Forte Pronunciation

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  1. As a sport fencing coach, I always try to instruct my students that the bottom/strong part of a fencing blade is the forte (pronounced as you say with ONE syllable).  For what its worth, the upper/weak part of the blade is the foilble. (Next lesson?)
    You are now a hit with the sport fencing community as well.

  2. rijk says:

    I see a really big contradiction here.
    On the one hand your Lessons are on etymology, but on the other the change the word forte is undergoing should be denied, shouldn’t you bee [rooting] for this?

  3. leonard says:

    protecting my fort :razz: enough, right :!:

  4. Chemikal says:

    Fine work!
    What, you cook?
    Nooo wayyy =))
    I have yet to discover my fort, but that only leads me to believe that it is something great, something I haven’t tried before. Maybe… driving a space shuttle? Or flying? We shall see :D

  5. groundzero523 says:

    I hope this doesn’t get me banned, and I mean this sincerely, I am a ManWhore. I cook, I clean, I take care of chores and menial tasks, look after animals, and keep things in general order for my roommates up here in Canada. I openly use that term, though I know it isn’t real, and openly admit to being it. I love my roommates like extended family, so it’s all good for me ;)

  6. mrchex says:

    Oh i forgot! about your cooking! My Ukrainian fried treats me to vereniki now and again. His mom seems to be the local famous supplier. Do you like vereniki? if so what are your favorite ingredients?

    You may reply to this comment on the reply link below. Or since you have all my personal data, you could make an apointment and stop by
    or drop it in the mail. The reply link is probably most simple, though not as much wrought with intrigue.

  7. mrchex says:

    Well your tummy looks very nicely fit and it was nice to be able to listen to this and admire your lithe, willowy, gastrointestinal casing and discover yet again the confusions created by english and french interrelations.

    oh yea. Forte was the word. I didn’t know it’s background. thanks. I had no idea but definitley had the musical Forte mixed up like everyone else.

    My forte is I am just too damn funny.

  8. apollo says:

    I heard a word that i hadn’t in many years. Can you give me the origin of the word “crud”?

  9. fishymack says:

    My forte is home brewing and making waffles.

  10. nw2394 says:

    Well, Marina, if your forte is that you’re a good cook, when we all know you’re a good teacher – and a good looking one as well – then – all I can say is, “take me to heaven, I wanna eat your food right now”.

    Nick

  11. I would be interested in the origin of the word “whore”. Sorry for the explicit wording. :-)

    xor

  12. dustinsanity says:

    Wow. A lot has been posted since I requested. As requested, Marina, I’d like to know the etymology of the phrase “no holds barred.” I know it means something to the effect of “at maximum performance,” or something of the like, but using an old English word “hold” as a noun is a little nostalgic, don’t you think? Where, exactly did this “no holds barred” phrase originate? I’ve been wondering this for years, literally. :shock:

    • cherrybomb says:

      “No holds barred” is an easy one. It is from wrestling, where some holds are illegal. In the ancient Olympic sport of pankration, I belive that only eye-gouging was disallowed.

  13. James says:

    ★★★★★

  14. reekzilla says:

    i thought “@” was called the “around” sign
    not the “at” sign

    • foxbow says:

      :roll: huh….Under what rock have you been living lately…anyway, in dutch we call it apenstaartje which literaly means monkeytail :lol: kinda funny

    • cherrybomb says:

      “at” is as good a word as any for the symbol. It was originally used for commercial transactions as in “Sold 30 haxes @ 10 for 300 total”. Most early typewriters were used in commerce, and they had a special key for it because it was used so much. The usage died, but the key remained as a relic on keyboards until the internet revived it.

  15. reekzilla says:

    what about AA AAA C and D batteries?
    why no B batteries

  16. jeholopterus says:

    Marina,

    Here’s a strange request. Can we invent some new words here?

    I don’t think there’s a word yet for this little game all grown-ups play with little children. One may start ‘bibbling’ his own lips with the index finger while making a noise. The other will usually reply in kind to everyone’s amusement. Is there a word for this? If not, let’s make it: “bibble.”

    A grown man can also make this sound without using an index finger.

    When a man makes sounds wihile playing between a big woman’s breasts, they usually call this, “playing motorboat.” But we need a word for this. Let’s make it: “booble.”

    Women almost never make this sound. But it is heard on old cartoons when a character’s brain has just had an overload.

    What other things do we do without having a word for them?

    • mijj says:

      how about a word for when you leave your front door, then walk a few steps then think “damn! i forgot to lock the door” then you turn round and walk back, then you think “oh! .. yeh .. i did lock the door” .. then you turn round again and go on your way? (presumably baffling onlookers)

  17. Marina says:

    I have uploaded the video to YouTube 3 times now.. and it won’t process… I have no idea what is happening. As soon as it processes I will make it live… so any minute now. :evil:

  18. americanrm says:

    Would you care to take a sensuous stab at the word “Lascivious?”

    Many thanks and best wishes.

    Bob

  19. faubracht says:

    I have a word and I’d like to see the full history (entimology?) of it. The problem is that it’s a bit of a dialect word.
    In the NE of England we have a word for a woman which is “Bint” (a slightely derogatory word). The strange thing is that I have found the same word in an Ancient culture, meanning a “bad woman” that was located thousands of miles away. Can you tell me the progression?
    Love n hugs
    Fau.

  20. brianbjhoward74 says:

    Would like ou to do the word NAMASTE please

  21. Che Volay says:

    Hey mijj, do you sound like John Lennon (68th B-day today) when you talk? :cool:

  22. animalntaz says:

    Well, I can honestly say that English is NOT my forte….. I’ve always been more of a math person.

  23. mijj says:

    hey .. where did everyone go? .. are you all hiding?

    HEY!!

    .. {… checks inside HFW trashcan …} .. nope .. not in here.

  24. How about a definition of “whipsock”…

    Thanks,
    karl and the girls

  25. mijj says:

    dang .. what’re the rules M uses for decidin to make a new vid public?

    … drops below 24 in popularity is it?

  26. James says:

    Another origin.

    “cotton”

  27. sovereignty says:

    Is ‘rational -> rationale’ another example of adding ‘e’ from borrowed French words? By the way, in the sport of fencing, forte means the bottom of the blade (the stronger part of it) and foible means the top of the blade (the weaker part of it).

