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the various uses of ‘out of one’s skull’



The phrase out of one’s skull means out of one’s mind, crazy.

The earliest instance recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED… 555 more words


Tuples, Dictionaries and Sets

Tuples are like lists in many ways, but there are some important differences. Unlike lists, tuples are immutable.
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meaning and origin of ‘forty winks’





forty winksa short sleep, especially during the day




Here, the noun wink means a closing of the eyes for sleep… 573 more words


‘Mr’-‘Mrs’ – ‘mister’-‘missus’: origin



Mr and Mrs were originally the abbreviations of master and mistress, while mister and missus (also spelt missis) are the renderings of the altered pronunciation of… 841 more words


‘Miss’-‘Ms’: origin

portrait of Mary “Moll” Davis (1675)
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The word miss, used as a title prefixed to the name of an unmarried woman or girl and as a form of address, was originally short for  1,103 more words


Sturgis's Law #10

Some while back I started an occasional series devoted to Sturgis’s Laws. “Sturgis” is me. The “Laws” aren’t Rules That Must Be Obeyed. Gods forbid, we writers and editors have enough of those circling in our heads and ready to pounce at any moment. 1,064 more words