Submitted by anna  •  September 5, 2004

Irregardless?

I have heard highly educated people use this word. Where did it come from and why do people use it? It seems almost as if they are uncomfortable using just plain old regardless and feel that the word should sound more complex or something, and so they say irregardless. I have never been able to figure out how this word was created. Any ideas?

Submitted by goossun  •  August 26, 2004

ab

Hi all. I’m back after a long time. I just finish a short movie and you don’t know what a pain I had, writing the dialogues in English. Anyway, is there any other word than “abnormal” which is negated with prefix AB? Of course there are obscure words like “abnegate”, but I mean the words that one really uses.

Submitted by marta  •  August 10, 2004

Flying (with) Colours?

Why are the colours flying in the idiom “to do something with flying colours”?

Submitted by marta  •  August 3, 2004

Five O’clock Shadow

I’ve always been baffled by the idiom ‘’five o’clock shadow’. It’s one of my favourites. Can you tell me what it comes from and who coined it?

Submitted by marta  •  July 21, 2004

Swinging a Cat

Does anyone know the etymology of the phrase: ‘’not enough room to swing the cat'’?

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