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by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 13
Views: 4692

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

I take Tony's point. Perhaps we should stop this thread. Can Phil stop further commenting?
by Bobinwales
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 13
Views: 4692

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

I would like to claim authorship but I'm afraid I can't. . I am not saying that there wasn’t a democratic mandate for Brexit at the time. I am just saying that if I narrowly decided to order fish at a restaurant that was known for chicken, but said that it was happy to offer fish, and so far I have ...
by Bobinwales
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Live off one's parents
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Live off one's parents

I would call him, A-lazy-sod-who-will-live-to-regret-being-a-lazy-sod-when-his-parents-have-popped-off.
by Bobinwales
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Re: Finnegans Wake and beesknees

Many years ago I was a part-time youth leader. Technically, I was there to encourage music and musicians but as I was the only arty one on the staff I had to encourage painters and poets as well. One such poet was a young man who had ridden a motorbike into a wall, damaging his head. His poetry cons...
by Bobinwales
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Scary
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Scary

A bloke in the pub told me that he was reading a book about two gay ghosts.
They couldn’t haunt together because they gave each other the willies.
by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that is vs. those are vs. it is
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Re: that is vs. those are vs. it is

I would say that none of them is correct.
Try,
They are the young people who do that.
by Bobinwales
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Re: Finnegans Wake and beesknees

I think you are very brave reading James Joyce, he is pretty hard work.

I can only assume that the character pronounces "business" as "bees knees". It is an odd way of doing things though.
by Bobinwales
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Be careful!
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: Be careful!

"Pavements are for walking, not riding bikes! You blithering idiot!"
IMPORTANT Use only if you are at least six foot two with large muscles and the bicycle rider is quite small.
by Bobinwales
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bad memory
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Bad memory

I usually say that I did have a good memory but I have forgotten what I did with it.
by Bobinwales
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Common courtesy
Replies: 1
Views: 429

Common courtesy

I experienced the WORST customer service the other day at a shop in town. I don't want to mention the name of the shop because I'm not sure how I'm going to proceed yet. Last Saturday morning I bought something from this shop. I paid cash for it. I took it home and found out it wouldn't work. So tod...
by Bobinwales
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: get it
Replies: 3
Views: 636

Re: get it

a. Get it better.
Makes no sense whatsoever.

c. Get it right.
d. Don't make any mistakes.

e. Get your moves right.
Make sure you don't make any mistakes.
by Bobinwales
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I was supposed to teach
Replies: 4
Views: 735

Re: I was supposed to teach

They all sound wrong to me. I would say,
I was talking to this young man to whom I was supposed to teach golf.
by Bobinwales
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Re: Violin, viola.

Yes Erik, we are most definitely in the vawz, varz and vayz territory. I rather suspected that one pronunciation was just as correct as the other!
And thank you Ken, I somehow did not not suspect that it could be a a UK/USA thing.
by Bobinwales
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Violin, viola.

I enjoyed a lovely string quartet last night. The viola player did most of the talking referring to her instrument as a VEE -OLA . I have always called it a VYE -OLA , after all, her sister was playing a VYE -OLIN not a VEE -OLIN, but it set me thinking about which is correct, VEE-OLA or VYE-OLA ? P...
by Bobinwales
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Having Drinking
Replies: 6
Views: 1300

Re: Having Drinking

I prefer this construction, and note the "a".
She's over there in Starbucks having a coffee.
She's over there in Starbucks drinking a coffee.