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Saturday, March 27, 2004

The Four Letter Word

The TETRAGRAMMATON yod-he-wav-he is the original four-letter word. And for a long time it was not even pronounced AS WRITTEN. I have written an article on the subject. Instead of copying the whole thing here, I'd prefer that you read it and post your comments here. Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Text Me!

If you understand the expression "FAX me!" you'd easily understand "text me!" "To text someone" is Filipino lingo that may just find its way into Webster's dictionary. It means, "to send someone a SMS message." I have a sister in Chicago who informs me that text messaging isn't popular in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Boondocks: A Tagalog Word In English

Dictionary.Com doesn't say much about the word "boondocks" except the following: boon·docks ( P ) Pronunciation Key (b n d ks ) pl.n. Slang Wild and dense brush; jungle. Rural country; the backwoods. [From Tagalog bundok, mountain.] The word probably crept into English via the American soldiers of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 22, 2004

The F Word

Dictionary.Com gives an interesting entry for the word "fuck" and it even involves Friars! (See highlighted words below) fuck ( P ) Pronunciation Key (f k) Vulgar Slang v. fucked, fuck·ing, fucks v. tr. To have sexual intercourse with. To take advantage of, betray, or cheat; victimize. Used in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

What's A Butch?

Dictionary.Com gives this meaning: butch ( P ) Pronunciation Key (b ch) adj. Slang Exhibiting stereotypically or exaggeratedly masculine traits or appearance. Used especially of lesbians and gay men. n. Slang. One who is butch. A haircut in which the hair is cropped close to the head. [Probably from... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

GAY

One of the English words that has changed a lot in meaning during the last hundred years is the word "gay". The Webster's Unabridged Dictionary give this meaning: gay adj 1: bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; "a cheery hello"; "a gay sunny room"; "a sunny smile" [syn: cheery, sunny ]... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 19, 2004

Imprimatur

I heard Sec. Lorenzo of the Department of Agriculture talking about what his department has been doing for the Philippine sugar industry. In one of his statements, he said: "When the President (GMA) gave her imprimatur, we..." The word means "Let it be printed" or "It may be printed." It derives... Sign in to see full entry.

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