  28. bobsully says:

    I will make you proud. :D

  29. jerseydude says:

    My forte would be sports knowledge, trivia, mainly football. Been that way since I was a kid. I’m also a die hard New York Giant fan. Been one my whole life. :cool:

    I’m also good in math, but I hate it. Its kinda hard to explain, to be good at something you hate. I guess all that number crunching just gives me a headache. :razz: :lol:

    Anyways, could you look up the origin of the phrase “Fifteen Minutes of Fame”? I’ve always wondered exactly where it came from. I’ve heard that phrase quite a bit and always wondered where it started.

    Great site btw. If only some of the female teachers I had would’ve adopted the same concept, maybe I would’ve paid a little more attention in school. :wink: :razz:

    Have a Good Day. :cool:

  30. James says:

    Marina.. Perhaps you could investigate the word pursue and purse.. do they have anything to do with each other?

  31. mijj says:

    Hey! … Fianchetto1 subbed too!!! :!: :lol:

    that’s great mr. fianchetto ..

    i’ll take any pity subs that are going too .. i ain’t proud!
    :grin:

    • Fianchetto says:

      Still curious to see what’s next… :grin: will it be 3? 4? 2.5? e?

      • mijj says:

        i’m gettin my music prog out and havin a doodle round for 3.

        It’s going to be new ground .. it’s going to be ..

        aha!!! {.. keeps schtum ..}

      • mijj says:

        i had another idea for a simple YouTube thing …

        .. a limerick thing where .. you display a line and ask for the next line in the comments …

        the next day you add one of the lines form the comments and ask for the next ..

        waddya think?

      • Fianchetto says:

        could be fun, you’d have to start over every 5 days… I think it would be fun at first, but get old quickly, but then, you never know. I would think that most people would simply finish the thing rather than stop with one line, though.

      • mijj says:

        oh .. but .. the person who puts up the limerick vid picks the next line …

        i.e …
        day 1 vid :
        —————————————————-
        There once was a thing from somewhere
        (suggest the next line in the comments)
        —————————————————-

        then one of the lines from the comments is picked
        day 2 vid
        ————————————————–
        There once was a thing from somewhere
        Which fell down, i think .. over there
        (suggest the next line in the comments)
        ————————————————–

        … etc.

      • mijj says:

        not goin for it yet cos i’m still strugglin to get to grips with Flash .. but .. the idea’s floatin.

        :)

        once i’ve got a rhythm then i’ll give it a shot. … just wanted to test the idea.

    • Fianchetto says:

      OK, mijj I foung the program that generates a sierpinski gasket … I wrote it a long time ago in QBASIC. I can’t run it under windows Vista, and can’t send it as file attachment to your youtube channel.

      • mijj says:

        do you have it as a runnable prog that generates a graphic?

      • mijj says:

        is that the fractal triangle thing, btw?

      • Fianchetto says:

        Actually is a hexagram, but can be easily converted to a triangle by commenting out 3 branches.

        No, is not an executable, you need a BASIC interpreter to run it.

        is a pretty nifty concept pick a random start point, then a random target on the circumference of a circle. go to a point a fraction of the distance in the direction of the target and mark it. randomly pick another target, go same fraction distance toward it, mark it. lather, rinse repeat.

      • Fianchetto says:

        10 CLS : SCREEN 12, 1
        20 PSET (320, 0), 1: PSET (0, 480), 1: PSET (640, 480), 1
        30 x = INT(RND * 640) + 1
        40 y = INT(RND * 480) + 1
        41 i = 0: CONST pi = 3.141592654#: r = 200: fract = .4
        45 PRINT x, y: a = x: b = y
        50 ax = 320: ay = 40: CIRCLE (ax, ay), 3, 3
        60 bx = 493.2: by = 140: CIRCLE (bx, by), 3, 3
        70 cx = 493.2: cy = 340: CIRCLE (cx, cy), 3, 3
        75 dx = 146.8: dy = 340: CIRCLE (dx, dy), 3, 3
        76 ex = 320: ey = 440: CIRCLE (ex, ey), 3, 3
        77 fx = 146.8: fy = 140: CIRCLE (fx, fy), 3, 3
        79 PSET (a, b), 3: CIRCLE (a, b), 3, 3
        80 v = INT(RND * 6) + 1
        85 ‘FOR pause = 0 TO 10000: NEXT pause
        90 IF v = 1 THEN GOSUB 1000
        100 IF v = 2 THEN GOSUB 3000
        110 IF v = 3 THEN GOSUB 4000
        111 IF v = 4 THEN GOSUB 2000
        112 IF v = 5 THEN GOSUB 5000
        113 IF v = 6 THEN GOSUB 6000
        115 i = i + 1
        120 x = nx: y = ny: IF i < 50000 THEN GOTO 80 ELSE GOTO 10
        130 END
        1000 nx = ax + ((fract) * ((x – ax)))
        1010 ny = ay + ((fract) * ((y – ay)))
        1020 ‘LINE -(nx, ny), 1
        1021 PSET (nx, ny), 1
        1030 RETURN
        2000 nx = bx + ((fract) * ((x – bx)))
        2010 ny = by + ((fract) * ((y – by)))
        2020 PSET (nx, ny), 2
        2030 RETURN
        3000 nx = cx + ((fract) * ((x – cx)))
        3010 ny = cy + ((fract) * ((y – cy)))
        3020 ‘LINE -(nx, ny), 4
        3021 PSET (nx, ny), 4
        3030 RETURN
        4000 nx = dx + ((fract) * ((x – dx)))
        4010 ny = dy + ((fract) * ((y – dy)))
        4020 ‘LINE -(nx, ny), 5
        4021 PSET (nx, ny), 5
        4030 RETURN
        5000 nx = ex + ((fract) * ((x – ex)))
        5010 ny = ey + ((fract) * ((y – ey)))
        5020 PSET (nx, ny), 6
        5030 RETURN
        6000 nx = fx + ((fract) * ((x – fx)))
        6010 ny = fy + ((fract) * ((y – fy)))
        6020 PSET (nx, ny), 7
        6030 RETURN

      • Fianchetto says:

        Actually, I think all is needed to make a triangle is to change RND*6 to RND*3…

      • mijj says:

        bloody ‘ell .. it’s been years since ive seen basic ..

        ah .. those line numbers! :lol:

      • pedantickarl says:

        Fianchetto and mijj, did you know QB / QBasic has not required Line Numbers since about 1983 or so?

        Fianchetto, I removed most of the line numbers and modified the loop to include a keyboard breakout as my PC is way too fast to exit the brute force way.

