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ulleskelf commented on the word tad
I like tad in the "small amount" sense.
May 6, 2009
ulleskelf commented on the word obelus
I wish more people used the obelus. Rather than 2/3 :(
May 1, 2009
ulleskelf commented on the word skidaddle
Another world of my childhood. There was a character in a comic who use to say it (I'm sure he was something to do with Thor, but it *was* a long time ago!).
October 12, 2007
ulleskelf commented on the word trouser
If we have a pair of trousers, is a trouser just one leg of them, cut off below the thigh?
ulleskelf commented on the word kakapo
A great word, for such a beautiful, tragic and nearly extinct animal. Many people, I'm sure, would have first found out about the kakapo through Douglas Adams' book 'Last Chance to See', and, to me, the word sounds like a race of creatures Douglas would have created for the 'Hitch-Hikers' books anyway!
ulleskelf commented on the word jape
ulleskelf commented on the word concatenate
I didn't even know this word existed until I was using Excel and found there was a function called this.
ulleskelf commented on the word gallivant
A word of my childhood. If we were going out for the day, we'd be off gallivanting, or as my mum used to say "going there and back to see how far it is."
ulleskelf commented on the word boffin
In tabloid newspapers, scientists are always boffins - "Boffins today discovered..." - especially if it's a not particularly serious piece of research. Boffins would never discover the cure for cancer, but they would tell us why toast always lands buttered-side down on the floor.
ulleskelf commented on the word beverage
Why use 'drink', when beverage is better?!
ulleskelf commented on the word antimacassar
I think this is my favourite word in the English language. I love the fact that it's a long word to describe something that everyone knows, but no-one knows the name of! It also reminds me of a big armchair in my late grandparents house. Definitely still used regularly on coaches and trains.
ulleskelf commented on the word banjaxed
I've only ever seen this word in print twice. Terry Wogan called a book of his "Banjaxed' in the 1970s/80s (I think the word, like Sir Terry, is Irish). Then Richard Curtis used it in the introduction to the film script for 'Notting Hill'. It's a great word.
ulleskelf commented on the word vestibule
Vestibule, in my world, only ever gets used on trains. The safety information is always posted at the end of each vestibule, according to the announcer.
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