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by tony h
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Umbrella
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Re: Umbrella

Sunshade or sun-canopy. An umbrella, in England, is used in the rain.
by tony h
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Town house - USA usage.
Replies: 0
Views: 40

Town house - USA usage.

What are the social connotations of a "town house" in the USA? Does it have any connotations for : wealth, work, social status, crime? I am trying to understand the implication in a narrative (written in 2010) that is: knocking down existing housing and replacing with town houses; definitely not apa...
by tony h
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tablecloth
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Tablecloth

Erik, "she who knows" is adamant that it is not Broderie Anglaise but rather Nottingham lace. Apparently:- - Broderie Anglaise is material in which the pattern is cut out, or punched out, and then the edges are secured. - Nottingham Lace is a machine woven, and therefore flat lace, The holes are par...
by tony h
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Resources for learning English
Topic: Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase (1909)
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase (1909)

I am going to enjoy this. Thank you.

A first dipping found "balaclava a full beard" followed by an interesting history of the disappearance and reappearing of the beard in England.

Erik: I couldn't see how to download it. (edit) Found it.
by tony h
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?

It is proving difficult to get the differences into words. Obviously Erik is quite correct in what he says, he may well challenge me on my comments below. Let me get down a few thoughts. 1. A kind action can be gallant or chivalrous - there seems to be a bit more room for "show" in "gallant". 2. War...
by tony h
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: Ice

I never heard of beans or cream in one. Beans sound really weird! Cream I'd probably go for. :) I remember the beans in the grass jelly was very odd but once you get your taste buds acclimatised it is very interesting. You'll find a recipe here http://www.ayambrand.com.my/ayambrand-recipes/151-ice-...
by tony h
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: Ice

In the USA I believe they call it shaved ice. In structure it is very much a "slush" or "Slush puppy" mixed with beans, cream and other items as desired. Ice kacang (Malay pronunciation: [aɪs ˈkatʃaŋ]), literally meaning "bean ice", also commonly known as ABC (acronym for Air Batu Campur [air ˈbatu ...
by tony h
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: Ice

I have never seen one.
by tony h
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if they don't
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Re: if they don't

azz wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:20 am
I am not sure that 'if they don't' means 'if they don't in a week'.
'if they don't' does mean 'if they don't in a week'.
by tony h
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rice thing
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: Rice thing

A sickle. Not a billhook :) A sickle is used for light stemmed plants: grass, corn etc. A billhook is used for woody materials such as in hedging, clearing or coppicing. It is equivalent to a machete or light axe. You might like to compare a sickle with a scythe which is again used for light stemmed...
by tony h
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spirit bottle
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Spirit bottle

They are for pouring spirits so they are xxxxxx xxxxxxx

:)
by tony h
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Relationship
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: Relationship

Yes. They aren't subtle. But subtlety may not be what is needed.
by tony h
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: only one
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: only one

1) Only one is a wanderer. Two together are always going somewhere. 2) One alone is a wanderer. Two together are going somewhere. The first sentence is from the famous classic 'Vertigo' by Hitchcock. Source: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Vertigo I understand the sentence. But is it grammatical? How...
by tony h
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Book
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Book

Bibles often have bookmarkers bound in, often 2 or 3. Usually black then solid colours like red, green or blue. A friend of my Grandmother's had a bible with a single white ribbon which, I was informed, meant that she was a supporter of the temperance movement. I had to find a dictionary for that one.
by tony h
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with me
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: with me

I would have warned my brother, mom, sister, and that lazy, loafing brother-in-law of mine that "getting drunk with me ends badly". getting drunk with me ends badly - they were drinking alongside me and I led but they all contributed to the stupid things that day. getting drunk ends badly with me -...