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Oct
19
comment Why “off his rocker”?
A search for origin of rocking chair stumped the gooogle engine since the prior comment. Many with experience, even as much as 60 or more involving mental instablity, will have witnessed activity so uncharacterisic of the elderly is often the first alert that things are seriously wrong. Now I will see what google can provide as to the first incidence of frenzied rocking as prelude to separation from the rocker. Or the first documentation of its association with emotional disturbance in children. BTW illusion for allusion, above, is a type.
Oct
19
comment Why “off his rocker”?
I don't get it very well:except what I wrote. The metaphor is quite well known even if the illusion is not, beyond the life of any "here" and most if not all English speakers in existence. Had the Q asked since when I would not have posted. But is asked why rocking chair (as the metaphoric likeness). Perhaps the Q should be expanded (or reduced) to ask; how long have rockers (another "concept" also known to be a rockable seating facility) have been around...because before then people could not have spoken of on or off, in literal or metaphoric sense. Let me check into that...but I am doubtful.
Oct
19
answered “What’s the buzz about something?” What does it mean?
Oct
19
comment What does “Faustian bargain” mean?
That is surpising. Do you think because your teacher did not know Faustian Bargain and about Faust, or did not know about the system design subject matter?
Oct
19
answered What does “change one's stripes” exactly mean?
Oct
19
revised Is “sand off the sharp edge” a well-established idiom?
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Oct
19
answered Meaning of “to charm the skin off a snake”
Oct
19
answered Why “off his rocker”?
Oct
19
answered Is “sand off the sharp edge” a well-established idiom?
Oct
19
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Oct
19
comment What does ‘Move the bar on somebody’ mean?
Yes, to the reference to field sports: high jump (and pole vault. And yes to the notion of "nor
Oct
19
revised Does “nothing better” really mean nothing better?
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Oct
19
answered Does “nothing better” really mean nothing better?
Oct
19
asked Does “nothing better” really mean nothing better?
Oct
19
answered What does “Be weird about something” mean?
Oct
19
answered What does “pink primates” mean?
Oct
19
answered What does “to get in line soldier-style” mean?
Oct
17
comment How can dictionaries be tyrants?
Thank Zairja for the prescriptivism info. Yes, it does shoot wide of the mark but a bull's eye is not so meaningful without a wider, "target" around itself. In that regard, some aspects of dictionary usage as a form of "pedantically prescribed" usage, can also readily be seen as antithetical to the notion of dictionary tyranny avoidance--which is why I will peruse again for some reference to the latter (TotD) in article you provided.
Oct
17
comment How can dictionaries be tyrants?
...indeed, and mightily so
Oct
17
comment How can dictionaries be tyrants?
I would add--and this goes a way towards explaining the tyranny aspect--that, unless used judiciously, it comes to suppress literary license; and, accordingly, the (growth in) capacity for critical thinking and dialog...and creativity (in that dictionary addicts) stand to have impeded any bent of mind to try new ways of expressing themselves.