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by tony h
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: What do Americans mean by Pantomime
Replies: 3
Views: 43

What do Americans mean by Pantomime

I came across an article which stated that, for the 15th anniversary of the United Nations, Red Skelton said he was to do it all in pantomime. He then went on to say he had done pantomime in Tokyo, Hong Kong and other places. I assume by his demeanour that this was not a reference to Aladdin, Jack i...
by tony h
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Promises
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Promises

I can appreciate that "person" or "woman" of one's word doesn't scan as well as "man of his/you/my word". That might be what tony h was getting at when he says the inclusive versions "don't work." Indeed so. Although I would assume "woman" was similarly exclusive. :) You also get it the other way r...
by tony h
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: another man whose name was Jack
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: another man whose name was Jack

Phil White , at risk of seeming an eejit, I thought 2 and 4 were the nonsense ones. Or (in 4) the jewel was called Jack Smith. Maybe not quite as imaginative as La Peregrina Pearl, but a name none the less.
by tony h
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as with/as in
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: as with/as in

Production will not increase and there is little risk of bleeding.

:)
by tony h
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Promises
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Promises

I'm going to hold you to that [promise].
You had better be a man of your word. (Note: this only works with "man". Using "person", or "woman" doesn't work.)
by tony h
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Promises
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Promises

An idle promise is one made casually that you may have cause to regret.
by tony h
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: millitary trades
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: millitary trades

Military trades I understand to mean any trade used in the military. This quote is from the link below. We feature military tradesperson jobs, trades supervisor and management jobs and jobs in the trades covering painters, HVAC technicians, construction and contractors including framers, welders, pl...
by tony h
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sea water
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Sea water

I hope you mean salt-water. It is a saline drip. Saline is the salt water. The drip is the connecting the fluid into the arm.
by tony h
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Old habits
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Old habits

Very good. As the son of a Yorkshire man many of the lights in our house are operated by movement sensors. It annoys me that the cat switches them on. And , of course, the old : An old Jewish man is lying in his bed dying. With a very weak voice, he asks: "Is my wife here?" — "Yes, I'm here". "Are m...
by tony h
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Making one's nut
Replies: 5
Views: 916

Re: Making one's nut

II see an obvious problem with the wagon wheel nut theory, which is that it would be very easy to substitute a replacement nut for one that was being held hostage by the local authorities. Another is that without a nut to hold the wheel onto the wagon, it would be very easy for it to come away from...
by tony h
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 101
Replies: 1
Views: 87

101

I seem to be questioning my knowledge of words at the moment. This one is the term 101. I know it means "basic information" or "stuff you should know" but I didn't know why. There were plenty of books : 101 things to know about motor cars, 101 easy recipes, 101 rules for a happy marriage. But why wa...
by tony h
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Deadline
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Deadline

Deadline is a word that I acquired and understood to mean the point at which a piece of work must be handed in or completed. If I thought about it, it would seem logical that it came from some military usage to mark the effective range of weaponry in order to push back the enemy hoards. I was theref...
by tony h
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Alternative arrangements
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Alternative arrangements

It was always simple. Leave on WTO rules. It was only complicated by a ludicrous belief that if you commit yourself to "getting the best deal out of the EU" that you would actually get one. No PM since Margret Thatcher has had success negotiating with the EU. Then the Irish border becomes an issue f...
by tony h
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Type of bed
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Type of bed

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:39 pm
However, the habitual occupants of this bed don't seem to have any plans to actually install a canopy.
It may, of course, be there to support a mosquito net in the appropriate seasons.
by tony h
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Quiver and Tremble
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: Quiver and Tremble

You might enjoy this. Quite what the truck drivers ,who laid the road bed ,are made of is anybody'd guess.

https://youtu.be/8eo1hVqy-Gs


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidu_River_Bridge