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« on: May 10, 2008, 09:17:38 PM »

Hopefully the first volume is locked at 400 posts and this fresh one will see us through for a while.

Today's word is ideal for the spelling challenged as there are three different spellings accepted in the dictionary for it.

The preferred spelling is FLENSE.

But, it lists FLENCE as a valid alternate.

As if that wasn't good enough, the entry for FLENCH reads "same as FLENCE".

Ok, but what does it mean? It's a verb and I have neved flensed / flenced / flenched before in my life.

If I would have flensed before, I would have been stripping blubber from a whale, a very big job indeed.

So, if you want to flense / flence / flench, I suggest finding a freshly killed whale. If he been dead too long, it will stink. If he ain't dead, they call it liposuction and he may not be in the mood for a fat slurpee.

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2008, 11:44:17 AM »

I have to admit that I have not flensed either, though I did strip the skin off a catfish this weekend.

Probaby not adequate training for flensing, but I had a whale of a time doing it.

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2008, 01:52:23 PM »

quote: ncjohn
...but I had a whale of a time doing it.

Sounds pretty fishy to meeee.  I think that you're tellin' 'fish stories.'  Tongue


Oh. I forgot to add. Asparagus with the steak - tartar with the fish, please.  Roll Eyes


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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2008, 01:57:56 PM »


quote: jsiegman
Hopefully the first volume is locked at 400 posts and this fresh one will see us through for a while.

Good thinkin'. Have not come upon the word 'flence' before. Merci beaucoup.



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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2008, 07:20:45 PM »


Oh. I forgot to add. Asparagus with the steak - tartar with the fish, please.  Roll Eyes

You can have all he spare gooses you want. 

And I'll have lemon and malt vinegar with the fish, especially if fried. Tartar okay but lotsa calories <hee hee>


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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2008, 11:27:22 PM »


quote: jsiegman
Tartar okay but lotsa calories <hee hee>

I am now specializing in finding substitutes for the jolly old sweets of yor.
'Yor' being a month ago. Have no problem with the three meals of the day,
it's the treats and goodies that I am finding possible to create, that is
helping a great deal. It's the 6 carb oatmeal bread that is a real winner,
because lunch remains the same. A sandwitch. 12grms carbs, total.
There's a low carb ketchup, too, that I need to track down.
Our supermarket no longer carries it.

Recipes Galore  Roll Eyes




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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2008, 10:48:52 AM »

Remember that web site for the milk we looked up?
They had a delivery service for not just milk, but groceries!
They carried tons of specialty things, maybe you should
peek back there a bit.

Just a thought!

I love the forms they offer...when you find a well made up
list of things, you could see if they might carry this stuff at
your grocery store.

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2008, 01:30:10 AM »

Remember that web site for the milk we looked up?
They had a delivery service for not just milk, but groceries!
They carried tons of specialty things, maybe you should
peek back there a bit.

Just a thought!

I love the forms they offer...when you find a well made up
list of things, you could see if they might carry this stuff at
your grocery store.


Hmmmmm. Think I'll have another look at that.
Yesterday, I ordered a case [12 bottles] of a
one carb ketchup. Our local supermarket no longer
carries same. I'm biding my time, til the 21st of May,
when the new WalMart's supercenter opens.


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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2008, 03:04:21 AM »


I'm biding my time, til the 21st of May,
when the new WalMart's supercenter opens.


Wal-Mart. Ugh.

I am running my own personal boycott against them. Ever since old Sam died and left it to his kids, it's been going downhill as far as their values are concerned.

Sam made a point out of buying Armerican-made products at a good price. He wouldn't sell cheap cr@p from the Orient unless he had no other choice. On the other hands, whole cities have been started in China that exist solely to supply WalMart with low price goods. I suspect that exporting jobs offshore is inevitable because folks in "emerging" nations are willing to work so cheap but WalMart did it to more people faster than most of the rest of the country put together. At least old Sam did what he could to keep jobs here.

If it makes any difference, I avoid Target too. French-owned, or at least a lot of it. Some stock still in American hands.

And K-Mart. They went downhill in the 80's and some of them have never recovered.

And pretty much every other overgrown superstore including Best Buy and other such places. I just don't like dealing with idiots. Most of the employees have no clue what they are selling.