        IF i < 50000 THEN
        a$ = INKEY$
        IF a$ = “x” THEN GOTO endpgm
        GOTO 80
        ELSE
        GOTO 10
        END IF

        endpgm:
        END

      • Fianchetto says:

        Yes, but I learned it that way, and they make good flags for me. It was a leap to go to C and C++. :grin:

    • Bob says:

      The Limerick thing sounds like ribald fun.
      Now there’s an interesting Word (Request)!
      How did it go from meaning a lowly servant, via irregular troops and low, base, worthless fellows, to become (one who uses) offensive, abusive, scurrilous or impious language?
      Hotforwords should investigate.

  32. GREG says:

    Hey anyone from So. Cal The Temecula Rod Run is this weekend.
    The Temecula Rod Run features great old classic cars, music, vendors, food, awards, and shopping along the quaint streets of Temecula’s Old Town. The event kicks off on Friday Evening with a car cruise down Old Town Front Street starting at 5:00 pm. Saturday, October 11 is the Car Show in Old Town from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Car Show events on both days are free!

  33. cboranian says:

    A good cook? That’s not your only forte Marina. Not to mention your assets.

  34. bramallblade says:

    I would like to request the word ‘kerfuffle’ please. (3)

  35. mijj says:

    ok … here it is, the exciting follow up to the new mysterious YouTube series…

    to recap: [first installment]

    the new one:
    [second installment]

  36. mijj says:

    help please, someone who knows YouTube .. especially you, Marina, if you’re looking …

    … how do i upload a vid so it’s a response to my previous vid?

  37. osiris999 says:

    моя сильная сторона. Международный похититель диаманта!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!! :mrgreen: : :twisted:

  38. nighteye says:

    My forte is is my intelligence – analysing everything and making usually unasked-for suggestions on how to make it better.

  39. barmar says:

    Marina, why are “overlook” and “oversee” opposites, when “look” and “see” both mean almost the same thing?

  40. wonkerine says:

    Marina – Please do the word…disengenuious .

    As in,”My friend told me that he goes to the Hot For Words website strictly for it’s educational value but I think he was being disengenuious.”

  41. excited4etymology says:

    The correct answer is, “I could NOT care less”, for if you say “I COULD care less” it suggests that you do in fact care.

  42. ebonygypsybear says:

    My Forte would be to make people laugh and help people feel better.

  43. droodood says:

    Hi Marina!
    I have a word request. I am wondering about the word “mow” as in “mow the lawn” I can’t think of any other uses for this word except in an action movie where someone “mows ‘em down” with a machine gun, but that seems to be basically the same usage only in a metaphorical sense. what can you tell me about the word “mow”?

  44. cufan71 says:

    Good luck on your radio show Marina! Can’t wait to hear it!!! :cool:

  45. pedantickarl says:

    Quote of the day: (see lower right page)

    “Love is friendship set on fire.” – Jeremy Taylor

    Now, that’s Hot. :smile:

  46. morimoto says:

    hey Marina hey all ! great lesson.
    But now as for getting into my field, i’m able to … mind a bit your Ps and Qs :wink: …it is not really important but i think it’d be a nice addition.

    1) the french pronounciation for ‘fort’ is [for] instead of [fort]. it’s also an adjective as you said. So the feminine form is forte, pronounced as[fort]. (remember that in french, adjectives have to agree with the nouns)

    2) “fort”, “local” and “moral” are a bit more special ; they’re all BOTH the masculine form of an adjective AND a noun. (So it’s not absolutely true that English turned them into nouns .. cause they already were!)

    Moreover, “moral” is still more special than the other 3, i.e. “morale” also exists as a noun, and its meaning is completely different from the noun “moral” … For your homework, find the difference :mrgreen:

    Note : incidentally, i’d be so glad if someone could tell me what the difference is between an addictive form and an adjective form. thanks!

  47. David says:

    Bonjour Marina(e),

    To be nounized or not to be nounized… that is the question. :lol:

    One of my fortes is also cooking… especially impromptu, ad hoc, shoot from the hip kinda-things… like let’s make something tasty from what we have on hand.

    Another forte is making art from other people’s “throw-aways”…
    http://www.bikengruvin.com/slide.htm

  48. r1wolf says:

    You cook too… Wow, gorgeous, intelligent, and cooks :mrgreen:

    I guess my fortes would be mathematics and driving/riding.

  49. cufan71 says:

    Good Morning! :smile:
    Marina since you love dogs I think you will love this! :lol:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F8Y-Eoj-DI
    I saw them in person on the Branson Belle Showboat! :lol:

  50. mallepietje says:

    I’ve come across a very interesting word “Apartheid”
    I would like to know it’s origen, meaning and correct pronounciation

  51. mittheman says:

    Su forte es mi forte.

    How about a lesson on the word…

    “Movie.”

  52. yatiri says:

    Hi Marina. With the elections coming in the US i hear the word pundit alot. What exactly does it mean and what is its origin?

  53. bloodgem says:

    My boss(woman) was asking me(man) if I knew where the word “porn” comes from… and I dont really know so I turn to you Marina, where does the word “porn” come from ? :shock:

  54. arxidiaris2 says:

    hey sexy teacher. very good work, thnk u ^^ what abou the word “all” ??

  55. James says:

    My forte is always fiding time for the internet.. and marina :lol:

  56. checmark says:

    Housekeeping – your subscription graphic is back with the old 217 videos.

    Just curious as to why your videos come in SO slowly, as in a few seconds at a time. I know I am in Panama, but I watch MSN videos and other YT ones all the time and rarely have any delays. Only yours. It means I get to look at you all the more, in freeze-frame, so it’s not a complaint, just curious.

    Also, maybe some time you could do a video all dressed up, like an evening gown? Love to see that “other side” of you.

    And you’re a good cook on top of everything else? Is there anything you don’t do well?

    • Marina says:

      I have my videos set to high quality mode on this website… and you are probably used to watching in low quality mode. If that is the case, just click in the video window a second time and watch it in low quality on YouTube.

    • pedantickarl says:

      Hello checmark, The most likely reason for your experience is the buffering of the video because the video above is set for High Quality. When you view YT videos and other videos, they are defaulted to Standard Quality. For example, the above HQ video is 11.2 MB in size. In StdQ, that video is 5.7 MB in size.

      When viewing the video above, try this; when the video plays, click on the video or the YT logo. That will take you to YT where the video will play in Std Q by default. Notice that there is a link just below the video on YT that says “Watch In High Quality”. When you click that, you may notice the buffering of the video, but you will experience a very noticeable difference in visual and audio quality.

      You can view the video above without the freeze frames by pausing the video and letting the video download as indicated by the red line, then play it when the download is complete.

