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#182845 - 02/23/09 02:10 AM Re: feuilleton [Re: olly]  
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So in Aotearoa you wouldn't call a transistor a valve. Is that what you're saying?

#182847 - 02/23/09 02:28 AM Re: feuilleton [Re: Faldage]  
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So in Aotearoa you wouldn't call a transistor a valve. Is that what you're saying?


Yep! Thats what I'm saying. As a youngster we had both a valve and transistor radios. Dad was an amateur radio enthusiast. He had an old army surplus unit about the size of a beer crate but twice as heavy. Fascinating machine!

#182850 - 02/23/09 11:42 AM Re: feuilleton [Re: olly]  
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Incidentally, it seems the electronic use of the term valve] sometimes takes the adjective thermionic. If there was no counterpart for the old-fashioned plumbing valve this would seem to be a case of the reverse of a retronym.

#182854 - 02/23/09 03:58 PM Re: feuilleton [Re: PastorVon]  
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Originally Posted By: PastorVon
Originally Posted By: Zed
No, silly, the drive is a place to store your car.


Actually, the drive is the place to park the car or to access the facility in which the car may be "store"d, i.e., the garage. ;^)


******Von, Zed, is that usage peculiar to North Carolina and British Columbia since I've never heard the term used that way

http://onelook.com/?w=drive&ls=a

....though "drive" is short for "driveway," used to mean a short paved road beside a dwelling, on which one is likely to park his car. Otherwise Laverne, who is much smarter than I, agrees we've never heard it used to mean a garage, etc


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#182873 - 02/23/09 11:09 PM Re: feuilleton [Re: dalehileman]  
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This thread is all too high feuilleton for my liking.

#182891 - 02/24/09 05:40 PM Re: feuilleton [Re: doc_comfort]  
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True, I was stretching it a bit. Driveway is where you park your car beside the house. A drive is usually a fancy version of road, usually a scenic one as in "It's the second driveway on the right off Cholmondley Drive."

#182892 - 02/24/09 05:49 PM Re: feuilleton [Re: Zed]  
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As some comedian pointed out:

Why is it we park on the drive way,
and drive on the parkway?


----please, draw me a sheep----
#182940 - 02/25/09 08:54 PM Re: feuilleton [Re: doc_comfort]  
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Originally Posted By: doc_comfort
This thread is all too high feuilleton for my liking.


Me too and though I can understand calling a rom a drive since some drives are really getting small

......I still say it would have been wrong to call a transistor a tube in accordance with some of the foregoing venue

...forgive me for the last one as I do sometimes incline to the facetious


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#182950 - 02/26/09 12:47 AM Re: feuilleton [Re: dalehileman]  
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Your incident is that you need to word a blank on your findom.

#183018 - 02/27/09 05:27 PM Re: feuilleton [Re: Faldage]  
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Your incident is that you need to word a blank on your findom.


http://onelook.com/?w=findom&ls=a


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