Yup: A 'short' is strictly speaking when electricty takes a path
'shorter' than it is supposed to. Often with consequeneces.
Trouble is we have so many different terms for an 'open' circuit. e.g.
Break, open, disconnect (or 'dis'), bad-connection, failed contact,
wire-break, cut ..... etc. etc.
And that's the interesting thing about English and all the various
forms of it.
it is extremely flexible and we don't mind new variations and creating
new and ingenious words or expressions.
Every now and then someone will complain that their lingo is getting
'Americanized' or something. But their are many parts of the world
where English is spoken and used very differently.
And along with say the British flair for understatement and clever use
of double meaning Americans have a skill for clever and often brief
expressions which sum up a situation or thing. e.g. "All jazzed up",
or maybe, these days "Pimp my ride" ...............! A Brit. might
describe a major fight as say "A slight dust-up".
A bad situation may be described as "Down the toilet" or "Cannned". Or
something may be "Snookered" or "Creamed".
Then each generation will have our "Cool" or "Super" or "Smashing. And
of course SNAFU. WWII.
There was a situation in WWII after the USA entered after Pearl
Harbour, where the British had to advise their military 'From now on
the term US shall be applied, respectfully, to the forces and/or
members of our allies the United States'!
Previously the term US had been used for Unserviceable or even
Useless. International incident averted; maybe!
Along with regional words; here for example, an untrustworthy person
is a 'Sleveen" (Slee-vene). Probably old Irish; "Make sure you get
paid right away they are a right bunch of sleveens". Or exaggeration;
"A wonder bad day" or "The perfect storm"
This ability and willingness is unlike some (e.g. The French who are
concerned about the 'purity' of their language). English dictionaries
for what might be called the 'official' words are much larger; quite
apart from the multitude of local and 'slang' words we use.
Especially, for example, in Quebec, Canada. Where there is even
legislation about signs being in French AND some other language.
Imagine, say, a Vietnamese menu restaurant that 'must' also have their
sign in French and those letters 'must' be bigger than the 'secondary'
Consequently English is at the present a predominant world language,
not to the 'exclusion' of any other of course and gets a lot of it's
strength and utility from it's continuing ability to change and adapt
while retaining many of it's colourful (or is that colorful?) words.
Ah well 'tomAtoe' or 'tomARto' or whatever; words, descriptions, etc.
are great fun. Cheers.
Words and languages continue to change and evolve. Your first word,
"Yup", is only about 100 years old.
"The story of "yup" is a short one. "Yup" is simply an informal or
dialectical variant of "yes." The only surprising thing about "yup" is
that it apparently isn't older than it is. The earliest occurrence of
"yup" in print found so far dates only to 1906, although it may have
been in use orally for quite a while before then."
When "yo" was really big I was living about an hour outside of
Philadelphia. Almost all Toyota trucks tailgates where "fixed" by
removing the paint on the T,o,t,a so it just said "yo". That was after
they painted them all to say "Toy".
South philly "Yo" is like talking to "Rocky". Originally meaning "Hey You"
Yes, that's actually a lot more like it! There are a lot of "Ho's" here
too! Look at that sheet rock, it's got a ho here, and there. Damn even
my shirt has a ho in it. There is also some magical power where locals
can turn people into toads! Run out of gasoline and they might say "I
toad you!" Seems every time I'm wrong about something they "toad" me.
Isn't it bad enough that I made a mistake? Do they really have to Toad
That one is easy- dates from the greasy spoon diner days. Remember those
little green pads the waitress (yeah, they used to serve you at the
table) wrote your order on? And the big silver wheel thing hung in the
pass-through behind the counter, out to the kitchen? When the scary guy
out back pulled your order off the wheel, cooked it, and got done, he'd
set it on the pass-through ledge and holler 'Order Up!'. Each little
green slip was called an 'order'. For us techies, it is analogous to the
work order taped to a dead machine.
I was in such a place, couple years ago. The waitress would
holler "order up" and the cook would put the food on the
shelf, and reply "order up". Seems like one direction
should be up, and other is down? Since it was just the two
of them, it was less an issue.
Wow, my question started quite the thread... I bought a new outlet
and replaced what was in there. It was likely the original from the
50's (it used the screws, not a back stab). I popped in a new outlet
(and also used the screws and not the backstab) and everything is now
working. Everything looked okay with the old outlet, all connections
appeared okay, but something must have been up. Thanks!!
I have no idea if it is true, but I was once told 'kicked out' came from
the old-style thingamajig on power poles, that when it trips, there is
an actual arm that 'kicks out' beyond arc distance, to break the
circuit. I've seen them in the open position, on poles in older
neighborhoods, while wandering around looking at damage after a storm.
Very visible from the ground.
Could be BS, but is sounds plausible.
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