      Historical Note:
      Many months ago, You Tube had problems with some of their video caching servers which affected many StdQ videos, including Marina’s. The HQ version of the video played fine. Marina added embedded codes to the above video to change from StdQ to HQ mode, and she also added the ability to view the above video in full screen.

      • checmark says:

        Thanks for the excellent help. It’s a little cloudy here today, so the ray of sunshine that comes from Marina responding is also welcome.

        Not to be a PITA, but I watch HQ videos all the time from other sites, like MSN Video, with zero probs and no delays. I have a T1 connection and a speedy little Dell computer, so I don’t think it’s on my end. Maybe our darling teach could put up some kind of survey to see if others have the same probs? Maybe YT is just jealous of Marina’s overwhelming popularity and trying to slow her down?

    • pedantickarl says:

      checmark, you are probably right about YT being jealous. :smile:
      I think you are in S. or Central America? It’s possible that the YT caching servers that server you are of lower quality or capability.

      When viewing the above video, look at your status bar of your browser. When viewing the above video, I see IP address of 74.125.164.150. You may see something like “caching-xxx-xxx” or you may also see an IP address that is different from mine.

      • checmark says:

        Can u give me a hint as to where I see this status bar? I am using IE and can either view the vid here or at YT. In either case the only thing I see is the addy for the vid and no IP. My ISP IP shows as out of Miami, even though I am physically in Panama, if that means anything. Thanks.

    • pedantickarl says:

      By the way checmark, if you have time to determine if indeed it is the YT caching servers that is the issue, send them a message telling them of the issue. They will look into it or they may already know of the issues and will eventually remedy the situation.

    • pedantickarl says:

      checmark, unfortunately, MSIE doesn’t show the source address of the video. I use FireFox and SeaMonkey which shows the address in the lower left of the browser when the video is playing.

    • Bob says:

      I second the request for Marina to dress for the Red Carpet in some of her videos. :smile:

  57. dedixon says:

    fort (forte)…my strong point is math subjects. I took piano as a youngters and remember forte as a strong (louder) note. I really enjoy yout lessons.

  58. doogie249 says:

    Marina,

    Here’s a word request “Goody two shoes”. My son was telling a story and he said you are a “goody tissues” to my daughter and we told him the saying was goody two shoes, but had no idea where it came from. Can you please investigate?

    Thanks for all your lessons.

  59. bsomebody says:

    I guess my forte is putting up with teenagers (as long as they are somebody else’s). Teens and terrible-twos! :grin:

  60. nicolapin says:

    Hi Miranda, i watched your words list (and what an awesome list :shock: :smile: !! ) but i haven’t found the word that i ask to you now : (very important for me :mrgreen: )

    why, in english, you say ” Lop ” for a rabbit with ears down ? (i ask that because, in french, we call it a “Bélier” as a daddy sheep, because their face as an horseshoe)

    thanks in advance, have a great october month and congratulations for your idea to search what’s mean each words ^^ :smile:
    nicolapin

    • nicolapin says:

      :shock: awww, i’m so sorry MARINA, i was thinking about a friends who have the same eyes and almost the same face that you and she’s called Miranda.. :roll:
      so thanks again, MARINA :oops: :mrgreen:

  61. pedantickarl says:

    Marina, I loved reading your YT comments for this video. It’s interesting to see how people react when they see your comments. It’s a fascinating study in human relations.

    • dezdkado says:

      *Shakes head in disgust* :mad: I have been spoiled by my time on this site here… the folks posting here are so very nice and well mannered. I almost want to cancel my YT account… I just looked through over 840 comments on YT for this video… I’d estimate half of them were constructive… praise, critique, or inquiry. To these folks I give a grateful salute. Another 25% were rude, argumentative, jealous, or spam. The last group… sadly, these were little men with little minds… vulgar, ugly, and debasing. I must give you credit for a strong will, Marina. Bless your kind heart for overlooking the stupidity and engaging your audience with consideration and honor. I see that you lead (teach your class) by example. Ugh! I need a shower. :sad:

      • pedantickarl says:

        Hi dezdkado, You are right. It amazes me how a certain format can bring out the worst in people. Marina has lots of courage and I appreciate the way she handles this site and how she can disarm some rude people.

        If you haven’t seen the interview of Marina by Russia Today, take a look at it. Marina briefly mentions the subject of ignoring the negative comments. Despite some errors in the reporting which Marina corrects below the video. I love this interview of Marina. Her character shines like a bright light in a dim world.

        Russia Today Interview

    • dezdkado says:

      Thanks Karl. I will watch it now.

  62. James says:

    What is it with where I live? Yesterday someone found 26 WWII anti tank phosphor grenades in their back garden and the bomb sqaud was called in.. Honestly I live in a small town and its already been on tv 3 times in the last month.. :???:

    • matalexwolf says:

      ….could it have all started since you have been a student with HFWs :shock: :shock:

      -Is pretty cool tho James, have you a metal detector? Approx 20 years ago not a few miles from here, police found much IRA (you know, those idiots who were funded by some US people blowing up our mainland for years killing hundreds of children and adults in the name of something stupid called pride!) well, loads of ammo, guns plus much more nasty things and only with in a few feet of were me and some mates would camp out when fishing :shock:
      Keep your head down!

  63. lostinhere says:

    Strong point…either a good eater or persistence in the face of adversity.

  64. matalexwolf says:

    Hey teach; Okay, will do…….I will add this to the ever growing list of ‘actually, don’t you know’ words/ phrases learned from you :) – that word, ‘actually’ is really annoying. See/ hear many times but just feels, lame, cheap, too easy….in the same group as the ‘and’ word!

    Am becoming quite the words worth since joining HFWs. Only the other day at the Gym, I over heard a girl calling her self a Bimbo. She did look quite impressed after I told her the etymology of the word, somewhat suprised, but her boyfriend wasn’t so keen on the lesson! Intelligence, besides being sexy can be a danger at times. However, at least I held the Fort(e).

    Um, was going to say as you M, cooking but more trial and error in this area, never really get the same meal quite the same as before. But do try, almost insist :lol: for others to join! Thai is on the menu this weekend( yeeeeeeess :), will be cooking up some Goon (prawns) – just remember not as spicey as before due to the guests who don’t seem to like the heat so much! Loveing the prawns, loveing the spice :)

    So I guess, currently so, my Forte is showing the Godchildren new footy skills as with teaching them new words. Joe Joe being the eldest is the best at this. He runs with the ball commentating as he ducks and dives passed the opposition in live matches! The constant chat he lets out during the game can be quite off putting for the opposition but very entertaining for the others :)

    Have a great time with the maxim radio show :smile:

    • Bob says:

      You asked for cooking tips before, Matt.
      Have you tried this recipe?

