As I was sitting upon the throne this morning (the white one with the water
in it ) a stray thought passed into my head. Since it was lonley there in my
head I have decided to pass it along to the group so I cound get back to my
usual empty headed state. It seem this group could use some help in
achieving togetherness and I know just the thing. We should all have
matching T-shirts, the front would have a picture of a wood vise with the
logo "VISE SQUAD " the back could have "REC. WOODWORKING". Any thoughts, any
takers, we could probably get 'em cheap if we order enough copies. Larry
I am a nobody, and no body is perfect therefore I am perfect
Uh, which side of the planet is that? Vise is spelled vise no matter where
If you spelled it "vice" you'd have a pretty bad problem that might need
intervention, depending on the nature of your addiction.
Things like miter and mitre and meter and metre are variations of spelling,
but vise and vice are completely different words.
Australia here, but the same holds true for the UK.
No, they are variations of the same word.
According to the Shorter Oxford Dictionary (The most authoratative
dictionary of the English language, second only to the full version which is
so large and expensive few individuals can either afford or house it ) since
1500 the word "vice" has been used to describe "A tool comprised of two jaws
opening and closing by means of a screw, which firmly grip a piece of work
and hold in position while it is being operated upon; used esp[ecially] by
workers in metal and carpenters.
The word "vise" is given as a US variant.
Well, ok, I suppose that's possible, but here's what I get when I look in my
Webster's New World (I'm sure you'll get a kick out of that hehe)
(1st definitions only)
Vise: a device, usually fastened to a workbench, consisting of two jaws
opened and closed by a screw, lever, etc. and used for holding firmly an
object being worked on.
Vice: an evil or wicked action, habit, or characteristic, depravity or
corruption, esp. prostitution.
So, you tell me which one applies more hehehe
How 'bout VISE VICE SQUAD
"The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating
plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants."
George W. Bush
Any cartoonists in the group? How about a wild Rube Goldberg apparatus/
(wooden) with a cartoonish guy either trapped inside or standing next to it
with a taped thumb, arm in a sling, and a goofy grin.
On Mon, 04 Aug 2003 11:37:54 GMT, "Mike in Mystic"
Webster's is barely worthy of the name dictionary. He began by
recording the use of America rather than England (which is quite
reasonable), but he also wasn't above "improving" spellings in some
personal crusade to simplify spelling.
What's wrong with "mad" ? All the best dictionaries employ psychotic
killers as their compilers.
Read "The Surgeon of Crowthorne", for the story of the original
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I picked both volumes up for $20 at a flea market - Just about the only
decent thing I ever saw at one of those things.
There is a great book on writing the first edition of the OED - The Surgeon
of Crowthorne - apparently a fellow that wrote a lot of the entries was an
American murderer, in an institution in England - he went mad after serving
as a doctor during the US civil war. The full version of the OED not only
has definitions and derivation but it records the first time the word was
ever printed in English, this fellow (the American murderer) spent his time
going through mountains of books looking for the first instance of many
thousands of words.
I have a bit of respect for people I encounter, and don't plaster slogans,
logos or advertising on my clothing (except my own shopmark, tastefully
embroidered of the breast pocket)... I don't wear (where, ware, weir) T
shirts with writing. Neither do my kids. I leave that bit of societal
bonding, territorial marking, to the kids, and or course, "Old Navy".
Sorry. <ducking for cover>
I buy bundles of rags for 20.00. The shirts I wear when dealing with a
client are clean, embroidered with my shopmark, and cost plenty more than
19.95. My clients know from my appearance that I don't compromise on
anything - even before I open my mouth to say hello. T-shirt? Yea, right.
It's tough to be taken seriously by someone while wearing a dud T-shirt with
a faded slogan.
And on the Internet it is somehow tough to be understood as making a joke
when one refuses to use smileys. Without some explicit wink, kidding is
assumed as criticism. Yet, I persevere, ever striving to use well the
English language. That aside, I agree.
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