Help with English

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Saint, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Saint Valued Senior Member

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  3. Baldeee Registered Senior Member

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    It is a joining of "e" meaning picture and "moji" meaning letter or character.
    Both are from the Japanese language.

    Some might think that it is a playful shortening of the English version "emoticon" which is a portmanteau of emotion and icon, but the similarity is purely coincidental.
     
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  5. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    flak = criticism
    Flak is not an original English word?
     
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    Flak comes from an abbreviation of the German word for an anti-aircraft gun.
    It then became the word for the explosives and shrapnel that those guns fired (in an attempt to damage the aircraft) - so the pilots would talk of there being a lot of flak in the air that they had to fly through.

    After the war it then began to pick up the metaphoric sense of criticism, probably first in the US.
     
  8. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    "in one time" or "at one time"?
    I can do all work in/at one time.
     
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    At one time.
    Although you should probably say: I can do all the/my work at the same time.
    Or you could say: I can do all my work in one go.
     

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