      • matalexwolf says:

        Saawaadi Bob :smile: – awesome! I will give it a go Mr B; never scared to try something new in the kitchen, usually too hungry to care about the results :lol: – Thanks for the other link too, I guess my Thai is Hassip-Hassip so need much practice. Love the language, how it sounds and flows. Someone said to imagine a bit of Indian, a bit of Chinese with a sprinkling of French on top!— never got my head round that one. Instead a large G ‘N T before helps with the preenooonceeations, greatly! Thanks for the heads up on the recipe. Chock di na, Matt :smile:

    • Marina says:

      I knew my lessons would help people meet chicks! :-)

  65. yozhik202 says:

    Hi,

    In these fluctuating times I was wondering where the terms bull and bear market come from. Do other languages say the same thing?

  66. holla.jdn says:

    HEeelllooo My dear teacher.. i have a Hot word request. I’d like to request the word, GHOST.. oorr Banshee, where do those words come from?

  67. originalistrick says:

    man, ya’ll are nuts! I don’t know what the hell most of you are talking about half the time. that’s why I love this site and everyone on it. what a blast!

  68. dustinsanity says:

    Thank you for doing what you do. I often wonder about phrase and word origins and your channel’s like, the new crack. I’ve never done it, but you get the analogy. I was wondering…

    Where did the phrase “no-holds-bard” come from? I hope I got the spelling correct. I don’t understand how it’s potential origin could possibly be synonymous to it’s definition.

    • dezdkado says:

      I think it is spelled “no holds barred”. It’s a very good choice for Marina to investigate. If she doesn’t get to it, ask again. I know it, as others likely do… but it would be so much nicer if the teacher answered your query, right? :smile:

      • dustinsanity says:

        Yes, I’m certain that Marina would be a better choice. For YOUtube world, at least.

      • dustinsanity says:

        Also I’ve never seen it spelled, only heard it spoken. So I spelled it as it was spoken to me. Yes, it “felt” like there were hyphens. lol

      • dezdkado says:

        no worries… it is correct with or without the hyphens. I just wanted to show that the last word in the phrase is “barred” instead of “bard” since you explained that you were not sure of the spelling. The first word refers to a restriction, the other word to a type of minstrel. You will find us all very forgiving of spelling here… as some of us are not native English speakers, others are just not good at spelling, and another group (like me) can’t type correctly half of the time. :mrgreen:

  69. thoughtonfire says:

    Miss Orlova,

    If you “couldn’t care less”, then you do not care much at all.
    And if you “could care less”, you care more then you are admitting.

    Your Student,
    TOF

    • Marina says:

      Thanks thoughtonfire! I actually said that as I have heard it said one too many times incorrectly and I’m going to do a video on it to set the record straight. I heard it on a national program the other day!

      • Bob says:

        Another misapplied saying, that I should have thought of for the Pet Peeve page, is “Not too bad” when you ask someone how they are.
        Often I will reply, “I’m sorry to hear that; what is wrong?” to which they say, “Nothing”, with a puzzled look.
        I then explain that “Not too bad” means Bad, but not unbearably so, and ask why they can’t be positive instead of negative.
        Apart from a few incurables who roll their eyes and tut at me, I usually get a different response the next time I ask the question.

      • thoughtonfire says:

        You are most welcome Miss Orlova! :oops:

        True that Bob. Often people will say they are “Ok”, and that usually verbally connotates through inflection that things are not ok. Language and slang are so mixed.

        Thanks to you Marina, I am learning so much watching your lovely videos. :grin:

        TOF

  70. fatbuffalo says:

    Nice , btw , i was wondering where does the word disco come from ?

  71. foxbow says:

    how long has that auio preview button been there on yt :S it scared the shit out of me :lol:

    • Marina says:

      Maybe it will help people spell better on YouTube! (probably not :-( )

      • alex says:

        which reminds me. i know, i’ve been bitching about this before.
        but. before those whitesmoke dudes put out their unnecessary software, they could’ve hired a photoshop dude. a good one. at least an average one.
        yeah, i know. i said that months ago. still bothers the hell out of me when looking at the front page. this is just ridiculous.

    • alex says:

      yeah. did you notice that they _tried_ to make it look as if she was wearing some weird dress, whereas in the original pic she’s wearing a bikini?
      not to mention what they did to her boobs. and her jaw looks weird, too. god, this is so awful.

      • foxbow says:

        haha yea, they sure have some bad liquefying and clone stamp skills :lol: But those hands hahhaa, first of all the color is way off and the way they are turned is physicly impossible :P

    • alex says:

      while i’m at it. lol.

      look at this. (first pic = red skirt, second pic = blue skirt, it’s an animated gif.)
      alright. in the first pic: what’s with her right knee? and those … stockings or whatever. did they, like, cut off her leg under her knee and paste the stocking thing in there? what’s with the stocking on the left leg? it kinda goes up on behind her leg? her head and her hand holding her glasses. this is really a bad cut-out job. you can see that the background was white once, or at least some bright color. also, her sleeve. it just stops right where her arm ends. her panties seem to sort of melt into her leg. like they’re airbrushed onto it or something,
      second pic: it’s flipped, okay, no big deal. the book cover looks weird because of that, but, oh well. what happened to her left arm? another bad cut-out job and probably some blur. what’s with the hair? someone or something bitten it off? shouldn’t it be longer, like in this picture? hm. too lazy to do a hard hair cut-out, so just cut it off? lol.

      alright, i’ll stop now.

  72. wingedlionheart says:

    Hey. I like your videos. Love them.

    I have a question about this one. Is there a link between the French fort and in Italian forte?

    Thanks,
    Princess Ty

  73. thoughtonfire says:

    Dear Miss Marina Orlova, :cool:

    My forte is in great need of a good cook. It is a strong fort, it will protect you from enemies and shelter you from stormy weather. And I suppose it could be upgraded into a keep and absolutely with you there it would HAVE to be made into the grandest Castle EVER!

    Yours Truly Truly Truly,
    ThoughtOnFire :idea:

  74. estebanl07 says:

    Teacher!!!

