Nov 27th 2008 11:52AM founder 2 |ˈfaʊndər| |ˈfaʊndə|
verb [ intrans. ]
(of a ship) fill with water and sink : six drowned when the yacht foundered off the Florida coast.
• figurative (of a plan or undertaking) fail or break down, typically as a result of a particular problem or setback : the talks foundered on the issue of reform.
• (of a hoofed animal, esp. a horse or pony) succumb to laminitis.
laminitis in horses, ponies, or other hoofed animals.
ORIGIN Middle English (in the sense [knock to the ground] ): from Old French fondrer, esfondrer ‘submerge, collapse,’ based on Latin fundus ‘bottom, base.’
USAGE It is easy to confuse the words founder and flounder, not only because they sound similar but also because the contexts in which they are used overlap. Founder means, in its general and extended use, ‘fail or come to nothing, sink out of sight’ ( : the scheme foundered because of lack of organizational backing). Flounder, on the other hand, means ‘struggle, move clumsily, be in a state of confusion’ ( : new recruits floundering about in their first week).
May 22nd 2008 12:28PM A Question:
When a URL is dragged directly to the dock it leaves an icon that shows the @ symbol on a spring. Is there somewhere that I can access that file to perform a "Get Info"? I use NNW as my default browser, but I have a real estate site I like to visit that has listing pop-up windows not supported on NNW, so I would like to set the Get Info to open just that URL in Safari.
The alternative of dragging the URL to the desktop creates a webloc file which can be accessed by Get Info, but the webloc is static and for this site expires after 24 hours, whereas the original URL always refreshes.
The only other alternative I see is to make the URL my homepage in Safari, and that way I am still a single click away from the information I seek, but that means giving up the existing homepage.
(24" 2.8 GHz iMac, OS X 10.5.2)