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The site Pseudopodium traces the expression back to American comic writer Milt Gross (while also noting that Robert Crumb later revived the expression in his comics): You need a catchphrase to make it in this wicked world, and Milt Gross gives the peculiar catchphrase "Is diss a system?" the blanket coverage of an assured trademark -- it's in ...


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Some transcriptions on the web show a bar above the o which I suspect denotes a printer's contraction. 'Long' is clearly intended. It is found twice in the text. As tchrist notes, Use of a macron or tilde to represent an omitted nasal consonant was a customary and perfectly standard scribal abbreviation that was carried forward from manuscripts written in ...


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What does spun up mean? I couldn't find a meaning that makes sense My Answer is that it is a term used in the Navy. I was a missile technician on submarines in the cold war. When battle stations was announced "Man Battle Stations Missile, Spin up all missiles". This literally meant to energize the guidance gyros, which spin at high speeds in order ...


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One meaning of Channel is β€œa way of communicating with people.” The term radio channel came into use to describe a particular frequency of radio waves used for communication and google Ngram shows a growth of the term from the 1920s. The wider use of channel within the term communication channel seems to have come into use from about 1940 onwards. An ...


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In this case turn about does not mean turn and face in the opposite direction it means circle around the point mentioned, in this specific case the person's calling or vocation. You can tell this from the comparison with a potter's wheel This is probably the origin of the term turn about meaning turn and face in the opposite direction as that means turn ...


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Let me serve up an analogy. It takes a talented and experienced actor to best play the role of an idiot. Of course, it takes a degree of ability to cook, too, but, I think that it's the paradoxical element here. That, when it comes right down to it, very few of us can appear normal, "mad", or whatever. QUOTATIONS If cooking becomes an art form ...


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