I once took a piece of the kitchen faucet into a hardward store owned and run by an old man who had done so since about the time Noah climbed out of the ark. He asked how he could help me as I walked in the door. I reached into my pocket and pulled out the faulty piece. By the time I got to the counter, he already had the replacement sitting on the counter and another alternate replacement that he wanted me to consider since it was built better, laster longer, but cost a bit more. Over the years I went in there several more times and he always knew exaclrly what I wanted even when I didn't know what the thing was called and I had to describe it.

I also found a sump pump shop like that. It's all they sold was sump pumps. I went in with my dead one in a shopping bag once. He asked what I was looking for. I proceeded to pull it out. Before I even had it out of the bag, he had recognized it, Brand, Model, etc. and was reaching for the replacement which he had on the counter and was opening the box to show me before I even had the bad one all the way out of the shopping bag. I am fairly certain that I paid $15 or $20 more than I would have at K-Mart or Wal-Mart or whatever, but, I had no problems, no hassles, and didn't have to spend a lot of time looking for what I wanted.

It is sooooo nice to be served by someone that knows what the heck they are selling.

Oh, well, so much for my little rant.

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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2008, 10:53:52 PM »


Read your post, James. Have several thoughts to share, on same.
Be back, soonest.


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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2008, 11:20:25 AM »

As far as stores go, it is the size of some of the various stores that I find daunting.
Hiking to the back of a large store takes it out of me, especially on days
where the fibromyalgia is quite active. I'm not kidding when I say that I may purchase
one of those fold-able, lighweight stools, to pop in the grocery cart -
so that I can sit for a moment, and regroup, at the back of such stores.
[I find the flourescent lighting, and the movement all around me, difficult to "process."]
 
As little as 3 years ago, if I was in one of these very large stores,
I could hike around to find an item. Now, on some days, this is really hard to do.

But you know what? I'm going to start asking for a "map" of a given store,
with areas clearly marked - so that the customer can sit at their computer,
consult the map, and plan the shopping expedition.

I feel called to be a spokeswoman, for some of the, now aging, elder Boomers.
Just common sense things, to assist one to keep hiking to a minimum.
So I am going to ask, in each case, if a list of areas, in a given store, is available.
The best thing would be to have such a directory on the web.
This way, one could prepare for the expedition.

As to Walmarts, it reminds me of the 5 and dime stores, of my youth,
only much larger.

Kresge's and Woolworths.



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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2008, 12:41:00 PM »

Hmmmm.... Looks to me like James has hijacked his own brand new thread......

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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2008, 07:36:29 PM »

Hmmmm.... Looks to me like James has hijacked his own brand new thread......

I dunno, there was an awful lot of unfettered discussion that I can't claim.

Hmmm... unfettered... that could be the word for the day, especially since "fetter" is the word for today at dictionary.com.

Sure, let's do it. An easy one, perhaps even common enough that you have all run across is in the past.

Unfettered -- adjective -- to be without restrictions or bonds -- able to wander freely

I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that this word may have originated from the equestrian world. One common way of restraining an elephant was using a rope or chain tied to his leg just above the foot. Seems that horsees may have also been tied that way as well, especially before they were broken in with bridle and reins. Since the joint just above a horse's foot is his "fetlock" then it would follow that removing the rope or having no rope on the leg to restrain him could be called "unfettered." I repeat, that is just my own guess, I have nothing to support the validity of that hypothesis. Still, it sounds plausible.

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quote: jsiegman
Unfettered -- adjective -- to be without restrictions or bonds -- able to wander freely

I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that this word may have originated from the equestrian world. One common way of restraining an elephant was using a rope or chain tied to his leg just above the foot. Seems that horsees may have also been tied that way as well, especially before they were broken in with bridle and reins. Since the joint just above a horse's foot is his "fetlock" then it would follow that removing the rope or having no rope on the leg to restrain him could be called "unfettered." I repeat, that is just my own guess, I have nothing to support the validity of that hypothesis. Still, it sounds plausible.


I think that you're right, James. Shall have to give some thought
to words that come from a day and age where much was different
than the modern world. Hmmmm. This could be a gold mine of words.
My thought soares, unfettered, into the realms of an earlier day and age.  Smiley


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Unfettered -- adjective -- to be without restrictions or bonds -- able to wander freely



Ahh...the ultimate permission to hijack!   Cheesy

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« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2008, 11:26:32 AM »


Okay ladies, this one's for you. I don't mind not knowing this word since I ain't that kinda guy.


min·au·dière (mn-dyâr)

A small ornamental case for a woman's cosmetics, jewelry, or personal items that is often carried as a handbag.

