answer:
Cool Art. Word Detective on the hidden second word.
And the third tagalog word, Art, is yoyo. :thumb:
Adopted into English as the name of a toy,
it has also been used as British slang for 'fool'.
Hands up all those who spotted 'grammer' as a mis-spelling,
but not 'site'. Come on. Own up. :mrgreen:
That points to a psychological feature of language:
promoting one word to a hard focus may help to let
another word slip by. Lawyers and shysters know this fact. :mrgreen:
Language is the door to knowledge, and a little knowledge
of language itself tends to oil the hinges.
Thank you all for keeping this thread going.
All input is gratefully received.
My mother-in-law (formerly an English professor) always liked the book "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" with its examples of grammatical and spelling errors, myths, and guidelines.
Too right, Mark.
'Shot on sight' and 'shot on site' have exactly the same real-world outcome -
Andrew, regarding punctuation:
If you've read this:
you may also want to read this:
Sir Roger Casement: The Unlikely Irish Martyr Whose Death Hinged on a Comma
Mairzy doats and dozy doats and little lambsy-divey
A kiddledee divey too, wouldn't you?
Now if the words sound queer and funny to your ear,
A little bit jumbled and jivey then...
Oh, and it's possible that at a tense conference session at the MLA someone could be shot on cite, or more plausibly a poor argument could be shot on cite.
As sung by M'lady Mondegreen?
Maybe der logickmann should be 'shot on cite'.
I think I heard the Oil of Mercy version?
You've got me stumped* there, Scratchy.
* puzzled, baffled, confused,
etymology: English cricket, which leaves most Americans (and me) stumped.
Ha' slain the Earl of Murray (Oil of Mercy)
And laid him on the green. (mondegreen)
I think that might Still-be-a Wright?
Just a bit too far like a bad Dennis Miller refrerence...
Sorry if that wasn't cricket.
How about rymes that help you remember stuff
such as such as the resistor color code
Bad (black) 0
Booze (brown) 1
Ruins (red) 2
Our (orange) 3
young (yellow) 4
Guts (green) 5
But (blue) 6
Vodka (violet) 7
Goes (gray) 8
Well (white) 9
From left to right can anyone tell me what value is Brown Black Brown is?:twisted:
Can not for the life of me remember what "can eddie do the funky chicken" stands for other than the xerographic process
All of this reminds me of the 'cries of old London' which my sisters and I
learned as children:
Buy my cherries ripe!
Who'll buy my roses!
Apples! Buy my sweet apples!
To which my father would respond, in a heavy cockney accent:
"Bucket of firewood!"
which sounded very rude! :twisted:
Ask a cockney: "What's a bison?" and he will respond:
"It's a fing to wash yer fise in."
One of my dad's favorite puns, Mark.
Probably because Londonderry Air has long been one of my favorite
pieces of music. It's also a song with the power to bring a tear to
the eye: Danny Boy.
Londonderry Air in Midi Format 'lyrics' is broken link.
Danny Boy - Irish Song Lyrics and Music Midi
Scratchy, thanks for the Word Detective link. I wonderd how that word got into English!
Ha! Cool, I didn't know that!
I thought it was an intentional pun about being shot on this web site!
Separate names with a comma.