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Posted: 11 August 2008 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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I would have posted before, but was discouraged by my contribution being consigned to electronic oblivion by me pressing the wrong key.

I’m a forty-something builder, specialising in old buildings here out on the rim in West Wales.  Before I crossed the fence, I was an engineer in the Civil Service.  In between, I have done a stint in the wine trade. I’ve always been fascinated by words and etymology and have remained in “Pedants’ Corner”, as my friends and family call Wordorigins.org, since I discovered it. On the religion front, I like to think I’m a heretic. Oh, and I’m “one of those condescending unix computer users” (without the scruffy beard or the suspenders*).

*braces, (sorry, Eliza, I was quoting)

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Posted: 11 August 2008 02:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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I’m a software developer for one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S.  Dog training is my hobby, and I volunteer as a dog training instructor through the local dog club.  I’ve always been keenly interested in words and language, and etymology is just a natural part of that.

Religiously I am Eastern Orthodox, which of course means that I am a pelagian, mindless, swarthy, idol-worshiper, whose house smells of incense.

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Posted: 11 August 2008 08:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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I cannot remember what I may have said before (previous board).
I’m a late 60s retired tool & die maker, a 40 year serious researcher in antique American glass and currently restoring a 55 Studebaker.
I recently acquired a 1992 copy of the Compact OED, haven’t really used it yet, but am thrilled to have it available. I live in central Ohio and choose not to express my religious affiliation. Words and their origins and nuances have been an interest for decades.

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Posted: 11 August 2008 09:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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I miss Vivien.

So do we all :-)

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Posted: 12 August 2008 01:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Been associated with this group since April 3, 2002 (first post) - initially as a non-regular unregistered poster masquerading under a host of pseudonyms (most times ‘Skibberoo’). Nowadays, for several reasons (not least, “blind and naked Ignorance"), I’ve elected to be a regular lurker making only occasional short, sharp sorties of trivial import into the fray. Hardly miss a day.

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Posted: 17 September 2008 12:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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I don’t post here very often. I am British. I have a Ph.D. in German literature and little knowledge of linguistics and etymology. I was brought up and remain an atheist, but I have read the Bible from cover to cover and forgotten most of it. I’ve lived in Germany for 26 years, for 20 years teaching translation and other things (I’m also qualified as a lawyer). I am now a freelance legal translator. I’m 61.

Margaret

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Posted: 02 March 2014 06:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Oecolampadius - 08 August 2008 02:43 PM

As a militant-atheist I get extremely exercised about religion and now realise that this is not the place in which to do this especially after reading the above posts. Sorry for past transgressions in this regard! I get carried away sometimes.

For my part, a militant atheism is far better than a passive Christianity, which is what I deal with more days that I care to admit.  One of my great philosophical heroes is Ernst Bloch.  And then there is a dearly missed old friend Michael Harrington.

I didn’t mean to get this going in a religious direction.  Only to explain my reasons for my painful studies in Greek and Hebrew and to explain my nym.  But our explorations into that sometimes tendentious territory in this thread have been fun and enlightening.

I’m the son of coalminer & housewife and somewhat of an (started as Methodist - Buddhist at age 14 - final satanless/godless level at 45) Atheist.
Oh, FaceBook is my new vice.
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Oh yeah, I truly enjoy makin’ parodies.

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Posted: 02 March 2014 07:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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Welcome to the board, Tor. Christian, Jew, atheist, whatever our religion or lack thereof, we’re all passionate about words here and I’m sure you’ll fit right in.

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Posted: 02 March 2014 09:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Welcome aboard, Tor!

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Posted: 02 March 2014 10:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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Thank you, Aldiboronti & Dave.
Hey, Aldiboronti, howz come your ‘atheist’ didn’t get a capital A, Conservation of As Law...perhaps?

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Posted: 02 March 2014 01:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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It’s not standard to use a capital letter for the word so there’s nothing implicit in its absence. (I’m an atheist myself in fact.)

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Posted: 03 March 2014 05:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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I add my own welcome, but I hope you’re not going to make a practice of inserting images in your comments—it doesn’t really fit in with the site (unless, of course, it’s directly relevant to a discussion about words and their origins).

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Posted: 03 March 2014 08:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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aldiboronti - 02 March 2014 01:33 PM

It’s not standard to use a capital letter for the word so there’s nothing implicit in its absence. (I’m an atheist myself in fact.)

There ain’t - is one opinion, methinks - ‘tis.

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Posted: 03 March 2014 01:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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Tor Hershman - 03 March 2014 08:37 AM

aldiboronti - 02 March 2014 01:33 PM
It’s not standard to use a capital letter for the word so there’s nothing implicit in its absence. (I’m an atheist myself in fact.)

There ain’t - is one opinion, methinks - ‘tis.

I don’t understand what you mean.

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Posted: 03 March 2014 02:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Beats me too. Tor, you’ll be far better served if you post lucidly. And I second language hat’s comment about images in posts.

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