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by trolley
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Didn't see it coming...
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Didn't see it coming...

I overheard this one at work, today.
"I was completely blind-sighted."
by trolley
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: life-saved
Replies: 5
Views: 77

Re: life-saved

Now, I'm thought-provoked. I'll bet she's life-changed after such an experience.
by trolley
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Steak
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Steak

Neither have I. Steve, where did you hear this definition of "steak"? I could find only one reference and (as I suspected) it was on urbandictionary.com. That's usually a pretty good indication that it won't be considered polite or proper by a lot of people.
by trolley
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big frying pan
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: Big frying pan

In the "biz", that's called a "griddle" or a "flat-top". Typically, a "grill" has a ridged surface.
by trolley
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Place to practice martial arts
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Place to practice martial arts

The Japanese loanword "dojo" is the only thing that comes to mind. I think this would be understood by most English speakers who had, even a passing, familiarity with Eastern martial arts.
by trolley
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Well! I should.
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: Well! I should.

I would use "Well, I did."
by trolley
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 15589

Re: blind men on galloping horses

The first time I tried it was when I went to a school mate's house for dinner. They had a small farm and my friend said we were having "Shake 'n Bake" (not sure how well that translates for the wizards across the water...check this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shake_%27n_Bake) I thought there were ...
by trolley
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 536

Re: Peachy

A douchebag is a feminine hygiene apparatus. About 25 or 30 years ago I started hearing it used as an insult. It seems to have really gained traction in the last few years. It describes an obnoxious, contemptable person (usually male). It' was similar to sleazy (sleaze bag) with a touch of smarmy an...
by trolley
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 536

Re: Peachy

The tricky part is that it is not always meant sarcastically. Sometimes, when people say they are "peachy", they are just that... pretty damned good, can't complain, things could be a lot worse.
by trolley
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mung (the verb)
Replies: 2
Views: 414

Re: mung (the verb)

When I was a kid, "mung" was used to describe something that was dirty, rotten, slimy, bad, spoiled, disgusting, etc. "You forgot to put that milk back in the fridge. Now it's gone all mungy" "Wash your hands. You've got mung all over them." "Thanks a lot. You really munged that up for me" I still r...
by trolley
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 15589

Re: blind men on galloping horses

I've never heard the galloping horse bit. My Grandmother would say "a blind man would be happy to see that", meaning the severity of an error, omission or imperfection was determined by a individual's point of view. At least, that what I took it to mean. Somehow, I keep thinking about those "poor st...
by trolley
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kleptocracy
Replies: 4
Views: 610

Re: kleptocracy

That's a new one on me, Ken. It started me thinking about rule by other particular groups and I came across this https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/07/18/words-ending-with-cracy/ Some of these sounded so outrageous I wasn't sure if they were joking or not... pornocracy= government by prostitut...
by trolley
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Re: Charmed

I agree with both of Erik's comments. It also seems very old-fashioned and quite formal.. I don't think I've ever heard it used in a real conversation. Often, when I come across it (in movies or books) it is followed by "I'm sure". That always sounded peculiar to me. Even when "charmed, I'm sure" is...
by trolley
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 926

Re: Do someone else's work

:shock:
by trolley
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 926

Re: Do someone else's work

Thanks everyone. I'm truly humbled by all your help and support. I may never have to do anything for myself again.
John