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by tony h
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On top of one's career
Replies: 2
Views: 28

Re: On top of one's career

Grandad
by tony h
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it/which
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: it/which

Both will work. But "it" works better. I can't quite formulate why as yet. There are a couple of things that occur: 1. "it" comes across as more dramatic and clearly refers to the shark. 2. "which" leaves you fumbling between "is which saying it is the shark that has done this" and "is which saying...
by tony h
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it/which
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: it/which

Both will work. But "it" works better. I can't quite formulate why as yet.
by tony h
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Beer versus wine: An ancient quarrel
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: Beer versus wine: An ancient quarrel

Excellent. May I add another> One of my favourites was the newspaper headline (I believe of fact) when the lower ranked non-league Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Cally to their supporters) thrashed the mighty Celtic in the football league. The headline read: "Super Cally go ballistic, Celtic were atr...
by tony h
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Avocado cart
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Avocado cart

BonnieL wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:02 pm
I use a hand truck to haul 50-lb feed bags - wish I had a contraption to hold them upright & more easily dump them into the feed barrels.
I used to have one like this (except it didn't have the height extension)
http://www.teknion.co.uk/challenger-ld1 ... sack-truck
by tony h
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Avocado cart
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Avocado cart

I had never heard the term "dolly". In my life they have always been sack-barrows. There have been some clever enhancements to sack barrows. One of my favourites incorporates a winding handle to, once you have arrived at your destination, lift the sack up so that it was on a level with a cart or wor...
by tony h
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Uber
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Uber

It isn't uber common now. I am sure we used to hear it more often.
by tony h
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 750

Re: glug

One of my favourites is "threat". As in :
Guest: "I'll have a whiskey and water"
Host: "how much water?"
Guest: "just a threat"
A bit of laughing - if both parties understand.

It means : show it the water (threaten the whisky) but don't put any in.
by tony h
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Double negation
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Double negation

Odd because my German teacher was German. She struggled with English.
by tony h
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How to live forever
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Re: How to live forever

... and there was I thinking this would be about mid-term elections. :D
by tony h
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Double negation
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Double negation

I remember that when I was learning some rudimentary German, my German teacher expressed her puzzlement at the English expression "not bad", "not good" and the like as they didn't occur in German. (Neither did poached eggs until I taught the hotel chef). I explained the logic that it allowed for you...
by tony h
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1654

Re: chip on or chip off

:D

It reminds of a similar story about how to find your wife in a black-out. But I don't remember the details. :)
by tony h
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1654

Re: chip on or chip off

For me: it has a crack in it it has a mark on it it has a chip off it. The chip is a small fragment that has come off. The bowl is chipped ( or has a chip off it). The floor might have that chip on it. ...and when the runner drops and breaks it, returning to the auctioneer, who says, "and now we'll...
by tony h
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1654

Re: chip on or chip off

Jim :"oops I have just knocked the vase and now it has a chip on it."
Ethel: "I have just found the chip off it. "