In other words, a type of purse.

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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2008, 12:21:34 PM »

hmmmm...can not simply be a wallet then eh?
That is what i travel with...the other is quite girlie!
And i ain't that kind of girl either! The only time i
sport one is for travel to keep the id thingy all
together with tickets.

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quote: ncjohn
Ahh...the ultimate permission to hijack!   Cheesy

You are one verrrry funny man.  Grin


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« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2008, 06:51:51 PM »

quote: jseigman
A small ornamental case for a woman's cosmetics, jewelry, or personal items that is often carried as a handbag.

In other words, a type of purse.


I could probably encase my jewlery in a walnut shell.  Roll Eyes 
One thin gold necklace, a couple of pair of earrings
and that's it. A wedding ring is the sole jewelry
that I wear. I acutally had to buy a necklace, to go
with this long dress and coat outfit, that I wore for
my nephews wedding. I have no! idea where it is.
[I had no idea where the church was, either.  Roll Eyes ]
 
Since we are no longer in the work world -
with attendant social functions - and because
I tended to put 1/2 of the first floor - in a shoulder bag -
several years ago, I big adieu to a leather shoulder bag,
and went to this waist pack, which I use as a shoulder bag -
because there's not much room for other than the essentials,
I don't get the neck and shoulder aches.   

 

They were on sale for five dollars, so I bought two of them,
and haven't had to turn to the 2nd one yet.
Besides, in the supermarket, I can wend the carry
strap through the bars of the cart, so if
someone tried to make off with my "hangbag"
it'd take 'em 20 minutes to free the thing.  Tongue
 

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« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2008, 06:12:50 PM »

While reading in Don Quixote this afternoon, I ran across a word I've seen many times but had never really given any thought to the meaning of, nor had I ever seen it used on its own.

We've all seen the phrase "getting off scot free", but I for one had never given any thought to what the "scot" part of it might refer to. In the sentence I was reading, Don Quixote was referring to a custom that a knight-errant would never be charged a scot for his lodging. So I went and looked it up, though the meaning was fairly clear from the context.


Definition: scot (skät)

noun

money assessed or paid; tax; levy


And now you know....the rest of the story!

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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2008, 02:14:30 AM »

I like to learn "families" or "lists" of similar usage words.

Today's word is an add-on to the "ine' list. I think everyone is probably familiar with the first several entries I have heard most of these words used as both adjectives and nouns and apparently they all have that dual function.

canine -- dogs, wolves
feline -- cats (and not just the domesticated ones)
bovine -- cattle
kine -- cattle (not sure if it is the same as bovine or a separate group of genuses)
equine -- horses
porcine -- pigs
ovine -- sheep
ursine -- bears

I ran across one the other day in a crossword puzzle and had no clue. I finally looked it up and still had almost no clue and was more surprised to find out that it was not another animal, but a plant !!!!

ORPINE

Stone"crop`\, n. [AS. st[=a]ncropp.]

1. A sort of tree. [Obs.] --Mortimer.

2. (Bot.) Any low succulent plant of the genus Sedum, esp. Sedum acre, which is common on bare rocks in Europe, and is spreading in parts of America.

Lets see if I can link a picture --- delta-intkey.com/angio/images/crass404.gif

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Ohhh.. phooey. Link not auto but copy and paste to URL box works.
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« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2008, 01:53:40 PM »

Okay, so maybe the "ine" words in the last post were not new to you.

How about this one?

CAPRINE --- this one is for Goats

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« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2008, 05:52:45 AM »

Now I got another "ine" that I had no prior knowledge of.


BUBALINE --- of, or pertaining to buffalo

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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2008, 07:45:08 AM »

Now I got another "ine" that I had no prior knowledge of.


BUBALINE --- of, or pertaining to buffalo

JKS


So then some New Yorkers are Bubaline?

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« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2008, 11:53:13 AM »

Okay, try this one then.

NUMIDA -- guinea fowl

For a picture and more information on the breed, click the link

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.rarebreeds.co.nz/guineafowl2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.rarebreeds.co.nz/guineafowl.html&h=239&w=400&sz=18&hl=en&start=16&tbnid=zOZ38TBN0VFbCM:&tbnh=74&tbnw=124&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dguinea%2Bfowl%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den

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