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by Phil White
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 17
Views: 8983

Re: Finger food for thought

Sorry for resurrecting this one, but I see that three years have passed since the original post. Having learned to read Braille, albeit slowly, and having read through a few dozen magazines, the Hitchhikers' Guide and a good few poems from an anthology I ordered, I gradually stopped reading Braille ...
by Phil White
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Eulogy for lost friends
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Eulogy for lost friends

One book that shaped my thinking for years was "Future Shock" by Alvin Toffler. I suspect that it is still massively relevant - even more so now, so read it if you can get a copy. Many, many years ago, I lent it out and it never came back. Years later, I was talking to a colleague about it and said ...
by Phil White
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over his eye
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: over his eye

Bob's answers only appear to be bizarre. They are correct. As so often, context and pragmatics alone determine what is possible or not. "He put his hand over his right eye" almost certainly means that he covered his eye. "He but his hand over his eyes" could be either. Only context will determine wh...
by Phil White
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: has he ever not
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Re: has he ever not

a. Has he ever not helped you when you asked him for help? The speaker believes that the person has always helped if asked. b. Hasn't he ever helped you when you asked him for help? The speaker is surprised to find out that he has probably never helped when asked. c. Has he not ever helped you when ...
by Phil White
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Eulogy for lost friends
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Eulogy for lost friends

And I now have so much more room for all my DVDs ... which I can't really ... oh, forget it....
by Phil White
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Eulogy for lost friends
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Eulogy for lost friends

My house is alien to me now. No longer home. Wherever I look, there are blank spaces where you should be. Reminders of a lifetime. Those of you who visit here regularly will know that I lost most of my sight a few years back. I have been completely unable to read print for about six or seven years, ...
by Phil White
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: February
Replies: 8
Views: 518

Re: February

In fluent speech I do something like "Febraee", where there may or may not be a very slight rhotacization after the "a" (Febraree). The thing that really gets lost, pretty well invariably in my ideolect, is the "u".
by Phil White
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is this type of word called?
Replies: 8
Views: 524

Re: What is this type of word called?

I can't think of anything specific for such words, although, as Tony has pointed out, some have perfectly plausible etymology, such as "pineapple". There are words that mean the opposite of what they mean (yes, this does make sense), and these are called "auto-antonyms" (such as "fast", which can me...
by Phil White
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Resources for learning English
Topic: Sites down or unavailable
Replies: 1
Views: 520

Re: Sites down or unavailable

Thanks for that, Erik
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Motoring
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Motoring

Audi Yadoo
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Football IS coming home
Replies: 0
Views: 191

Football IS coming home

... It just decided to travel by Southern Rail and may be delayed for a few years.
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the side
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: On the side

I have this dreadful vision of going into MacDonald's and being asked "do you want a side chick with that?"
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: crack any code
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: crack any code

Bob is right.
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in order not to see...
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: in order not to see...

Generally we would avoid constructions such as those.

In spoken English you will often hear "he went out so as not to see ..."

In written English, I would go for something like "to avoid seeing".
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not everyone
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: not everyone

1 is fine. Native speakers would understand it exactly the way you intend.