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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:04 pm Post

EIGHT submissions in, and so far NOONE has gone the Space Pirate interpretation route....

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:08 pm Post

Nine now?

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:11 pm Post

[quote="VDGriesdoorn"]Nine now?[/quote]

TEN! (including yours - Thanks!)

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:17 pm Post

In the U.S. if you want to imply a doctor is incompetent, you can call him or her a "quack", like the word for a duck's sound (no idea where that comes from).

Is there a similar word or phrase in the UK, or do you also use that word?

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:19 pm Post

Yeah, we'd call him a quack. It probably stems from the US, but hey... you have better sitcoms.

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:27 pm Post

Pigfender scrap the first one resending in few moments, thanks

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:29 pm Post

Thought to be short for "quacksalver", used by Sir Thomas Browne in his Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1648) to describe a hawker of patent (and mostly useless) medicines.

Etymology is conflicted. The standard one is from the old German "Quacksalber", allegedly meaning "quicksilver"; mercury ointments were used to treat syphilis from the late C15 and didn't really work. Problem is that mercury is Quecksilber in German...

The other etymology says it's from "quack" -- the quacking noises of a medicine salesman flogging his wares from the back of a cart -- and "salve", then as now an ointment.

Either way, a damn good word.

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:32 pm Post

Interesting. Nice bit of info, Michael! Thanks for that. :)

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:45 pm Post

Okay revised copy sent off now thinks time for glass of wine.:)

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:54 pm Post

[quote="homeport"]Okay revised copy sent off now thinks time for glass of wine.:)[/quote]

JEALOUS!

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:55 pm Post

Excellent. Glad it's not just American slang. I'm done with the first draft (currently at 2,247 words). Going to take a short break and then do a quick edit and hope that it's sufficient. I should be submitting it in about 2 hours.

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:56 pm Post

Lol, let me know if I can do anything else to help, sigh will stick to one glass just in case:))

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:06 pm Post

Final edit submitted too. Good luck to the rest of you, guys!

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:17 pm Post

okay. missed the first deadline, running pellmell towards the second. on the last leg. a proof then final. 2 hrs tops. or, so i think. i thought i'd never make 1000 words. i like this character. :D

Oh! We weren't supposed to go there? :p

[quote="pigfender"]EIGHT submissions in, and so far NOONE has gone the Space Pirate interpretation route....[/quote]

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Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:22 pm Post

First deadline?! Isn't that about 3 1/2 hours away? Ack!