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by tony h
Tue May 14, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Paint one's buttocks green
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Re: Paint one's buttocks green

No idea. One can imagine various meanings all as unlikely as another. Who are the two people? It might help identify the meaning.
by tony h
Fri May 10, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Gossip

I remember Gossip as being used within living memory of my ancient relatives for a sponsor/godparent particularly when they were unmarried and lived in the same home. from the OED 1. One who has contracted spiritual affinity with another by acting as a sponsor at a baptism. a. In relation to the per...
by tony h
Thu May 02, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Talking in the abstract.
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Talking in the abstract.

Yesterday in committee. Mrs May said, when asked about her multiple repetitions of "no deal is better than a bad deal" and her failure to enact that, that she was "talking in the abstract".


This is a new one on me. Does it actually have a meaning?
by tony h
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: remove (the noun)
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: remove (the noun)

So, as in the above, your grandparents can be described as your first cousin twice removed . No, your grandparents are your grandparents, not cousins of any degree or removal. The chart makes that clear. If you look at the 3rd cousins box you will see both the one below and the one above are "once ...
by tony h
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: remove (the noun)
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: remove (the noun)

And your first cousin twice removed is the grandchild of your first cousin. One point about removed is that does not have a direction. So, as in the above, your grandparents can be described as your first cousin twice removed . The following diagram describes it quite well http://1.bp.blogspot.com/...
by tony h
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Something smells very bad
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Re: Something smells very bad

Phil is quite right but phrases more often seem to go with a type of smell. So, although there is overlap, the choice of words will tend to indicate the presumed, or known, cause.
by tony h
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequency
Replies: 4
Views: 832

Re: frequency

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:55 am
or, simpler still (and more idiomatic and less technical-sounding):

How often do they collect the garbage in this neighborhood?
When do they collect the bins here? (bins=garbage).

How often are the bins collected (here).
by tony h
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 2603

Re: Daylight Robbery

Tony, I think you should contact the OED and point out your discovery. I have done so in the past and they have always responded. ____________________________ Ken Greenwald – April 22, 2019 Well that's a new experience. I have submitted the information on their online form. During this I also disco...
by tony h
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 2603

Re: Daylight Robbery

I wonder if there is rather more to "daylight robbery" than I expected. In "The Universal Officer of Justice" of 1731 (and others) it refers to occasions where "a robbery is done by daylight" and goes on to mention how the local community (the Hundred. A hundred or similar wapentake was a division o...
by tony h
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fly premium economy class
Replies: 3
Views: 1298

Re: Fly premium economy class

There is nothing to choose between them in ordinary communications.
by tony h
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as his father played tennis
Replies: 2
Views: 1506

Re: as his father played tennis

In the first the "as" is equivalent to "because".
In the second, giving a different instance may help. EG Just as his father was killed by a tiger, so did he.
by tony h
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything
Replies: 4
Views: 1752

Re: anything

This may help:

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by tony h
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Too bunny
Replies: 2
Views: 1573

Re: Too bunny

Although I tend to agree with Erik there are possibilities including:
- cute talk - a cuddle form of "rabbiting on" about something.
- simply sweet and cuddly child talk - a bunny represents all that cute and cuddly .
by tony h
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anything
Replies: 4
Views: 1752

Re: anything

Please clarify your question.
by tony h
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 2603

Re: Daylight Robbery

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:45 pm

I agree that the 'window tax' explanation stinks... of folk etymology.
Also, with the window tax being introduced in 1696 (Wikipedia) and day-light robbery first being quoted in 1804 (OED) I would have expected a shorter gestation if that explanation were to be true.