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Author Topic: Wed., 5/20 Michael Dewey  (Read 1253 times)


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Wed., 5/20 Michael Dewey
« on: May 20, 2015, 08:36:30 AM »
THEME:   last word of phrase can precede SHOT (in basketball)
Start to fall?   PRAT   
Revolutionary sewer   ROSS [the seamstress not the conduit]   
South, in Soissons   SUD [but not across the Channel]   
But had ECRU been changed the ECCE and TSPS to TSAR there would have been no need to use a French word really unused in English.   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   


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Re: Wed., 5/20 Michael Dewey
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2015, 04:39:11 PM »
Merriam-Webster says the word "pratfall," meaning "a fall in which a person lands on his buttocks," dates from 1930. The word "prat," which means "buttocks," is an argot word dating from 1560-70. ("Argot" is a nice way of saying "We have no idea where the word comes from.") Around 1961, the word "prat" began to be used in Great Britain as another name for a stupid or obnoxious person. We need to enunciate clearly. Someone could easily mistake "Jack Sprat" for "Jack's prat." :)


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