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by tony h
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The youth of today
Replies: 1
Views: 15

The youth of today

Just thought this gives us some hope for the future. My grand niece, aged 10, came home today having won an vocabulary competition for her school year: one point for the meaning of the word and one point for the spelling. She won by two points on the word schadenfreude. Ironically my grand niece fou...
by tony h
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Food stamps
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Food stamps

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:43 pm
Yes.
I didn't see the writer as being sarcastic. Nor would I have said the writer was ironic. Simply the writer is poining out the irony, or extreme irony, of the scenario.
by tony h
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: String of fur
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: String of fur

gdwdwrkr wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:46 pm
Really, Richard!?
Was it Onslow who sang "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do!"?
by tony h
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: As Time Goes By
Replies: 4
Views: 1239

Re: As Time Goes By

And if you are intending visiting Uxbridge you may find this reference useful :)

www.alspcs.com/a.html
by tony h
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who saw
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: anyone who saw

I was tending to think, along with Phil, that skin must be detached to become peel.

You cook potatoes in their skins or cook peeled potatoes and add potato peelings to the still.
by tony h
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 1001

Re: Authoress

A couple of anecdotes. In about 2004 I had to take a young technician to a meeting at a law firm. Most of my briefing was about the technicalities, politics and attendees. They included IT and Jeff an old partner. A few days later at the office I was asked if I was homosexual. (OK you have got there...
by tony h
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who saw
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: anyone who saw

So, in the U.K., they say, "Let's make like a banana skin and split." Doesn't sound quite right to me . . . Shelley : irrespective of the peel or skin question , what does "Let's make like a banana skin and split" supposed to be or mean? I have not heard the expression before. But this topic has me...
by tony h
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: String of fur
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: String of fur

The item, being the ball, is a pompom. The material used to make the pompom maybe feather. A definition: Origin of pompom First recorded in 1895–1900; noun 1. Also pompon. an ornamental tuft or ball of feathers, wool, or the like, used on hats, slippers , etc. 2. pompon(def 3). Origin of pompom2 174...
by tony h
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: String of fur
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: String of fur

A pompom.
A pompom.

Kind regards
pom diddly-om pom, pom pom!
by tony h
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

Erik I enjoyed that. PS Just for the record, I haven't changed my mind. I had always been in favour of a Common Market but not the encroaching political unification. I voted to leave with no expectation of a deal with the EU - after all no British Prime Minister has successfully negotiated with the ...
by tony h
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Removing your hair
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Removing your hair

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:07 am
7. Sorry, Miss, but you might want to check your wig for embedded trash.
I am intrigued by your use of "miss". In my experience, albeit limited, a "Miss" will have very kempt hair whereas the hair in the photograph appears unkempt. This suggests, to me, a "him".


:)
by tony h
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drunk
Replies: 7
Views: 376

Re: Drunk

I do remember in Japan it was de rigeur to be drunk after the business celebration. You would see the locals staggering out of the building, clutching at walls. But, as soon as they were out of sight of the door, they stood up straight and walked off sober as anything. It was all an act.
by tony h
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Manners
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Manners

I did, Tony. Thanks. Interesting that those two sayings seem to be saying two different things. "Have you been visiting....(and picking up all their bad habits)" and "Do you need a visit...(for a refresher on good manners)". I should have made it clear "have you been visiting the Duke of Rutland" w...
by tony h
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drunk
Replies: 7
Views: 376

Re: Drunk

They all get the message across. But they all sound odd. In England you would be more likely to hear, "come on have a drink and join in the fun". But, I am also experienced in saying, "You are not in a fit state to go home." Note that not-in-a-fit-state often equates to "drunk" but not exclusively s...
by tony h
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Manners
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Manners

I had to go and look that up. I thought maybe you had gone for a nap and were going to finish the thought later. I was too curious to wait. :shock: Ah I am not quite sure what happened there. But now I need to ask : did you find out ? It is, of course, a reference to the family name "Manners" of th...