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by tony h
Tue May 22, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: in tall/high cotton - shittin' in tall/high cotton
Replies: 22
Views: 32433

Re: in tall/high cotton - shittin' in tall/high cotton

To the worker, high cotton allowed for privacy since they were not allowed access to a bathroom or outhouse; to the owner, it meant better profits... Go figure... I am not sure if this next comment applies to cotton. The modern farmer might not recognise the "high" as meaning good. High used to be ...
by tony h
Mon May 21, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Words and the brain
Replies: 0
Views: 32

Words and the brain

A couple of links here (one short video and one pdf). These have come about from trying to find out about Asperger's and Autistic brains. One clear difference, shown up on fMRIs (functional MRI scans), that where Aspies process language differs markedly from where Neuro-Typicals process language. So...
by tony h
Mon May 21, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so/thus
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: so/thus

Just some thoughts: In the second sentence of each of those pairs, the final 'thus' or 'so' is superfluous. Leaving them out would make the statements sound more natural and less pedantic. My nature would be to keep the final "thus" or "so". To me the sentence seems to be left hanging without them a...
by tony h
Mon May 21, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so/thus
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: so/thus

All are ok. "So" is less formal than "thus".

For me I would generally use "so. "Thus" would come more naturally in, say, technical or contractual situations.

Also it seems, and I am not absolutely sure why, "thus" can have more of a past tense usage whereas "so" is more future.
by tony h
Fri May 18, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A person
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: A person

Children.
by tony h
Fri May 18, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: one word for cure worse than disease
Replies: 5
Views: 2165

Re: one word for cure worse than disease

An interesting word that I had not heard before.

Welcome The Old Professor. As a matter of interest what do you profess? :)
by tony h
Wed May 16, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hero
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Hero

A vigilante. You may choose to call the vigilante a hero.
by tony h
Wed May 16, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: What the Dickens.
Replies: 3
Views: 593

Re: What the Dickens.

Like the Dickens Meaning A lot; as in 'hurts just like the dickens'. Origin Nothing to do with Charles Dickens. Dickens is a euphemism for the phrase satan, potentially through devilkins. Shakespeare used it in 'the Merry Wives of Windsor: 'I can not inform what the dickens his title is my husband ...
by tony h
Tue May 15, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Flash Language
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: Flash Language

Bobinwales wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 7:15 pm
Excellent.
Interesting to see "pall" in there.
Indeed. There are quite a number of words and definitions that seem quite ordinary today.
by tony h
Sun May 13, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Words

1. "Their words got heated"
2. "They exchanged intense words"
- these don't really work.

Rather:
- They exchanged insults.
- They had a heated exchange.

- It became intense.
- Their exchange/conversation became heated.
- It got heated.
- Their exchange got heated.
by tony h
Fri May 11, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: no amount of pressure
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: no amount of pressure

Dear Azz, (kindly) as a pre-script. My head gets bothered by your question "can one say". Clearly one can say it. After all, I can say "whee pop yeah". The question is, surely, "does this mean anything?" or, "does this make sense?" or "is this grammatically correct?" or "would this phrasing appear i...
by tony h
Wed May 09, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Water
Replies: 5
Views: 331

Re: Water

Ken Greenwald wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:56 pm
It’s called a “whirlpool” and Wikipedia has an article on it here.
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Ken Greenwald - May 9, 2018
That looks rather more than a whirlpool, a maelstrom.
by tony h
Wed May 09, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Secrets

This is for your ears only.

This must not go any further.

Chatham House Rules

Can you keep a secret?

Sometimes in the dialogue:
A: what's going on?
B: Can you keep a secret?
A: Yes.
B: Yes, so can I

B does not tell A what is going on


This is confidential.
by tony h
Wed May 09, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a van for carrying
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Re: a van for carrying

I remember the days when you would have been given a pantechnicon. I always loved that word. I didn't know its origin. So I did whatwe do here ... My dictionary defines it (first) as a furniture warehouse and (second) as a furniture van. The first surprised me. Wikipedia has the full story: The wor...
by tony h
Tue May 08, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Favourite dictionary ...
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: Favourite dictionary ...

That's interesting about the Collins dictionary. My family was always quite dismissive about them (and my Dad was a director of Collins). I'll have a look at a newer one. Phil, Erik do you not miss that happening on a word that you get with paper. An example, from today and in brief. The word to fin...