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by trolley
Mon May 20, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Party thing
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Party thing

...oops...confetti poppers. Confetti poopers are probably something quite different.
by trolley
Sun May 19, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Party thing
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Party thing

Those are confetti bombs, confetti poopers, confetti cannons.
by trolley
Thu May 16, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A duck walks into a drug store...
Replies: 1
Views: 147

A duck walks into a drug store...

"Give me a tube of Chapstick and put it on my bill."
by trolley
Wed May 15, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Paint one's buttocks green
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: Paint one's buttocks green

Steve, I don't think there is any specific meaning to the painting part. It's not a set phrase or an idiom. I think it is just an exaggerated indication of how useless any of her actions would be towards making him change his ways. Standing on her head, reciting the alphabet backwards, lighting her ...
by trolley
Sat May 11, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: heterodox

Ken Greenwald wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 7:21 pm
But ‘homodox’ doesn’t seem to have caught on that much in dictionaries and the only ones I found it in were Wiktionary and the Urban Dictionary.
I was surprised to see that. Wiki and Urban Dictionary aren't the most reliable sources...usually.
by trolley
Fri May 10, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: heterodox

Good one, Ken. After reading that, I thought, "shouldn't the antonym of heterodox be homodox? (if there was such a word)". It turns out there is such a word, although Onelook didn't recognize it (nor does the spell-checker on this site). Homodox means "having the same opinion or belief". Orthodox se...
by trolley
Sun May 05, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hit a triple
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Re: Hit a triple

Steve, in this case they are not using the baseball metaphor in reference to sex. Third base refers to the idea that you have "almost made it", almost acheived your goal. In the sexual definition, first base would be kissing, second would be intimate touching (clothed), third would be intimate skin ...
by trolley
Fri May 03, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sleeping style
Replies: 8
Views: 502

Re: Sleeping style

This is the "fetal" (or "foetal") position.
by trolley
Wed May 01, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: alright to...
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: alright to...

Both "alright" and "all right" are alright with me and have the same meaning.
by trolley
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toot one's own horn
Replies: 2
Views: 1279

Re: Toot one's own horn

Yes, Steve. It means all of those things and is still a common expression in my neck of the woods. Sometimes used with "blow" rather than "toot" and "trumpet" rather than horn, but it's all the same idea. To "trumpet" something is to proclaim it loudly and enthusiastically.
by trolley
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A moral boost
Replies: 6
Views: 2280

Re: A moral boost

It would be handy if it did provide a "moral boost". I can think of quite a few people who could use a cup or two.
by trolley
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trips to the bathroom
Replies: 2
Views: 1321

Re: Trips to the bathroom

"Going to the bathroom" is sometimes used (in North America) to mean the act of biological elimination, rather than the actual walk to the lavatory. People who are said to have a "shy bladder" have difficulty "going to the bathroom" in front of other people. "Making many trips..." may not be more id...
by trolley
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 3332

Re: happy ones

Of course, lyrics are more important in some types of songs than others. You wouldn’t have much of a ballad without lyrics. I enjoy a good instrumental piece as much as the next guy but if there are lyrics, I need to listen to them…I can’t help myself. I always thought that people who did not unders...
by trolley
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 3332

Re: happy ones

I always found it so strange that my wife doesn't pay attention to song lyrics. She loves music and can easily pick out the voice of a particular artist from a crowd. She knows the name of the song and probably the words in the chorus but couldn't tell you what the song was about. As Tony puts it, t...
by trolley
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all those who should be here
Replies: 3
Views: 1404

Re: all those who should be here

The ambiguity is created by not clafifying why they are absent ( or exactly what is owed to them). Are they down at the pub? Do you owe them thanks for not showing up?
"We owe thanks (or owe this victory) to our fallen comrades (or those who are no longer here).