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by trolley
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: avoid vs prevent
Replies: 1
Views: 48

avoid vs prevent

I heard a local politician, this morning, proclaim " We have put measures in place to avoid this from happening again." Does that seem correct? Did he misspeak or is that some sort of poli-talk...something a little less than prevention? Now that I think about it, he may have said "to avoid this happ...
by trolley
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bloody
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: Bloody

...and definitely avoid "fuckin' blow-ass" if you're trying to be nice about it.
by trolley
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Is 'babble' related to 'Tower of Babel'?
Replies: 3
Views: 15367

Re: Is 'babble' related to 'Tower of Babel'?

Welcome Razz. That's one hell of an entrance.
by trolley
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Glass thing
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: Glass thing

Full length mirror, floor mirror, stand mirror
by trolley
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: didn't like him for
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: didn't like him for

It could also mean that you are seeking someone to talk curtly to your husband but you didn't like that guy for the job. Of course, as others have stated, no one is actually going to take that sentence to mean anything other than your first definition. You'd need to perform some mental gymnastics to...
by trolley
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Technology
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: Technology

Our resident IT specialist, at work is known as "our Geek". He even refers to himself as a geek. I once made the mistake of calling him "our nerd" and he corrected me...a liitle miffed. Strange breed, those fellows.
by trolley
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is best/are best
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: is best/are best

I agree with Jim. That's it in a nutshell. You have two choices. One choice is to use 8 colours, the other choice is to use 4 colours. You think that the 4 colour option is best. When you say "4 colours are (the) best", I would expect you are about to tell me which 4 particular colours those are.
by trolley
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I have a few questions I want to ask
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Re: I have a few questions I want to ask

Gee Celena, are you sure you don't really mean I have a few questions you want to ask? Since you found my question, you must have found the answers...
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by trolley
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Good work
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Re: Good work

Not at all, Steve. It's a compliment on a job well done and, as you say, encouragement to continue doing it well. I can't imagine anyone taking it as rude or patronizing, regarless of their age in relation to you.
by trolley
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Raip?
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Raip?

Just read this on a blog about the US Open: "Andreescu falls behind love-15 but Andreescu raips a pair of winners and she’s two points from the title." She does what to a pair of winners? Precious little info on that one. The only definitions I could see were a Scottish word for rope or a measure eq...
by trolley
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Juicy hamburgers
Replies: 3
Views: 476

Re: Juicy hamburgers

A juicy burger refers to a burger that is not all dried out. Most of the "juice" is rendered fat (fat=flavour) and a bit of blood. Most of the restaurant burgers you get here in Canada, now, have been cooked to hell because of the (real) fear of E Coli. A few years ago you could order your burger ra...
by trolley
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mad unknown
Replies: 2
Views: 738

Re: Mad unknown

Theyre using mad as a substitute for very , completely or extremely . Its a slang usage that I first noticed about ten years ago and you are most likely to hear it from a younger person. If youre using mad this way (as an adverb), it should be madly . Compare "He was mad in love" "He was madly in lo...
by trolley
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Setting a sprat to catch a mackerel
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

Re: Setting a sprat to catch a mackerel

Not in my neck of the Canadian woods, Steve. I don't think I've ever heard it. In fact, I had to look up sprat to see what is was (besides that guy who couldn't eat fat). I can't think of another saying that conveys that same idea (using something small to gain something much larger). I thought abou...
by trolley
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Corrupt good manners
Replies: 5
Views: 1256

Re: Corrupt good manners

There are also several variations along the lines of "you are judged by the company you keep" which doesn't mean that your company will judge you but, rather, you will be judged by others based on the company you keep. I think it may be a biblical quote. I suppose it could be used to mean that If yo...
by trolley
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 7
Views: 2637

Re: Where should 'only' go?

Some, if not all, of those meanings can be implied without using "only" at all...try saying "she told him she loved him", using an emphasis on a different word each time you say it.