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#217959 - 08/05/14 09:57 PM Re: STROPPY in the seventeenth summer of hisdiscontent [Re: jenny jenny]
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STROPHY - an ancient Greek athletic honor, sung by the losing contestants as they move from right to left

STOPPY - wail of despair uttered by a three-year-old as he watches his little red wagon plunge down the hill unattended

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#217965 - 08/06/14 08:53 AM Did the Fuggers Originate Pettifogging? [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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pettifogger

PRONUNCIATION: (PET-ee-fog-uhr)
MEANING:
noun:
1. A petty, unscrupulous lawyer.
2. One who quibbles over trivial matters.

ETYMOLOGY:
From petty (small) + fogger, perhaps after Fuggers, a Bavarian family of merchants in the 15th and 16th centuries. Earliest documented use: 1564.
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PETRIFOGGER - a student who manipulates the findings found in a Petri Dish simply to gain favor with his biology teacher who is a jerk.

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#217970 - 08/06/14 02:58 PM "Who the Dickens cares?" - Nicholas Nickelby [Re: jenny jenny]
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PETTIFOLGER - a very small Latte (var. PETITFOLGER)

PETTIFORGER - a counterfeit crinoline

PESTIFOGGER - sprayer for mosquito control

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#217972 - 08/06/14 03:59 PM Any friend of Nicholas Nickelby is a friend of me [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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PETTIFLOGGER - is what I am.
Wofahulicdoc is the master flogger and he's back so don't turn your back.

PETTILOGGER - a lumberjack with a flat tire and no jack.

PETTILAGER - heavy beer misbrewed

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#217979 - 08/07/14 08:15 AM Re: Any friend of Nicholas Nickelby is a friend of me [Re: jenny jenny]
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PHILADELPHIA LAYWER

PRONUNCIATION: ((fil-uh-DEL-fee-uh LOI-yuhr)

MEANING: noun: A shrewd lawyer, one who is adept at exploiting legal technicalities.

ETYMOLOGY: The term is said to have been inspired by Philadelphia-based Andrew Hamilton's successful defense of the New York printer John Peter Zenger from libel charges. This decision helped establish the idea that truth is a defense in a libel accusation and affirmed the freedom of the press in America. Though the incident took place in 1735, the earliest documented use unearthed so far is from 1788.

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THOUGHT FOR TODAY: No amount of belief makes something a fact.
- James Randi, magician and skeptic (b. 1928)

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PHILASELPHIA LAWYER - an egotistical attorney

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#217987 - 08/07/14 01:25 PM egotistical attorney -a redundancy worth repeating [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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PHILADELPHIA LAYWEAR - what you wear in when stuck in Philadelphia.

W.C.Fields: "I spent a year in Philadelphia once...yes, I'll never forget it...it was on a Sunday".



Edited by jenny jenny (08/07/14 01:43 PM)
Edit Reason: Oops! Lawyer doesn't transmute into Laywear but I'll leave because I like the joke.

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#217990 - 08/07/14 01:51 PM Re: egotistical attorney -a redundancy worth repeating [Re: jenny jenny]
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PHILABELPHIA LAYWER - the philadelphia lawyer who cracked the bell.

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#218002 - 08/08/14 07:39 AM Re: egotistical attorney -a redundancy worth repeating [Re: jenny jenny]
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PHILADELPHIA LAYER A hen that produces cracked eggs.

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#218003 - 08/08/14 08:38 AM Bailiwick Trick [Re: Tromboniator]
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bailiwick

PRONUNCIATION: (BAY-luh-wik, -lee-)

MEANING:
noun: A person's area of expertise or interest.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English bailliwik, from bailie (bailiff), from bail (custody), from Latin baiulare (to serve as porter) + Middle English wick (dairy farm or village), from Old English wic (house or village), from Latin vicus (neighborhood). Ultimately from the Indo-European root weik- (clan), which is also the forebear of vicinity, village, villa, and villain (originally, a villain was a farm servant, one who lived in a villa or a country house), ecumenical, and ecesis. Earliest documented use: 1460.

USAGE:
"Ms. Sarah Palin took the extraordinary step Tuesday of filing an ethics complaint against herself, making the matter fall within the bailiwick of the personnel board. Her lawyer Mr. Van Flein then asked the Legislature to drop its inquiry."
Peter S. Goodman and Michael Moss; Alaska Lawmakers to Seek Subpoenas in Palin Inquiry; The New York Times; Sep 6, 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Pick a flower on earth and you move the farthest star. -Paul Dirac, theoretical physicist (1902-1984)
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JAILIWICK - city jail for malapropists

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#218017 - 08/08/14 06:46 PM It's a googly ! [Re: jenny jenny]
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BALLIWICK - the Game of Cricket, after Madison Avenue gets done with it

BRAILIWICK - a kerosene lantern for use by the blind

BASILIWICK - where to get information about a fantastic snakelike monster with venomous fangs and a petrifying stare

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