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Jun
28
answered Why does the common meaning of “impertinent” have nothing to do with “pertinent”?
Jun
27
comment Attorney at law, is there any other kind?
Oh, I see. So the "at law" means that they have a law degree, do you suppose? And "in fact" means they may or may not have a law degree?
Jun
27
asked Attorney at law, is there any other kind?
Jun
27
comment What is the origin of the phrase a “hung jury”?
I think you're on the right track, and "hung" along the lines of "suspended" is probably where to look.
Jun
27
comment What is the origin of “tall tale”?
@Unreason Well, then. There's still hope for it! Thanks.
Jun
27
comment “The pair was …” or “the pair were …”
Related: Is v. Are when using pair in mathematical settings
Jun
27
revised What is the origin of “tall tale”?
changed verb tense
Jun
27
comment What is the origin of “tall tale”?
@Fumble I have only found "tell-tale women" in Richard III. I haven't yet found any reference to "tall tale" prior to the late 1800s (except for typos and OCR errors), and while it might not be meaningful to you to find the first use of the word, it is meaningful to me.
Jun
27
revised What is the origin of “tall tale”?
added the part about William Thoms
Jun
27
revised What is the origin of “tall tale”?
added Etymonline link
Jun
27
comment What is the origin of “tall tale”?
@Eri Tall tales are like a storytelling genre, but the exaggeration is intentional (unlike a rumor) and part of the style of telling. I don't know if it was used in spoken English a long time before it was written, but I suppose it's possible.
Jun
27
comment What is the origin of “tall tale”?
Thanks for the link for searching Mark Twain's body of work — that's a great resource! I guess you are right that he probably didn't come up with this phrase. That's a bummer; I had lunch riding on it.
Jun
27
comment What is the origin of “tall tale”?
Thank you for the "tall story" information, but to be clear, I am specifically interested in the first use of "tall tale."
Jun
27
comment What is the origin of “tall tale”?
@Fumble My interest justifies it for me.
Jun
27
asked What is the origin of “tall tale”?
Jun
27
revised The grammatical function of “How”
re-tagged, formatted a little
Jun
27
comment How do you pronounce “tuple”?
I feel this question is too general for this site, and it's a duplicate.
Jun
27
comment Why do we “get cold feet”?
In reading the story, I am struck but this sentence "She had been thinking all day long how good Ernest Montrose had been to her, and how she could ever compensate him for the hard-earned money that he had spent in taking her on pleasure trips and excursions..." which makes me think that there is a double meaning in this story as well.
Jun
27
comment Why do we “get cold feet”?
Would brides have had dowries in 1884? And so might "I have cold feet" have had the same double meaning in the Ernest/Evelyn story, that is, she is too poor to marry and also has lost her nerve?
Jun
27
comment What does the “yours” in “yours sincerely” mean?
@Ham Yeah, thanks, I was editing when you were commenting. I realized I'd misunderstood the question.