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Just in case you missed this:
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......m=226&15

It's not up as of 8:00am EST, but I'm waiting with baited breath.

Didn't think we'd ever know the answer to that one.
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How could we miss it? Kaufmann announced a couple of months ago that the revelation was coming.

But I'm sure the boards are gonna light up very soon.

What's your gut feeling?
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On 2011-08-10 08:15, landmark wrote:

It's not up as of 8:00am EST, but I'm waiting with baited breath.


Thomas Rockwell lives!!
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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It's out in the digital version, and it's a fascinating--and very convincing--article about the true identity of S.W. Erdnase.




Spoiler alert:


































David Alexander was right.
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Makes sense.
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On 2011-08-10 10:06, LobowolfXXX wrote:
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On 2011-08-10 08:15, landmark wrote:

It's not up as of 8:00am EST, but I'm waiting with baited breath.


Thomas Rockwell lives!!


Just so you guys know, this was EXTREMELY funny.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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You gotta explain this one to me.
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Regarding the OP, I imagine you were waiting with bated, not baited breath.

Thomas Rockwell was the author of the children's classic, "How to Eat Fried Worms."
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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If you were to eat worms then wouldn't you have baited breath?
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On 2011-08-11 14:11, Salguod Nairb wrote:
If you were to eat worms then wouldn't you have baited breath?


POINT!
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On 2011-08-11 14:07, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Regarding the OP, I imagine you were waiting with bated, not baited breath.

Thomas Rockwell was the author of the children's classic, "How to Eat Fried Worms."

Nice catch. I never knew that it wasn't baited.

But here's my dog ate the homework excuse:
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The correct spelling is actually bated breath but it’s so common these days to see it written as baited breath that there’s every chance that it will soon become the usual form, to the disgust of conservative speakers and the confusion of dictionary writers. Examples in newspapers and magazines are legion; this one appeared in the Daily Mirror on 12 April 2003: “She hasn’t responded yet but Michael is waiting with baited breath”.

It’s easy to mock, but there’s a real problem here. Bated and baited sound the same and we no longer use bated (let alone the verb to bate), outside this one set phrase, which has become an idiom. Confusion is almost inevitable. Bated here is a contraction of abated through loss of the unstressed first vowel (a process called aphesis); it means “reduced, lessened, lowered in force”. So bated breath refers to a state in which you almost stop breathing as a result of some strong emotion, such as terror or awe.

Shakespeare is the first writer known to use it, in The Merchant of Venice, in which Shylock says to Antonio: “Shall I bend low and, in a bondman’s key, / With bated breath and whisp’ring humbleness, / Say this ...”. Nearly three centuries later, Mark Twain employed it in Tom Sawyer: “Every eye fixed itself upon him; with parted lips and bated breath the audience hung upon his words, taking no note of time, rapt in the ghastly fascinations of the tale”.

For those who know the older spelling or who stop to consider the matter, baited breath evokes an incongruous image; Geoffrey Taylor humorously (and consciously) captured it in verse in his poem Cruel Clever Cat:

Sally, having swallowed cheese,
Directs down holes the scented breeze,
Enticing thus with baited breath
Nice mice to an untimely death.

[I’m indebted to Rainer Thonnes for telling me about this little ditty, which appears in an anthology called Catscript, edited by Marie Angel. However, it was first published in 1933 in a limited edition of Geoffrey Taylor’s poems entitled A Dash of Garlic. http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bai1.htm

The correct spelling gives the original metaphor, and thus a very particular usage. I wouldn't be surprised if the usage now, even when spelled correctly, also implies that the speaker is so eager for the event that s/he baits his or her breath to attract it.
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I see "whinge" so much lately and it wasn't until earlier this week I finally looked it up and discovered it was, in fact the British spelling of "whine". Guess I should stop being annoyed by it whenever I see it.

I still find no excuse for "theif", though. "I" before "E" people!
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I just had a flash of a Monkees episode where some gypsies accused Peter of being a thief.

Gypsy woman: "You can tell he's a thief, it's written all over his face."

(Close up of Peter's face with "theif" written across the forehead.)

Gypsy woman: "He's a good thief, but a lousy speller."
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On 2011-08-11 17:32, EsnRedshirt wrote:
I see "whinge" so much lately and it wasn't until earlier this week I finally looked it up and discovered it was, in fact the British spelling of "whine".


So are we supposed to pronounce "whinge" the same as "whine"?

Until the Internet, I had never seen whinge before, and I've always pronounced it (in my head) as written.

Curious that it should have been picked up by Americans. Usually words go in the other direction. I can only think of a couple of British terms that have migrated to the States. One of them, "shagging", I figure comes from the Austin Powers movie. In general, however, we Americans just don't speak British.
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You pronounce it as written. Whinge means the same as whine, but you definately pronounce them differently.
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Thanks. So it's not just a different spelling.

It's still odd that it somehow has caught on in the States. Cool! But odd.
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On 2011-08-12 07:55, stoneunhinged wrote:
Thanks. So it's not just a different spelling.

It's still odd that it somehow has caught on in the States. Cool! But odd.


I blame PBS.
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