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by tony h
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A title on a ship
Replies: 7
Views: 77

Re: A title on a ship

trolley is right but there are variations depending on the size of the boat and whether they are navy, merchant or pleasure.

On smaller boats the second in command can be the first mate and the captain is often called the Skipper or Skip - but definitely not Skippy.
by tony h
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Black hats
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Black hats

They are BEARSKINS Steven. I understand that they are actually made from bear fur, but because of pressure, and expense, they are now being replaced with new ones made from artificial fur. I am fairly sure that no successful artificial alternative has yet been found. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news...
by tony h
Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: North Korea

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:29 pm
The 'Merkins like spelling zees, so it seemed only right.
Is this a character from a niche film : "Merkin: the spelling wig" ?
by tony h
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Beta
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: Beta

Steven the examples you quote here seem most unpleasant. Certainly not anything I would expect to hear. Having said that the meaning seems clear. In programmes about animals you will often hear about the Alpha Males who are the leaders with the main requirement being strong fighters and gain rights ...
by tony h
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hide and seek
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Hide and seek

trolley you are quite right. I had forgotten about it and on
by tony h
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: other than that
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: other than that

I don't know what I will be doing next week except that I will meet John.
by tony h
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hide and seek
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Hide and seek

I have never know a term for thes but I would coin hiders and seekers.

My grandchildren say: "M you hide and I will find you" or "I'm hiding and B is coming to find us".
by tony h
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A kind of vegetable
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: A kind of vegetable

Erik, very impressive.

And no, it isn't eaten often in the UK. It isn't generally available in shops here.
by tony h
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: any ideas on the difference betwwen paint kettles and paint scuttles?
Replies: 3
Views: 135

any ideas on the difference betwwen paint kettles and paint scuttles?

It is odd when words one uses without thinking suddenly demand to be noticed. Today I bought a paint kettle, a one pint kettle, and a paint scuttle, a much larger affair for use with a roller. I asked for the items, and as I waited, as I had done so on so many previous occasions, the question came a...
by tony h
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your job again
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: your job again

Before I read your options, my first thought of a scenario was of an interrogator going over statements with a witness Q: What was your job again? A: At the end of the shift my job is to check the remaining drugs in the cabinet tally with the chits for the issued drugs. or A: To find a suitable hide...
by tony h
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: comma question

I can't imagine using any of those sentences. What's the context? Are you introducing someone at a gathering? Pointing to someone across the room? Or wanting to be remembered to someone who isn't there (as in: Say hey to Pete & Tom when you see them.)? Petra had gone round to her mother's for dinne...
by tony h
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mostly we get good deals
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: mostly we get good deals

Also of interest is the difference between a) Mostly we get research grants at this university, but sometimes they do. b) Mostly we get the research grants at this university, but sometimes they do. a) can be ... a1) Mostly we get research grants at this university, but sometimes they do as well. - ...
by tony h
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Believe
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: Believe

Both are equally good.
by tony h
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Envelope
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Envelope

I am sure they used to have a specific name but I can't remember what it is, "button and string" is what I have heard in recent years.
by tony h
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Around one's waist
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: Around one's waist

Yes, or wrapped, but tied is better in this case.