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Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2021-09-15, 13:29
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Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I have long been familiar with the term "quack"...

I have long been familiar with the term "quack" meaning a medical charlatan. I had never bothered looking up the etymology.

I have now done so. And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but...
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2021-03-29, 15:43
Replies: 40
Views: 7,467
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Molly Ivins said of George W. Bush that his...

Molly Ivins said of George W. Bush that his efforts at speaking Spanish showed he was not bilingual, but bi-ignorant. The descriptor had previously been used by others, e.g.Jim Hightower, in...
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2021-03-28, 01:09
Replies: 40
Views: 7,467
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Here in the good ol' USA, "on thin ice" means...

Here in the good ol' USA, "on thin ice" means doing something decidedly risky or possibly foolhardy, such as the President giving a coherent answer to a question about the Senate filibuster rule. ...
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2021-02-02, 20:02
Replies: 40
Views: 7,467
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
The only tortes I've had were cake. Chocolate...

The only tortes I've had were cake. Chocolate cake. The kind of thing that's so rich, you gain weight just by looking at it, so you might as well eat it.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Huh. I've...
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2021-02-02, 14:55
Replies: 40
Views: 7,467
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
True by definition. There is a more interesting...

True by definition. There is a more interesting reason.[/QUOTE]If you mean, why they were originally given the names "cake" and "torte," I have no idea what the story is. Perhaps there is an amusing...
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2021-02-02, 13:18
Replies: 40
Views: 7,467
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Because those are their names. :rolleyes:

Because those are their names. :rolleyes:
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2021-02-01, 02:38
Replies: 40
Views: 7,467
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
In the good ol' USA, the expression "the public...

In the good ol' USA, the expression "the public square" is still in current use. In Chicago, Washington Square Park used to be an open-air forum which acquired the nickname "Bughouse Square." The...
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