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by tony h
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big frying pan
Replies: 5
Views: 77

Re: Big frying pan

by tony h
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Steak
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Steak

I have no idea. It doesn't sound polite.
by tony h
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Place to practice martial arts
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Place to practice martial arts

I am not sure what a dojo is, I assumed it meant school or something like that.

The actual place could be any of a number of places including: sports hall, gymnasium, village hall, athletics club. The first time I saw such a class was in a ball room!
by tony h
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 15321

Re: blind men on galloping horses

They tried it and liked it. There was enough for another meal. Then in the night the farmer and his wife were woken by a noise. The three daughters were in the kitchen eating the rest of the rabbit stew - including the one who was vegetarian. The taste of well-cooked rabbit will convert anyone! :D ...
by tony h
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Donald Trump about
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Donald Trump about

Stephen.

When reading Erik's response you may wish to consider whether the response is simply a linguistic response , or whether it is more a reflection of by Erik's politics.
by tony h
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 15321

Re: blind men on galloping horses

Nothing finer than rabbit. For Liver and onions I tend to have lambs' liver or pigs'. A few years ago I was at a friends farm and we went out to shoot some rabbits that were making a mess of his crop. This was the first time I had been shooting with him. I was surprised that he intended to leave the...
by tony h
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 387

Re: Peachy

And in all this there is no suggestion that Nigeria should change it's name or people shouldn't be called Nigerians.

Nigeria = land of the blacks.

Yours confused and too old to be bothered to become unconfused.
by tony h
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Donald Trump about
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Donald Trump about

The wording does not imply an "intention". For it to have intention it would need to be advocating a course of action. Here the action is complete.
by tony h
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just a Minute rules ...
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Just a Minute rules ...

I see your point. Although they do tend to ignore repletion of small words such as "of". The apostrophe-s, in many cases, has an equivalence to "of".
by tony h
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just a Minute rules ...
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Just a Minute rules ...

Listening to the programme the other day a challenge of repetition was not allowed. The alleged repetition was something like "monkey" and "monkey's". Now my view is that apostrophe-s is not part of the word but is in itself a word. Thus the word "monkey" was repeated. What is the view of the sagaci...
by tony h
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Boxes of pies stacked up
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Boxes of pies stacked up

You could but it sounds like a policeman giving evidence at a trial.

He's carrying a stack of six boxes of pies.
by tony h
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cars
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Cars

The question made me start thinking about the purpose of a spoiler, other than the purely decorative. The only sort-of-fact that stuck in my head was that it was there to help lighter cars glue themselves to the track. But this didn't fit with the description of a spoiler. A bit of investigation sho...
by tony h
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 387

Re: Peachy

Cheers Trolley.
I had a work colleague who was proud of his doucebag but on looking up they have changed the branding to db.

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by tony h
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 387

Re: Peachy

I agree with Trolley. Also I have never heard it used in the way Steven suggests. Steven's usage sounds as though it may associated with that black, rap culture (are we allowed to say "black"?) Also I have never heard "douche bag", it sounds like a shower/wash bag but I would have to look it up. htt...
by tony h
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: orthography
Replies: 2
Views: 340

orthography

I was reading a French joke : Ne pas confondre: - il confie ses enfants. = il confit ses enfants. L'orthographe sauve des vies. Veillons. Now my French isn't that great but I got the point straight away. And I thought how much more complete the point is by using "orthography" rather than simply "spe...