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by trolley
Fri May 18, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: conservative kidney
Replies: 9
Views: 1823

Re: conservative kidney

I wonder if someone could "change their kidney" towards something. I googled aound but kept coming up with stories about medical problems and procedures. It was so depressing, I gave up looking. Welcome Eliza
by trolley
Sun May 13, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to pay and watch
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: to pay and watch

This had me wonder where the idea that you cannot begin a sentence with a conjuction ever came from. This was drilled into my head as one of the unbreakable rules. Years later, I discovered that this was not the case but, even still, when I see a sentence begin with "and"...it gives me pause.
by trolley
Fri May 11, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bathroom device
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: Bathroom device

It's called a squeegee.
by trolley
Tue May 08, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Secrets

Another way to say this is “to put/keep something in the vault”. This phrase gained a lot of traction after appearing in a few Seinfeld episodes in the 90s but I can recall using it much earlier. The idea of keeping a secret hidden away under lock and key goes back at least as far as my early childh...
by trolley
Sun May 06, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: All together

I'm thinking:
the all together- every piece there is-the complete package-the full monty.
by trolley
Fri May 04, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: to wear in cold weather

Of those three, only (8) seems to imply obligation. In (2) and (5), we're talking about a jacket to be worn... I suspect there are others I could wear that are also suitable. In (8), "that" is the jacket that is to be worn. I'm obligated.
by trolley
Thu May 03, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Twins
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Re: Twins

I would never assume someone was preggers unless I actually saw some crowning. One should never pass up a good opportunity to keep their mouth shut.
by trolley
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: spoony

Nice work, Bob. Is there some significance to the attached "ball and chain"...other than the obvious? :lol:
by trolley
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: you won't believe it
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: you won't believe it

I'm not sure if #1 is correct without the comma #3 seems to work best, for me. Both #2 and #4 leave me wondering if I am going to be in disbelief because of the amount of dresses or whether the dresses, themselves, are unbelievable. "He tells so many stories, you won't believe it." (an unbelievable ...
by trolley
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grenades
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: Grenades

I imagine brevity was of the utmost importance when a hand-bomb landed in your trench
"Frag!".................BOOM!
"Grenade!".....BOOM!
"Potato-MasBOOM!
by trolley
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: spoony

"Another "spoon" is a verb referring to love-making or necking. That use of "spoon" may stem from a Welsh custom in which an engaged man presented his fiancé with an elaborately carved wooden spoon." I am surprised that they went all the way to Wales to come up with that "may stem from". It's easier...
by trolley
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mountains
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Mountains

Those are my stomping grounds, Steve...after a 90 minute ferry trip.
by trolley
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mountains
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Mountains

Steve, there are many different things you could call that. The actual structure, I would call a “deck” or “platform”. An area set aside for viewing some natural splendor is often called a “lookout” or a “view-point” (but they may or may not be man-built). If I were to describe it to someone I would...
by trolley
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shine one's knuckles
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: shine one's knuckles

Good call, Erik. Polishing up her brass knuckles makes a little more sense.
by trolley
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shine one's knuckles
Replies: 3
Views: 341

shine one's knuckles

This line is from a news article I was reading on Rabble.ca. “It won’t work, you know. She’s tougher than you. When Canada’s scumbags come at her, she shines her knuckles.” She does what? and why? It would seem that she is shining her knuckles in preparation for a fight. I am a big fan of martial ar...