    I have a dificult question for you… Since I’ve been hijacked by an spyware virus I was wondering what’s the origin of that extrange word, HIJACK… It may be something easy to understand to USA people, I don’t know…but I’m from Argentina (I speak spanish but I love english) and don’t have any clue about where do they took that word from. I know it also means something like kidnap, so the meaning is clear but it sounds like someone greeting a guy ( HI, JACK!!! jajjaja..)

    well, if you know the answer, let me know… I’ll be around… I LOVE YOUR LESSONS!!! I’ve been watching you for 2 months already, I was lucky to find you channel some night I was just looking up some stuff =) well, thank you so much Marina!!! been realy helpful! kisses…

    see ya soon!
    lucas

  75. Capman911 says:

    Hey Marina you have been challenged to an arm wrestling match from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=852CDBYF_q4&feature=related“>Bandit The Russian Killer I bet you could beat him with one arm tied behind your back :lol: :lol:

  76. medstudent says:

    I would like to see an explanation of the of the word, laconic. It would make a nice lesson on ancient greek history. :-)

  77. kloadazam says:

    allah :?:

  78. CampKohler says:

    Marina, are you wearing a latex top? The E in Vex has three bars that create Moire patterns in the video, so that you have this vibrating square right between… uh, let’s just say it draws attention to you.

  79. xforce80 says:

    How doing one about the phrase “phallic symbol”? It’s interesting that one word seems latin and the other english?

  80. sniperskaya says:

    Marina “Proper proncaiation”? Lucy, you got some ‘splaining to do!
    I don’t really listen to the lessons anymore Maarina, I turn the volume off and watch you bounce and jiggle…

  81. swampwiz says:

    Марина, the phrase should be “could not care less”. The idea is that if the meme is irrelevant, then it is not worthy of caring about it, and hence it is not possible for you to care less. If you could care less, then that would imply that you have some level of care about it. Often times, folks will mistakenly use the phrase without the negative.

    Марина, you could cook me пельмени, чебуреки, or блины с красной икрой any day.

  82. kaibanator says:

    My fortes are being 6 foot 3 anda nice person, with lame jokes. :grin:

    I’ll get an occasional good joke in :razz:

  83. runawayscott says:

    I still haven’t found my forte, I’m getting worried, starting to believe that I don’t have one :cry:

  84. orion123 says:

    I am not sure if this will be read but I have a word request of sorts. The english language is fairly vast and there is always something new to learn, however I would be interested in hearing a Russian word and its origins. It is my understanding that Russian has influences from Latin, French and possibly from other regional languages and I would be interested in seeing how they have affected the current russian dialect. Hope to hear a response to this.

  85. I would say my forte is fixing things. When you live on a farm you can’t always pay someone to fix a plow or mower deck as you don’t have the time to wait on someone to come out the next day. Plus little things around the house or barns. So it falls back on me. Like most men and some women fixing things is kind of a good feeling knowing you repaired something and didn’t have to depend on someone else.

    @ Marina just like your cooking or forte you appear to be elated that your a good cook which is awesome. Did you learn this on your own or did your mother teach you to cook? There is no better cooking than a mothers cooking. :wink:

  86. tryant says:

    My strong suit is that I can speak to many(not all)folks “in their own language”,different uses of english language of course,but still…..Most people and animals seem to like Me,even some animalistic people!

    Even when I’m being bad I try to be good about it.

    tryant

  87. GREG says:

    The f RENCH are all ways 7ucking something up.
    Lower then the Dutch and right above ………..some thing I am sure. :wink:
    Did I hear it’s getting close to Marinas Birthday?

    • GREG says:

      Marina
      How about your favorite recipe. Your go to meal when it has to be great.
      First date or meeting his or her parents. Show some thing.

    • She’s into making chicken soup, not bad.
      I’ll roast a whole chicken in the crockpot,
      skin it, bone it (ha ha); dice it and back
      in the cooker Toss in the water*, flour,
      salt, pepper…rice works good, too.
      Simmer on low for 6 hours, shred and
      add veggies; simmer 2 more hours…
      Took a few tries to nail the proportions,
      you need to get the flour to slurry right
      with the grease; about 1/4 cup for every
      2 tablespoons, per quart of water, give
      or take. No cornstarch – yuck!
      .
      Did you do the “count the lines” IQ test?
      I counted 16, but it wasn’t one of the choices!

      • GREG says:

        Chacha
        Your roux should be equal parts parts 1/2 flour 1/2 fat (butter of lard)
        Then brown to your taste For chicken soups I prefer a blond roux for gumbos and stews a dark roux. A little trick I learned if you need a quick thickener
        though in a chocolate chip cookie, It is the prefect dark roux substitute.

  88. 2utoday says:

    :mrgreen: My forte is that I like to watch your videos! Yeaaaa!!!

  89. Che Volay says:

    Capman, if you go to the YT homepage in one account it seems to only allow account at a time. They will both change to the same.
    I think if you never go home in either account you can keep two different user names at the same time.
    I’ll keep experimenting.

  90. parchedsquid says:

    Hi HotForWords,

    Horror, horrible, horrifying, horrific…
    Terror, terrible, terrifying, terrific… terrific?

    How come terrific is considered a positive adjective?

    • dezdkado says:

      An excellent question and mystery for our trusty HotForWords to investigate.

    • CampKohler says:

      That which terrifies you is good, right? That’s why people pay for roller coaster rides and to visit the House of Horrors.

      I think going from terror to terrific is just like fantasy going from that which can only be imagined to something beyond good. It’s just turning the word around in the opposite direction, which seems to happen a lot. Take cleave; it means both to cling together and to break apart. Then there’s cleavage… well, it’s got both in there, too, depending on how you look at it. I don’t know; I’ll have to give that one a lot more study. :-)

      • Bob says:

        Is it really so difficult to explain about fantastic?
        Isn’t it just a contraction of “fantastically good”, meaning good beyond the point that anyone could imagine?

  91. imcharles says:

    Hi I was just wondering if you could find me where the word Hamburger originated! thanks :)

  92. geronimo says:

    yay I was proven right. If you go back to the the original video where this was talked about you will see that I said that the pronunciation “for te” was only proper when referring to music. I still won’t use the correct pronunciation because most people wont know what the heck I am talking about.

    Marina the term is “couldn’t care less” My pet peeve is when people say “could care less” I always respond by saying “really? What do you care less about?”

  93. samorozco says:

    Hi Marina, this is a word/phrase that has always made me curious as of its origin or explanation, i am SURE you can figure it out. The word is GODSPEED, hope u can solve the mystery!!!!!.

