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by tony h
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hymeneal
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: hymeneal

<2015 “She says gynecologists who work with patients old enough to marry will see some of them ask for hymeneal virginity tests. Most are from other countries or subscribe to religions that see virginity as a wedding must-have.”— Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Florida), 22 October, page T18> Ken ...
by tony h
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too powerful
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: too powerful

a seems to go with "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"

d. It isn't clear whether "you" is a player, coach, manager, owner or what. The meaning could be different depending on this relationship.
by tony h
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 769

Re: Clothes hangers

Pants hangers usually have an extra bar along the bottom which the folded pants hang on, and there's a notch the bar tucks into that keeps the pants from slipping. It would never occur to me to hang pants on a hanger. As far as I am aware the common expectation is that they would be kept in drawers...
by tony h
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Making one's nut
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: Making one's nut

An interesting expression that I hadn't heard before. Where I come from the nut would be an axle-nut. The hub is the bit that slides onto the axle and rotates. Lugs and lug-nuts only appear on powered or braked wheels (not on rim-braked which is the traditional brake) and these are on cars and some ...
by tony h
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kilometers
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: Kilometers

I don't think the word "odometer" is particularly technical -- it's just what that thing is called. In the UK the thing is normally called a milometer. The reason I suggest odometer is a business usage is that is comes to the UK mostly via software systems that are being international. After all a ...
by tony h
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kilometers
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: Kilometers

The first point is that mileage pertains to miles as (is there a word) pertains to kilometres. The first sentence sounds ok. The second conveys the correct meaning but does not sound natural. A normal question (in the UK at least) maybe: - "Your car. What's on the clock?" - "what is the mileage (or ...
by tony h
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lots of cigarettes
Replies: 12
Views: 559

Re: Lots of cigarettes

So what type of pipe does Phil keep I wonder? Or does he have a collection? I had naively assumed that if one started smoking a pipe, one became a pipe-smoker. In fact, one becomes a pipe-collector. One has morning pipes, afternoon pipes, evening pipes, walking-the-dog pipes, just-in-case-I-have-a-...
by tony h
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lots of cigarettes
Replies: 12
Views: 559

Re: Lots of cigarettes

I gave up my twenty-a-day habit last year and have become entirely civilized, if eccentric, and now smoke a pipe, to the great amusement of most who see me. I miss the opportunity to smoke a pipe, it ws a great aid to managing the rate of conversation to the leisurely pace of my thinking. Conversat...
by tony h
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 769

Re: Clothes hangers

Shelley thank you for your corrections. I can't believe the internet has got it so wrong. :)
by tony h
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lots of cigarettes
Replies: 12
Views: 559

Re: Lots of cigarettes

He is a human chimney.
A chain smoker. ie he starts the next cigarette from the one he is just finishing.
A twenty a day man. (Or insert a suitable number).
by tony h
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 769

Re: Clothes hangers

Thanks for letting me know the difference between pants and trousers. Just in case you hadn't picked up on the differences between English in America and English in England You might find this useful. (I have no real idea how accurate the American usages are.) In particular compare top right to bot...
by tony h
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 769

Re: Clothes hangers

Pants hangers usually have an extra bar along the bottom which the folded pants hang on, and there's a notch the bar tucks into that keeps the pants from slipping. It would never occur to me to hang pants on a hanger. As far as I am aware the common expectation is that they would be kept in drawers...
by tony h
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: Lingerie floor

Shelley wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:51 pm

tony h, your link is hilarious!
Thank you. We find Father Ted and Dave Allen always cheer the day.
by tony h
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: Lingerie floor

In lifts (or elevators) they used to have an operator who would announce to the occupants "3rd floor", "reception" or whatever and "going up" or "going down" for those considering embarking. In department stores the lift operator would be required to announce the types of goods for sale on that floo...
by tony h
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: What do you call this job position?

In 2019, the person who heads the cleaning crew committee would be called the "Char." In the abbreviated version of char I would expect a domestic servant substantially equivalent to cleaner. A char would never live in. Some households of my youth had butler, cook and char, alternatively a butler a...