Welcome to the Wordorigins.org discussion forum. The purpose of the forum is to answer questions and conduct discussion regarding word and phrase origins and about the English language writ large.
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To help foster a lively and stimulating community, please observe the following rules of conduct:
1. No spam.
2. No ad hominem attacks. Ribbing in good humor is fine, just be careful not to take it too far.
3. No pornographic or racist comments. Discussion and use of “four-letter words” and racial terms are fine, so long as the discussion is conducted in a spirit of inquiry and with proper decorum.
4. No political or religious discussions unless they have to do with political or religious terms and usage. (The occasional side comment is fine, but this is not the place to espouse your political views or to save our souls.)
5. Posts that provide patently false information will be deleted. This forum is intended to provide accurate information on etymologies. It is okay to post speculation, cool stories, etc. But if you represent these as the truth they will be deleted. In other words, no trolling.
6. There is no rule #6.
7. Violation of the rules will result in deletion of the offending message. Multiple violations will result in banishment from the forum, condemning you to a life of friendless wandering in the nether reaches of cyberspace.
8. Use of pseudonyms and screen names is perfectly acceptable. However, posting messages under the name of another user will not be tolerated under any circumstances and will result in your immediate banning from the group. Notification of the abuse will also be sent to the offender’s ISP.
9. Dispensation for violations of the above may be given if I think they are really, really funny.
(Don’t worry. We’re a pretty tolerant group.)