  94. dellforce says:

    Hello Marina! Remember me? I’m a chessplayer!! Are you impressed? :smile: I want to know about the word Check. I already know that Checkmate comes from the Persian Shah meaning King and mat, meaning kill or killed. Actually the German word for Checkmate, shach mat is even closer than English (but Italian is the funnest way to say it: scaccomatto :mrgreen: BUT, Check…? When you attack your opponent’s King why is that saying “King” or CHECK has come to be the way things are done. Or could it be that check really means check as in, “Check yourself and what you should do, Mr. or Mrs. Opponent” “I’m attacking you”! And, by the way, did you know that in the World Chess Federation’s (Federation Internationale d’Echec or FIDE) rule book it is NOT mandatory to say, “Check”! Many people like to reprimand their opponent’s for not saying, “check”, but knowing when you’re attacked is your responsibility. The onus is not on the attacker to let the victim know when the direct attack on the King is present. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll get the chance to mate YOU, Marina!!! mmmmMMMMMWAH!

  95. seesixcm6 says:

    I’ve read some posts and think I need to explain that “fortress” is not the female version of a fort! In the Army, a fort is a single military installation manned by troops. A fortress is a series of military installations to protect an area or a site. For example, there could be five separate forts around a city to protect it. seesixcm6

    • CampKohler says:

      So the Flying Fortress was misnamed? The Flying Fort it is!

      • seesixcm6 says:

        The B-17, with seven different gun positions, each a little “fort”, I think they properly called it a “Flying Fortress.”

      • CampKohler says:

        So a fort can consist of one person with one weapon? A fort would normally have several persons facing in different directions, so I don’t think your example holds. However, I give you credit for a good try.

        Actually I think the name was applied to the airplane because most people just don’t make the distinction unless they are talking about something that traditionally is called a fort, i.e. an army fort. Besides, fortress just has a better ring to it. In the end, it’s all PR.

  96. Fianchetto says:

    Homework: Love to cook as well, Dear Teacher, but I must claim my strongest point is that I am a very potent autodidact.

  97. mijj says:

    ok .. while we’re all getting over the shock of silly YouTube channels .. let’s relax with another fresh-to-YouTube bit’o'music …

    [Robert Fripp & The League Of Gentlemen - God Save the King]

  98. mattgoffriller says:

    my forte is certainly not getting the gravatar i selected to show here. any help?

  99. phatpinoy23 says:

    Origin of “pussycat”. Please and thanks!

  100. mijj says:

    ok .. here it is .. [the very first of an exciting new series of YouTube videos]

    check your calender .. you’ll want to mark this day down.

  101. cajun76 says:

    Marina, I’m sure you can do justice to this gem in your own intelligent, sexy way.

    “Delicious”

    Most people think it only describes food, but you can educate like few can. Take care!

  102. Che Volay says:

    Tabs you know a new window, don’t you have multi windows opened at once i.e. play music on a YT window while scrolling the comment page at HFW and then a dictionary page open and again a tab open for watching TV and on & on & so on

  103. mijj says:

    anyone here familiar with YouTube .. how easy is it to switch between usernames .. or is it a pain in the arse?

    ( i want to set up a channel for a particular series of vids without interfering with my normal messing about one)

  104. annuddermale says:

    omg…you can cook, too?… :shock: :mrgreen:

    my forte is my loyalty…blindingly so, at times, but there you go…

    oh, and i’m pretty sure i’m not pure, so that one can be tossed out the window, but i’ll pronounce forte “fort” just for you, my teacher… :cool:

  105. reveckzeff says:

    My forte would have to be finding information online. Google is my friend. I also do very well at finding alternative solutions to life’s stumbling blocks.

    Mulligans, what are they and how do they relate to Golf?

    • Capman911 says:

      I like Google too, but have you tried ask.com. You can type in a sentence or ask it a question and it will give you multiple answers. It’s just an alternitive to Google, but works pretty well. :wink:

      • reveckzeff says:

        Yes, I have used Ask.com for many searches. I’ve found that its too broad when searching for something specific such as a lyric or a certain recipe. For broader searches where an overall ‘world view’ is wanted or needed, Ask.com is rife with information! Good call on the suggestion! I’m sure there are others here that either didn’t know about or thought about Ask.com for what I term ‘Infodogging,’ or ‘digging’ for knowledge or information.

  106. Che Volay says:

    I once worked with two guys one named Earl (he was French) the other guy was named Earle (he was English). Earl was the boss’ son, Earle was the boss’ son in law. Real confusing the first two days of work. English Earl’s last named was Clark, so I called him Clarke (Clarkey).
    Now I know why their names are spelled different. :roll:

  107. thxeleven38 says:

    Homework: my forte is eating, my problem is cooking

    Dear Chef Marina:

    I am trying to teach myself how to make an omelet, please help

    The recipe:

    Basic omelet

    Ingredients:
    2-4 eggs
    2 tbsp water (or milk)

    Directions:
    Lightly beat together eggs and water (or milk). Pour half of mixture into each compartment of omelet pan. Place open pan in microwave, and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until eggs are partially set. Stir from outside to inside, then arrange desired toppings over each half, and continue to cook on medium until eggs set. Fold omelet pan in half and gently slide omelet onto plate.

    I have the beating part down pat. No egg can beat me up. :twisted: When I finish with them, they know they’ve been scrambled. :wink:

    I have easily divided the mixture into the two sides of the omelet pan.

    Here’s the place I mess up. I either get them too raw or overcooked.

    These videos don’t help:
    Julia Child making omelette
    How to make omelet
    how to make an omelet part 1

    Dear Marina: Please make a video on how to make omelets in a microwave oven.

    Your pupil, THXeleven38.

    • foxbow says:

      never heard of such a complicated omelet…. it’s easy:p mix some eggs and some milk ,trow it in to a pan, let it cook a bit, fold it and you’re done(should be a bit mushy inside)
      “Place open pan in microwave” WHT!?!? a pan and a microwave… great combination :???:

    • orion_ss1 says:

      The most difficult part of making an omelet is letting it set well enough for half to be flipped over. If you are going to put something in the middle wait until some setting has occurred before putting it in. If its not something that will wilt ( ie cheese or tomatoes ) like ham slices warm them before putting them in.

      If you don’t have your heart set on an actual omelet try Nero Wolfe eggs. It takes a double boiler and time ( 40 minutes per the detective ) but they are the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had! :!: Start heating water in the bottom of a double boiler, and melt some butter in the top. While the water is heating to an easy boil mix equal amounts egg ( I find that eggbeaters work well if you are concerned about cholesterol as I am ) and heavy cream. Mix lightly before putting in the double boiler. Stir gently and almost continuously. After 40 minutes they still look a little loose but they are done. As I said, it IS time consuming but on a weekend or holiday morning it it a real treat.

