early 15c., "piece of cloth of full size," as opposed to a piece cut out for a garment; figurative sense first attested 1570s.
One, easy language for the whole world? Meet the man who tried to make it happen.If humankind can create airplanes, cellphones, and penicilin, surely we can tackle the hassle of language. Why doesn’t some brainiac come up with the perfect language that everyone can learn? Before you get all riled up, be assured this question is rhetorical. To start, this is not a new idea. In the late nineteenth century, a Polish oculist and linguist named Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof set …
The Hardest Words To Spell Just Got A Whole Lot EasierTexts to mom. Emails to your boss. Resumes. Cover letters. Job applications. Orthography is everywhere, and, even if you're a master speller, most folks have that one word that has proven to be their spelling kryptonite. Now for a little good news. There's a secret to skirting those spelling speed bumps without revealing your fatal flaw: substitute a synonym.
- whole ball of wax, the,
- whole blood,
- whole brother,
- whole gale,
- whole hog,
- whole kit and caboodle, the,
- whole language,
- whole megillah
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Whole-cloth fabrication on the level perpetrated by folks like Stephen Glass or James Frey is of course beyond the pale.Speak, Faulty Memory: Why Memoir Writing Is Harder Than You Think|Dave Bry|April 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST