Ask a question!

Please note: Updates to this site have been suspended due to my illness, as explained on our main page. I will therefore be unable to respond to questions (although you may receive an email confirming receipt of your question because I can’t remember how to turn it off at the moment).

I would strongly suggest that you send your question to Michael Quinion’s excellent World Wide Words site. He also maintains an extensive list of other language resources here.


Evan Morris



3 comments on this post.
  1. yvette jurado:

    I’m a server. For years the term ” in the weeds ” has been used in this field of work. It means that your so busy its hard to catch up. I’m so busy I’m in the weeds.

  2. Mike:

    And here I always thought cool beans was in reference to Jack and the Beanstalk. Had no idea it was such a complicated phrase.

  3. Joanne Flanagan:

    Husband and I were discussing the word STUB, for stubbed my toe, so wanted to make the comment that the only other thing I could think of was that after amputations, one has a STUB. So of course means the same thing as a what is left over after sharpening a pencil to the end, but every new definition article that came up said the same thing with pencil or object after having been shortened, I just wanted to say as far as stubbing your toe or whacking hitting bonking a knee elbow or shin is described, amputating a bodily limb leaving a stub may in some way correlate easier to some????
    Apologies for probably not relaying comment in correct place however I am legally blind and not very computer literate and got displaced to areas that would not allow me to comment so when finally showed this box, I did right here. Thank You for reading

Leave a comment