  108. wetsuit5 says:

    Devil’s advocate.
    Is it possible that the French got the Italian word wrong and that the English just accidently got it wrong back to the original word?

    • Marina says:

      wetsuit5, the French got the word fort from the Latin word fortis which also means strong and that derived from the Proto Indo European word for “elevated”.. as forts used to be elevated on hills for protection.. so I don’t think there was any stealing from the Italians by the French :-)

      • wetsuit5 says:

        Marina,

        Sorry to kill a dead horse. But…
        When I saw fortis, that brought to mind fortress (fort).
        Could the French fort and the English forte be a shortened form of fortress? And fortify? etc…
        Would the music forte then be just be a coincidence in it’s meaning strong or loud?

  109. wetsuit5 says:

    Marina,

    What’s your favorite dish to prepare?

    • Marina says:

      Right now my favorite is Chicken Soup.. I like taking the whole chicken, bones and all and making a great soup with vegetables! So yummy! I love soups!

      • wetsuit5 says:

        OK that fits the trim body and flavorful food.
        And I’ll bet you cook it long till it falls off the bone.

      • pedantickarl says:

        Soups are the best. In the last few years I have been making red cabbage soup. Due to the strong smell, I make smaller batches which takes about 20 minutes to make.

        I cut up half a head of red cabbage, lots of celery which give the soup a nice kick, onions and baby carrots, then add a small amount of chicken stock and when I have time, I mix my own spices. Spices that I use amongst many others is Season All, red pepper and a variety if Indian curries and a few drops of soy sauce. With a hardy rye bread and this soup, it is an awesome meal.

      • excited4etymology says:

        I like taking things that are usually “chicken” and using turkey instead, I hear it’s better for you.

      • leonard says:

        No doubt that is the best soup kind. :lol: and I thought you might like thishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU4oa9hAQLQ&feature=related

  110. wetsuit5 says:

    Hotforwords,

    As I sit here typing and crying staring at your six pack and knowing it’s way beyond reachable cause my forte is eating.
    Oh I like going to the gym and all, but I like to make sure the last bite is as good as the first bite and I’m sure to make sure of it on all points in between.

    If forte means strong and piano means softly or quietely, does piano also have a historical origin in weakness? I guess the real question is what is the origin of piano (meaning softly)? And does Pianissimo have anything to do with the instrument?

  111. robertrun says:

    My forte is that my creativity and tenacity allow me to thrive, especially in adverse and daunting situations. The more stressful the circumstance, the more likely I’ll succeed. Survival pressures provide the optimum conditions for breakthroughs of ingenuity and integration.

    • Bob says:

      I suppose that’s why procrastination is so successful a strategy for many people – they put stuff off until they are scared sh*^less of the consequences of putting it off any longer.

      • robertrun says:

        Could be but I guess I wouldn’t know. You have to act while you are awake. Some people say that sales is a numbers game. Actually, all of life is like a numbers game. As you act on your thoughts and business plans, you are increasing the odds that one or more of them are going to be a success. Once you have a couple of them that are getting some traction, you focus on those and begin the process again. Then, when situations arise that are more desperate, completely new opportunities present themselves and the exponential activity commences from that point.

        Next time try to act immediately as one of your ideas or opportunities come forward, Bob.. you will be surprised at the exhilaration, it takes some discipline but develop that habit, remember that your brain is a physical organ.

  112. animalntaz says:

    Hey has that little black square, on the lower left-hand side of our gravators, always been there… or has it just come up for some reason? Because up until now, I have never noticed. :???:

  113. mijj says:

    { … checks for anagrams of “Forte Pronunciation” for secret messages from M to her control in Fox Studios …}

  114. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear совершенная Marina, I wish you a safe trip and safe return from your Maxim interview tomorrow! I’m sure you will be as beautiful as always and present three great words for the program! (It’s strange that few others wish you well, but maybe they’re only here for themselves?) For your homework, I like Italian food better than French food, so the Italian pronunciation of “for-tay” seems appropriate, but I’d use “fort” for you. Believe it or not, my forte is writing, but I’m also a good cook. So when we are cooking, I’d be practicing one of my fortes, and you could be my “fortress”! :smile: Your dear student, seesixcm6

  115. dance4life says:

    Hi, Marina, what means Capoeira, where it comes from, and is Capoeira and Capoeria the same things? Sorry for my english, and thanx!
    Kisses Muah!

  116. orion_ss1 says:

    So, as I understand it, we are tracing the evolution of various words. Here is a word in the process of ( or very recently completed ) evolution into ( two-syllable ) forte, and we should deny it, or ignore the commonly accepted and understood pronunciation to be perceived as a purist? How do we tell purists apart from the clueless?

    As was said, the commonly accepted pronunciation is forte ( two-syllable ). If I want people to understand me, that’s how I will pronounce it.

    My forte is math. I am REALLY good at math. So good that, like most people, I learned In elementary school that one and one is two. But in college I learned that sometimes one and one is one ( Boolean algebra ). And in graduate school I learned that in certain circumstances one and one is zero ( modulo two ).

    Ain’t education great! :grin:

  117. absentmindedprof says:

    I have two fortes. The first one is my memory. The second one is, uh, hmmm, well, I can’t remember . . . :lol:

    Eric M

  118. achsdu17 says:

    I’ll call it fort from now on :smile:

    I’d say my strongest forte is that I’m pretty detailed when it comes to art / media creations.

  119. Homework: What’s my fort(e)? :mrgreen:
    I’m usually pretty punctual – LOL! :roll:
    F5, F5, F5…..oh – Email! :smile:
    The girls tell me I’m handy to have around… :grin:
    I guess my sense of humor is my for-tay!

  120. leonard says:

    Marina your making me hungry. I believe you are a good cook! request hungry

  121. leonard says:

    shocked :evil:

  122. smokey36bear says:

    I think my forte would be putting up with my friends.
    Although my friends say it is being an A**hole :grin:

  123. cufan71 says:

    Artistic & Intelligence are my strong points! :cool:

  124. foxbow says:

    i’m uuuhm accurate :grin: in just about anything, that’s wy I practise archery :roll:
    I don’t wanna say i’m a cood cook, but my parrents do and other people,

  125. cufan71 says:

    2nd! :cool:

  126. foxbow says:

    lol ,wth:p frontpage aint working :S

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