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#174663 - 03/13/08 11:54 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Jackie]
tsuwm Offline
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Jackie, you know me -- I always like to leave 'em bumfuzzled, or raddled at a minimum.

-joe (inpulregafize your spirits) friday

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#174680 - 03/13/08 04:25 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: tsuwm]
The Pook Offline
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 Originally Posted By: tsuwm
the other is responding to a post with a really apt and/or witty reply only to discover that (often whilst you were actually composing) someone else pipped you by posting much the same reply -- yes, pipped at the post; exactly!

-joe (I expect by now I may have been pipped on this reply) friday


Don't you just hate that!

There should be a word for a post that is subsequently made anyway, even after discovering you been 'pipped at the post' in the hope that people might not notice the other one or might think yours is cleverer anyway.

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#174681 - 03/13/08 04:28 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Jackie]
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 Originally Posted By: Jackie
Olly, and all other newbumfuzzledcomers: mantled comes from the term 'wearing a cloak (or mantle!) of invisibility' (from some work of fiction, no doubt). I don't know why it became mantled instead of cloaked.

Pipped was a new one on me.

Yes, tsuwm, I know I mantled you, but.



It sounds similar to Professor Kingsford's (was that his name?) practice in The Paper Chase of 'shrouding' a first year student by no longer calling on them to answer a question.

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#174695 - 03/13/08 08:43 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Jackie]
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Edited by twosleepy (03/13/08 09:59 PM)

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#174697 - 03/13/08 09:05 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Jackie]
tsuwm Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Jackie
I don't know why it became mantled instead of cloaked.


maybe it's a matter of volition:
mantle - something that covers, envelops, or conceals: the mantle of darkness

as, mantling is something that usually* just happens, with no malice aforethought

*except when someone is trying to make a point!

-joe (going for that nothingest) friday

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#174699 - 03/13/08 09:38 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: tsuwm]
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And this thread is still getting more twistier.

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#174878 - 03/19/08 11:35 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: consuelo]
Zed Offline
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Isn't the mantle of invisibility from Princess Bride? At some point we switched from chopped liver to mantled in mid thread but it was some time ago.

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#174891 - 03/20/08 06:47 AM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Zed]
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It may well have been used in Princess Bride but I think it goes back farther than that. We got it from wordorigins and they're real good at this kind of question.

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#174904 - 03/20/08 03:04 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: Faldage]
twosleepy Offline
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inconceivable....

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#174907 - 03/20/08 07:09 PM Re: I may be a camera [Re: twosleepy]
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Inconceivable what?

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