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ADDED 2015-05-25: http://www.surveee.org/plurals.html

At least the second link thanks to SMS

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“OLD WORDS AND PHRASES REMIND US OF THE WAY WE WORD”

By: Richard Lederer (A remarkable local Linguist).

About a month ago in this space, I illuminated old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.

These phrases included: don’t touch that dial, carbon copy, you sound like a broken record and hung out to dry. A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige:

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker and straighten up and fly right. Hubba-hubba! We’d cut a rug in some juke joint and then go necking and petting and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods and jalopies in some passion pit or lovers’ lane. Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! Holy Moley! We were “in like Flynn” and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers. Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.

Like Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and Kurt Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim, we have become unstuck in time. We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!” or “This is a fine kettle of fish!” we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, poof, poof go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone, evanesced from the landscape and wordscape of our perception, like Mickey Mouse wristwatches, hula hoops, skate keys, candy cigarettes, little wax bottles of colored sugar water and an organ grinder’s monkey.

Where have all those phrases gone? Long time passing. Where have all those phrases gone? Long time ago: Pshaw. The milkman did it. Think about the starving Armenians. Bigger than a bread box. Banned in Boston. The very idea! It’s your nickel. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Turn-of-the-century. Iron curtain. Domino theory. Fail safe. Civil defense. Fiddlesticks! Kiddidlehopper! You look like the wreck of the Hesperus. Cooties. Going like sixty. I’ll see you in the funny papers. Don’t take any wooden nickels. Heavens to Murgatroyd! And Awa-a-ay we go!

Oh, my stars and garters! It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter had liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff, this winking out of the words of our youth, these words that lodge in our heart’s deep core. But just as one never steps into the same river twice, one cannot step into the same language twice. Even as one enters, words are swept downstream into the past, forever making a different river.

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeful times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging.

We can have archaic and eat it, too!

Badda Bing, Badda Boom!

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Beware of YouTube videos bearing pronunciation advice

http://theweek.com/article/index/271900/15-tricky-words–and-how-to-pronounce-them-hilariously-wrong

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sent by e-mail 2014-01-06

Thanks to MJS

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sent as e-mail 2014-01-02

HERE ARE THE WINNERS OF THE Washington Post’s ANNUAL Mensa-STYLE INVITATIONAL, WHICH ONCE AGAIN ASKED READERS TO TAKE ANY WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY, ALTER IT BY ADDING, SUBTRACTING, OR CHANGING ONE LETTER, AND SUPPLY A NEW DEFINITION.

· Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

· Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

· Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future

· Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

· Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

· Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

· Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

· Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

· Glibido: All talk and no action.

· Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

· Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

· Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

· Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

· Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

· Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

The Post ALSO PUBLISHED THE WINNING SUBMISSIONS TO ITS YEARLY CONTEST, IN WHICH READERS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY ALTERNATE MEANINGS FOR COMMON WORDS. AND THE WINNERS ARE:

· Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

· Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

· Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

· Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

· Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

· Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

· Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

· Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

· Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

· Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

· Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

· Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

· Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

Thanks to PC

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sent as e-mail 2014-05-18

An English professor wrote the words: ‘WOMAN WITHOUT HER MAN IS NOTHING’ on the blackboard, and directed the students to punctuate it correctly. The men wrote, “Woman, WITHOUT HER MAN, is nothing.” The women wrote: “WOMAN!! WITHOUT HER, man is nothing!”

Thanks to HW and…

 

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