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by Rufus Miles
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: laundromat
Replies: 11
Views: 6687

Re: laundromat

fascinating stuff,
by Rufus Miles
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Scrumping
Replies: 7
Views: 2418

Re: Scrumping

Yes I wonder why the effects can be so violent
by Rufus Miles
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dog paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 2666

Re: Dog paddle

regardless of all that, in British usage it really is doggie paddle...
by Rufus Miles
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: elegiac
Replies: 2
Views: 1850

Re: elegiac

Hi Ken, you are lucky if you have not yet read much Waugh. He is a master of style. He used to be generally considered one of the greatest of English writers but seems now to be a bit out of fashion, perhaps partly because of his rather reactionary persona. I would recommend Scoop, Black Mischief or...
by Rufus Miles
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Endorsement
Replies: 11
Views: 3544

Re: Endorsement

Yes "off of" is to be found everywhere, used with many verbs, very ugly and to be avoided on both sides of the pond. It has an unpleasant and very popular cousin: "must/could/should/may/might of" (replacing "have").
by Rufus Miles
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: has had vs. had
Replies: 4
Views: 2364

Re: has had vs. had

good point. They don't use present perfect in many places we do
by Rufus Miles
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Manners
Replies: 7
Views: 2534

Re: Manners

The whole extract presents the passenger's personality in a certain light. Of the various possible descriptions, "impatient" springs to mind. This leads me to think the passenger would have preferred the shorter formulation, although an expletive would have lengthened it again.
by Rufus Miles
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: has had vs. had
Replies: 4
Views: 2364

Re: has had vs. had

the use of the past/preterit or the present perfect in the first verb surely changes everything. In the second example the event is linked to the present, so "she" could still have more children (or indeed "have still more children" - not the same meaning either). However one could argue that if thi...
by Rufus Miles
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: World of a difference
Replies: 3
Views: 1679

Re: World of a difference

i see you have taken your quotation from an article on CNBC, Steven, so in this case "enroll" would also be correct...
by Rufus Miles
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might win yet
Replies: 8
Views: 2438

Re: might win yet

yes Yet slightly more difficult to achieve than Still in most situations.
by Rufus Miles
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 1859

Re: so charmed

this is not about correctness but about style, and flow.
I prefer (1)
by Rufus Miles
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rodeo Drive
Replies: 9
Views: 2428

Re: Rodeo Drive

I suspect irony in gdwdwrkrs post, steven
by Rufus Miles
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: New Years present
Replies: 1
Views: 1365

Re: New Years present

Sorry, I meant to put this in Miscellaneous. Mea culpa
by Rufus Miles
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: New Years present
Replies: 1
Views: 1365

New Years present

Just to say that Marsh Heirs is again free on Kindle today and tomorrow - New years gift
https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_no ... arsh+heirs
by Rufus Miles
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Iron frames
Replies: 3
Views: 1982

Re: Iron frames

surely just scaffolding