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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4425 on: August 01, 2020, 03:31:37 pm »
That there is such a brand as Zinsser paint  ;D
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4426 on: August 01, 2020, 03:56:59 pm »
I'm obviously being thick, or uncool, as I have no idea what's funny about this.  Zinsser is the leading maker of paints for difficult situations, such as stain blocking, or unstable surfaces.  I've just used 2.5 litres of 1-2-3+ to stop the stain in some tacky sapele veneered doors leaching into the paint I'm applying.

To me, your comment is a bit like "Hey, did you know there is a car maker called Honda".  Other opinions are of course available...
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4427 on: August 01, 2020, 04:06:25 pm »
See the post above mine...
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4428 on: August 02, 2020, 09:48:18 am »
That the word 'Dord', with the definition 'Density', was printed in Merriam's New International Dictionary from 1934 for 7 years. A lexicographer had sent a slip reading 'D or d, cont./density' indicating that 'Density' should be added to the list of words that could be abbreviated by upper or lower case 'D'. 

A ghost word rather than a mountweazel.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_word
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictitious_entry

Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4429 on: August 02, 2020, 09:56:24 am »
The word 'mountweazel'

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4430 on: August 02, 2020, 11:19:54 am »
That the word 'Dord', with the definition 'Density', was printed in Merriam's New International Dictionary from 1934 for 7 years. A lexicographer had sent a slip reading 'D or d, cont./density' indicating that 'Density' should be added to the list of words that could be abbreviated by upper or lower case 'D'. 

A ghost word rather than a mountweazel.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_word
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictitious_entry


The French word for event is évènement, but for centuries the received spelling was événement, because the printer of the Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française ran out of è blocks and used an é instead.  Only in the 20th century did the correct spelling appear, but either spelling is still acceptable.

And in a similar vein, the "number of the Beast", 666, was 616 in the original (Greek?) text but was mistranscribed.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4431 on: August 02, 2020, 01:03:01 pm »
See the post above mine...

Ah! Sod's law, it was on the previous page...  I've just finished a 2.5 litre tin of Zinsser 1-2-3+ paint which cost £46...  They make the only paint which covers smoke damage on buildings, very handy for my previous career in local authority building maintenance, when tenants keep managing to set fire to tower blocks...
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4432 on: August 03, 2020, 10:46:56 am »
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly was a prequel.  So what did Clint do with the money?
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4433 on: August 04, 2020, 11:57:39 am »
The term "fladdering", a type of deburring, originally using a "Fladder" machine.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4434 on: August 05, 2020, 09:45:23 pm »
That there is an electronics measurement equipment company called "Wayne Kerr Electronics".
It's not even someone's name so there is no excuse. It named after the founders favourite film stars Naunton Wayne and Deborah Kerr.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4435 on: August 06, 2020, 09:29:18 am »
It's not even someone's name so there is no excuse.

I can't believe that's an accident.

I used to think Sandy Balls (as in the New Forest holiday resort) was a comedy made-up name but apparently it's genuine and dates back hundreds of years.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4436 on: August 06, 2020, 10:18:16 am »
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly was a prequel.  So what did Clint do with the money?

Put Lee van Cleef in cryo so that he could be resurrected for For A Few Dollars More.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4437 on: August 06, 2020, 11:24:13 am »
It's not even someone's name so there is no excuse.

I can't believe that's an accident.

I used to think Sandy Balls (as in the New Forest holiday resort) was a comedy made-up name but apparently it's genuine and dates back hundreds of years.

And then of course Ed Balls the former politician always used to joke about his sister, Ophelia.


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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4438 on: August 06, 2020, 04:03:28 pm »
That "avocado" derives from the Aztec word for "testicle" and that "guacamole" means "testicle sauce"".
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4439 on: August 06, 2020, 04:30:59 pm »
That "avocado" derives from the Aztec word for "testicle" and that "guacamole" means "testicle sauce"".

Hey, I knew that one!  :smug:
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4440 on: August 06, 2020, 06:16:27 pm »
That "avocado" derives from the Aztec word for "testicle" and that "guacamole" means "testicle sauce"".

Bollocks!

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4441 on: August 07, 2020, 03:17:29 pm »
I don't think the avocado one is quite right. It would seem that the word comes from the the Nahuatl word for 'Avacado', and the Nahuatls also used that word as a slang term for 'testicle'. That's what my part of the internet said anyway - I've mislaid my Nahuatl-English/English-Nahuatl dictionary.

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4442 on: August 07, 2020, 03:30:31 pm »
That in the Juchitán Zapotec language, the word nahuati means 'foolish' or 'idiot'.
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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4443 on: Yesterday at 08:32:33 am »
Painting eyes on a cow's bum scares off lions.
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