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by tony h
Fri May 18, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A person
Replies: 2
Views: 108

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: 2064

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: 144

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: 511

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: 165

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: 85

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: 98

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: 292

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: 299

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: 4
Views: 222

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: 409

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...
by tony h
Tue May 08, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 910

Re: spoony

I think that spooning in the cuddling sense is far more likely to come from the way that two spoons fit together rather than ... I mused over the choice of spoon in this phrase whilst returning items to the cutlery drawer. Ours starts with the small spoon: the tease-spoon (OK, I know), and then mov...
by tony h
Tue May 08, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: All together

I see... The 'special' kind of 'special'! :D What did you dislike about it, Bob? (I've never read it, so I'm just curious.) Bob, I'm with Erik on this. You can't just leave it as "awful" without an explanation! Erik, time has turned it a few shades darker than it probably was at the time. It was ce...
by tony h
Tue May 08, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a van for carrying
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: a van for carrying

They gave me a/this van in which to carry my belongings ;)
by tony h
Mon May 07, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: Secrets

I'm not telling you.