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by tony h
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Career
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Career

A late contribution. He is a high flyer. He is destined for high office. Or, of a company decision to get someone up the ranks, "he is being fast tracked". On a different note. To say "someone is flying a kite" (I think) means that they have voiced an idea to see if people will support it or not. I ...
by tony h
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: consorting in government departments
Replies: 2
Views: 27

consorting in government departments

Today I received a letter from that beloved of all government agencies HMRC. In it the lady says "I have consorted with one of my colleagues and have cancelled ...". Now my immediate reaction to this was to understand: 1. she had rumpy pumpy with her colleague to gain a cancellation of ... (I though...
by tony h
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 350

Re: currently sat

Well done Erik. They all, to me, have that sense of the activity being completed and the status will not change until some new significant event happens. He was sat - you could come back in half an hour or half a day and he would still be sat. He was bent over his books - well you know he is engross...
by tony h
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not the same time
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: not the same time

Yes. But why would you want to? With the first dull light of the 22nd April 1915 the town of Ypres started the daily habit of living. Some way further forward Captain Bob wrote to his mother. "Dearest Mother, I have left this to be posted in case I don't make it. Don't cry for me but cry for the st...
by tony h
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: who were my teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: who were my teachers

Bobinwales wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:37 pm
So changing "one point" to "some time", (a) is the least cumbersome.
Quite agree, "some point" also works.

But if you are seriously looking for a phrase to use you would be better off throwing these away and starting afresh.
by tony h
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 350

Re: currently sat

I suspect also that it is from the broad London region (Estuary English), which may root it in East Anglian or Essex dialects. I know the old Thames was said to be two miles wide but it would still be hard to believe Estuary English extended to the Ridings; not the wapentakes of the north nor the h...
by tony h
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 350

Re: currently sat

I appreciate that your question is directed to a better grammarian than me. The use of sat conveys a permanence to the activity (or lack of activity) that sitting does not. My father-in-law would be sat in front of the telly watching the football, whereas the Reverend Fotheringay was sitting in a wa...
by tony h
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave her the flashlight to...
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: gave her the flashlight to...

Hmmmm. Of your 4 sentences, the first 3 are fine. Something troubles me about "We send you to school to acquire useful knowledge," although I cannot pin down why. If it's American schools being referred to, I think I can pin down your discomfort with it: our schools don't teach much "useful knowled...
by tony h
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: tinfoil hat

Ah, the tricorne . Note that I have used the more proper spelling! I never realised, I never gave it much thought, that the tricorne is the "modern" name for the cocked hat. I quote this from Wikipedia: "The tricorne appeared as a result of the evolution of the broad-brim round hat used by Spanish s...
by tony h
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: tinfoil hat

BonnieL wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Bobinwales wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:15 pm
I have never heard of a tinfoil hat. Tricorn hat however...
Paul Revere and the Raiders! Yay! :D

Good times - good memories.
Ok, I looked up "Paul Revere and the Raiders" but what is the connection to tinfoil or tricorn hat?
by tony h
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: milquetoast
Replies: 1
Views: 258

milquetoast

The very model of a modern Word Wizard!

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by tony h
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: tinfoil hat

Bob, you look rather dashing in that one, more principle boy than roguish highwayman. But back to the subject ... It seems, from the various sources, that "tinhat" serves the same purpose as "tinfoil hat". I wonder whether this didn't catch on in the UK because "tinhat" was a joking, but admiring, t...
by tony h
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Bizarre photo
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Bizarre photo

Dear Phil, this reminded me of an incident when I was working on a logistics project. There was a project meeting, for the benefit of the client's key directors at a factory in Ashby de la Zouche. One of the key subjects was a report on the progress in getting a "balanced loading" algorithm to work....
by tony h
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Purely out of curiosity: loth/loath
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: Purely out of curiosity: loth/loath

Bobinwales wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:59 pm
It doesn't half make you feel a twit!
I am loath to say it but, if you are going to, make sure you have the twit's permission in writing.
by tony h
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: English Language in Africa
Replies: 0
Views: 76

English Language in Africa

An interesting piece on the rise of English in African countries - including being moves to being adopted as an Official Language in some Francophone countries. https://www.booksforafrica.org/assets/documents/2013-ASA-Conference---English-Language-in-Africa-PAPER.pdf I copied this from the introduct...