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by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Letter from a farm kid
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: Letter from a farm kid

I like that.
by Bobinwales
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Whoop ass
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: Whoop ass

Thank you Phil. I shall take great pleasure in quoting you.
by Bobinwales
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Whoop ass
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: Whoop ass

I afraid that it means absolutely nothing to me, perhaps someone with knowledge of American slang can help. And to be pedantic, an "ass" to me is a donkey, the part of the anatomy that rests on a chair is an "arse". I admit that I have come across a theory that "arse" was a later invention, but that...
by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Peter Principle
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: The Peter Principle

I used to work in the council department that was responsible for the collection of Refuse (we always used a capital letter to distinguish it from refuse). In 1998 I developed... . WILLIAMS’ LAWS OF REFUSE . First Law : Refuse expands to the outside of the container placed for it. . Second Law : Ref...
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Juice
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: Juice

My father used to say that his car was running out of juice when it needed petrol.
(Had he been American, it would have needed gasoline of course)
by Bobinwales
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whoever
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: whoever

I can't see anything wrong with any of those.
by Bobinwales
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Re: altogether

It is an expression, it has no factual meaning.
by Bobinwales
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Alive alive o
Replies: 3
Views: 1580

Re: Alive alive o

Sorry Phil. I really enjoy bad jokes and puns and I have collected them, changed some and made some up all my life.
I even won a prize from BBC Radio Wales for one once.
by Bobinwales
Tue Mar 23, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Alive alive o
Replies: 3
Views: 1580

Alive alive o

There were two cockles bouncing along the sea bed. A mummy cockle, and bless him, a baby cockle! Suddenly some phytoplankton drifted by! Mummy cockle turned and sucked in the lot! Baby cockle who was hungry, and after all he was growing, complained, "Why didn't you save some of that for me?" Mummy c...
by Bobinwales
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at the post office part II
Replies: 3
Views: 873

Re: at the post office part II

I wonder if it is worth chucking in what would probably happen in Wales. In the first place, we speak a language called "Wenglish". This was once described brilliantly as "English spoken through the medium of Welsh". And secondly, as there are thousands of us with the same surnames, Williams, Jones,...
by Bobinwales
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Slew hole
Replies: 5
Views: 1144

Re: Slew hole

I'm not at all sure if this helps.
by Bobinwales
Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It's a fruit thing
Replies: 1
Views: 1011

It's a fruit thing

A bloke in the pub asked if it was true that an apple a day kept the doctor away, or is it one of Granny's myths?
by Bobinwales
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: three of my teachers
Replies: 4
Views: 1044

Re: three of my teachers

The people who made me what I am, and one or two are still alive, are my old teachers.
I would say that an ex-teacher is someone who used to teach but doesn't any more.
by Bobinwales
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: high grades
Replies: 2
Views: 769

Re: high grades

1) I am trying to get as high grades as I can. I am trying to get the highest grades that I can. 2) I am trying to get grades as high as I can. It's not wrong I suppose, but it's not right either. 3) We don't make as expensive jackets as you do. No! 4) We don't make jackets as expensive as you do. ...
by Bobinwales
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for whom
Replies: 3
Views: 830

Re: for whom

They all look fine to me. I would use "whom" quite happily in those circumstances.
Is the plural in "the only factors driving" a typing error?