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comment Is it “kelly pool” or “Kelly pool”?
Apparently the person it's named after wasn't named Kelly though - but at that point I stopped reading further (-:
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comment Is it “kelly pool” or “Kelly pool”?
The Wikipedia article uses lowercase but it may be named after a person or at least be perceived to be. I don't have access to a nice fat descriptive OED or Websters here though (-:
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asked Is it “kelly pool” or “Kelly pool”?
Mar
9
asked In which countries would “tags” be understood to mean “License plates and stickers that show the registration is currently valid”?
Feb
25
comment Should I always use the -ised ending for UK english and the -ized for US?
By the way, British dictionaries actually prefer the -ize spellings but people on the street don't necessarily agree. It's a similar situation in Australia where I'm from.
Feb
19
revised Is the term “KTV” in use in any English-speaking country?
pics++
Feb
19
comment Is the term “KTV” in use in any English-speaking country?
Actually the origin is not so clear after all, as is often the case with acronyms and abbreviations the expansion is only part of the story. It turns out it comes from Taiwan where it was a modification of an early related abbreviation, MTV "movie television" or "movies & TV". This was used for establishments where people would pay to use a private booth to watch TV or movies on video cassette or videodisc. These have now disappeared but KTV expanded to a massive scale once it got to mainland China.
Feb
19
revised Is the term “KTV” in use in any English-speaking country?
photo from china
Feb
18
comment Is the term “KTV” in use in any English-speaking country?
Well after wondering about this for about a year, I'm finally finding evidence that it began in Taiwan in the mid-to-late 1980s as an offshoot of movie-watching parlours there that were called "MTV" for "movie television" or perhaps "music & TV". Not affiliated with the cable music channel but perhaps inspired by it since it began in 1981. (If you Google MTV and KTV together you'll find stuff that I'm slowly reading through before I consider attempting an answer.)
Feb
18
comment Is the term “KTV” in use in any English-speaking country?
@Mari-LouA: It was a seedy looking place at the end of a mostly otherwise failed pier development in Malacca. I didn't go inside but in (at least) China, Laos, and Cambodia places called KTV or karaoke seem to be akin to brothels. It's easy to Google about the phenomenon. So it's quite possible.
Feb
18
comment Is the term “KTV” in use in any English-speaking country?
@Mari-LouA: Done. But not from China yet since I accidentally deleted my tag index for my China photos a few months ago )-:
Feb
18
revised If a word is coined / popularized / used only or mainly by second-language speakers of English, is it still considered to be an English word?
examples++
Feb
18
revised Is the term “KTV” in use in any English-speaking country?
photos
Feb
18
revised Is the term “KTV” in use in any English-speaking country?
used in cambodia too
Feb
7
comment Is Wayne's World's (NOT) a modern invention?
@JamesMcLeod: I think you're right and I was thrown because "nit" looks like an abbreviation and as a word I only know it to mean "louse egg" and not something I can relate to "not".
Dec
30
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Dec
22
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
28
comment Fine semantic differences between “thus” and “therefore”
And then there's hence ...
Nov
28
revised Is there a single word for “one who speaks/boasts a lot about everything”?
wiktionary links for each term
Nov
27
comment What are these vehicles called in the United States?
I'm a middle-aged Aussie and only ever knew "kombi" to be used for VW vans, whether they were the versions for carrying people or the ones for carrying cargo.