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May
30
comment What do you call a person, who needs to stay active in order to feel comfortable?
"Annoying​‌​‌​‌​‌".
May
9
comment Word for the “life/world” outside phone calls, text messages, and the Internet?
The "Meatspace" domains have all, of course, been reserved. (^_^)
May
6
comment Does “anathema” need an “an”?
The Vulgate has: "si quis non amat Dominum Iesum Christum sit anathema maranatha", so the English may just be a (slight) mistranslation, omitting the article as happened from time to time?
May
6
comment Does “anathema” need an “an”?
Hoping for a more authoritative answer, but will accept this one in a day or 2 if nothing better comes along.
May
6
comment Does “anathema” need an “an”?
Not feeling this answer yet. (1) That Bible example is a misquote. The actual phrase is ..., let him be Anathema Maranatha. (KJV, with most other English versions having the Maranatha in some form) So, this may just be an early misuse or a deliberate, one-time, poetical construction. ... (2) The "factitive" examples do not hold, as those are all formal titles in context. "Anathema" is not a formal title AFAICT. ... (3) Euphony might be okay, but that would also excuse all kinds of pigeon English that's not considered grammatically correct (yet).
Apr
27
comment 'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to…?
@user568458, maybe so. But as the ancients knew, and by the Latin word definition, left-handed and many of those adjectives you listed, are one and the same. (^_^)
Jan
2
comment Grammatical role of “the hell”?
@DavidRicherby, I think he means that "interjection" (the word and the practice) comes to us straight from Latin (interjectiō). I think I once heard that Latin is the first major language to have this?
Jan
1
comment Treacle is viscous; alcohol is ____?
@smci, Experiment proved it didn't flow, as well as observation of the many, many panes of glass that kept their thick edge up for centuries. The myth has been debunked several times.
May
18
comment What can we call those ladies?
I'd say “Ladies Who Lunch” are a more selfish subset of "Socialite" with a smaller circle and more of a focus on shopping and dining than on meeting and networking people. (No grand dinners/dances. Less help to charity and community.)
Mar
18
comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
Great ETA. The "Smash" and "pulp" stuff, especially. I'd upvote twice, if the site let me!
Mar
17
comment “Ride a bicycle” or “ride on bicycle”?
Similar to "ride a horse".
Mar
17
comment What is the meaning and etymology of 'scut' from 'scut work'?
+1 I strongly suspect it came from coal scuttle.
Mar
17
comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
Okay, so it looks like "todger" likely came from "tadger" (good for my C. Dickens conjecture). Makes sense that Monty Python might be responsible for its modern resurgence/popularity.
Mar
17
comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
I wonder why my Concise OED gives a different date. Are you using the online OED?
Mar
17
comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
@Kris, Thanks! And I did learn of some dangers, of Google's tools, with this question. :( PS: I now have a wild theory that "todger" comes from "tadger" and was based off a Dickens character.
Mar
17
comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
@MετάEd, if you zoom into 1954-1956 (the "spike is 1955"), none of the results use "todger" in the modern way. Except, maybe some references to a decades-earlier play that uses "Todger Fairmile o Balls Pond" as a suggestive character name (G.B. Shaw, 1917-ish).
Mar
17
comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
Digging around in #2, that is not clear to me, so far. I haven't found support for OED's claim yet.
Mar
17
comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
@MετάEd, I would call that an improperly normalized, and misleading, graph. Good to know about this foible of Ngram Viewer; thanks.
Mar
17
comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
@MετάEd, good to know. I'd forgotten about the "detail" links at the bottom. Interesting that 1 hit (maybe 2, Google isn't clear), in 1 book, gives such a large spike.
May
25
comment English words mockingly derived from French?
@JamesJiao: Really? I'd just settle for some answers or a few more examples (or counter examples). Alas, it's devilishly hard with some of the moderation policies on SE. Some notions might be okay for "hard science" fields like SO, and less so in other subjects. ;)