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I disagree with "online internet casinos" below.

Well, except that you really DO need quotation marks to make that HTML work correctly.

That's all.

And yes, you can quote me on that!

Bob September 24, 2004, 2:37pm

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To create special characters on the keyboard, hold the ALT key down and type the following number on the numeric keypad; then, release the ALT key.

Ç = 128
ü = 129
é = 130
â = 131
ä = 132
à = 133
å = 134
ç = 135
ê = 136
ë = 137
è = 138
there's more...
ñ = 164
Ñ = 165

There are plenty of pages which show the entire list of characters -- ¿, ½, ¢, £, °, etc. -- so I won't bother here.

Bob September 24, 2004, 2:03pm

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Bob September 24, 2004, 1:33pm

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Wait a minute.

Aren't we casually relegating those examples to the "eponym pile" without really examining and comparing them to the accepted eponyms?

An eponym is actually someone (not the new word) whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity.

The Cook Islands are named for Captain James Cook.

A joule is a unit of work, energy, or heat and is named after James Prescott Joule.

John F. Kennedy is an eponym simply for all the schools, the Kennedy Center, and other things which now bear his name.

I suggest there's a growing trend to add suffixes to people's names to create new words designed to identify the characteristics of that person to something or someone else.

Most examples of eponyms are not such concatenations.

We already accept Newtonian, so why not slap a suffix on someone's name to attribute that quality to something as well.

If there's not a name for this type of "word", there'll will be soon.

Bob September 23, 2004, 7:15pm

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"Bryan's, my brother's, car" refers to the car belonging to Bryan, your brother.

"Bryan, my brother's, car" refers to your brother's car which he has named Bryan.

Hey, I had a high school friend who owned an orange Datsun that he'd named Julius. Weird guy.

But, I would also agree that it's best to say, "My brother Bryan's car..."

Bob September 23, 2004, 6:39pm

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Regardless of the plurality of the word, do you consider the item singular...or the items plural? *

Eels is my favorite dish. (Eels is a "dish")
Eels are best served... (Eels ARE eels, after all)

Grits, although a "dish", is plural. Nobody can eat just one. Grit, that is.

Now, I'd love to see the Waffle House serve Eels and Grits, just on a lark, to see how this particular combo plate sells compared to Steak and Hash Browns. (I just don't want to be part of that focus group!)

* also, consider the "Ten Items or Less" sign in the supermarket. Should it be worded "Ten Items or Fewer"?

Bob September 23, 2004, 5:19pm

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Somehow, I cannot imagine the American teenage girl responding to her friend, "As though!"

Bob September 23, 2004, 5:03pm

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One who produces graffiti is known as a:


And, what would it take to make your tutee fruity?

Bob September 23, 2004, 5:00pm

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It's a confusion of tense. And then some.

(Are tense people confused?)

In the present, he "says". In the past, he "said".

If you have difficulty discerning the past and present, you might say "Last night, Joe came over and he says, ..." The added confusion comes from the elimination of the word "say" so everyone now "says" what they want:

He "says". She "says". And I "says". (But do They "says", too?)

Another explanation: it could just be an evil gypsy curse.

Bob September 23, 2004, 4:31pm

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More common is the phrase "talking out of my hat" as in:

"Now, I may be talking out of my hat, but I think..."; or

"Tell me if you think I'm talking out of my hat, but here's the real reason..."

Talking nonsense? More likely, talking without all the facts or making up stuff -- ad libbing -- if you don't know exactly what you're talking about.

That's what I think.

Of course, I may just be talking . . .

Bob September 23, 2004, 4:25pm

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