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Topic: one does not love breathing.
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:50:42 PM
I think it may mean that many times we don't appreciate what we have until we don't have it.
Topic: Leprechauns
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:46:04 PM
Daemon wrote:
<script>add2all('article')</script><img align=left width="100" height="177" src="http://img.tfd.com/IOD/Leprechaun_ill_artlibre_jnl.png"><a href="http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Leprechaun" style="color:darkblue;font-size:larger;font-weight:bold">Leprechauns</a><br><br>Leprechauns are mythological male fairies of Irish folklore. They are often described as small, mischievous cobblers who hide crocks of gold in secret locations. According to legend, leprechauns can be captured and compelled to reveal the location of their treasure, but their captors must never look away because doing so allows the elusive creatures to escape. Why do some Irish people consider the modern, popularized image of leprechauns offensive? <a href="http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Leprechaun">More...</a>


If you like the idea of leprechauns, you need to see the old movie called, "Darby O'Gill and the Leprechauns." It's one of Sean Connery's first movies. It's pretty cute. It's definitely an appropriate movie to watch on St. Patrick's day.
Topic: Voice commands
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:42:47 PM
Joseph Glantz wrote:
I just read about a new device that will let a driver do email while he's driving by giving voice commands. I also read where amazon.com has a reading device that also lets the reader listen to what he's reading.

Are voice commands good, not good or does it depend on what they're used for?


I have voice recognition on my computer, and I'm not too impressed with it. I realize it's "new" technology, and that it will take time to refine, but I feel it's faster for me to click on "Microsoft Word," for example, rather than saying to the computer, "Open Microsoft Word," and hope it understands me. Of course, this is a great emerging technology for those who may have some type of limitation (like someone who doesn't have hands, for example).
Topic: need help here
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:38:25 PM
learner wrote:
"Is protesting allowed?" or "Is protest allowed?"


Which version of the above sentences you think is right?


and what actually does it mean if someone says: "Kim scares the heck out of me"


Learner


You might also consider that you could say, "He protested aloud," which means someone protested audibly or loudly. (Of course, the meaning and spelling are different, but the sound is the same.)
Topic: yet each man kills the thing he loves.
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:30:25 PM
fred wrote:
Oh this is interesting!

For all the people on this forum, How do you kill WORDS?


I think one way is to use them improperly.

And what about oxymorons? Isn't that kind of like killing the meaning of words?
Topic: Phrases that describe people's appearances
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:26:33 PM
franziska wrote:
Eyes can be:
large, small, deep set, slanted, round, thick lashed, watery, well spaced, protruding, rheumy, heavy lidded, dark circled

Hair can be:
curly, straight, wavy, coarse, lustrous, thin, thick, thinning. Of course, one can be bald!

Mouth can be:
slack, thin/thick lipped, wet, smiling, grinning, toothy, puckered, large, pouting, rosebud, stingy

Complexion can be:
fair, olive, dark, sallow, pale, flushed, healthy, sickly, choleric

Nose can be:
long, short, narrow, upturned, crooked, with flaring nostrils, flat, bulbous, roman, beaky

Body can be:
fat, thin, obese, skinny, muscular, stocky, willowy, long/short legged, paunchy, portly, rangy, wiry, plump, statuesque, lissome, svelte, gross



I like "svelte." It just has a "ring" to it!
Topic: Phrases that describe people's appearances
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:24:40 PM
Momsey wrote:

A bicycle face --if you see it, you want to step on it.
A moon face


I don't understand the meaning of "bicycle face." Explain!
Topic: The Added Bonus of Repetitive Redundancies
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:22:31 PM
prolixitysquared wrote:
cavarden wrote:
As a Spanish speaker, I find that English tends to use more redundancies anyway. A very frequent one is a period of time (which has already appeared in this thread). In Spanish we just say "a period" and we assume it's "of time". Another common one is, "43 percent of all adults..."--a percentage is, by definition, a portion of the whole, so it's redundant to say "of all". But maybe these are just biased opinions of a Spanish speaker.


Those are such good points. I think as native speakers to English, we often bypass so much of our own redundancies because we've heard them so many times that it doesn't phase us to look into our speech and writing deeper, at least for this type of silly manner.

I feel like making myself a list of these phrases so I can make a point to weed them out of my habits.


My father-in-law says that all the time! "For the longest period of time, we waited for the light to turn..." It annoys me a little. I would think to myself: "Just say,'We waited for the light to turn for a long time.'"
Topic: The Added Bonus of Repetitive Redundancies
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:20:27 PM
bugdoctor wrote:
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How about a 'prolonged moment'? That phrase seems to be commonplace.


No, that would be an oxymoron.
Topic: pockabook ?
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:17:49 PM
prolixitysquared wrote:
bullit16 wrote:
I grew up in Philadelphia, and my mom always said "pockabook" as well. She also did her grocery shopping at the Ac-a-me Market and enjoyed day trips to Bal-tee-more.


My mom liked blueburries, churries, and strawburries on a Tuesdee.


My grandmother (and some few others living in Northern Utah) say "Tuesdee," too. Interesting.

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