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by trolley
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: tenses
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: tenses

I assumed that the offence for which Tom or the shopkeeper was arrested was the stealing of the badge so it's hard for me to imagine the theft occurring later. I also assumed that if you meant that the arrest came first, then you would have said it... "They arrested Tom, who later stole an officer's...
by trolley
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Getting back with an ex
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Getting back with an ex

It has nothing to do with decency (or cleanliness). The meaning behind the statement is that it is a bad (pointless?) idea. It makes about as much sense as putting on dirty clothes after you shower...or scratching a spot that is not itchy...or rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic...
by trolley
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pipe break
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Pipe break

Quite so. It's like having a car crash.
by trolley
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pipe break
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Pipe break

"a friend that breaks all your dopest peices."... I don't understand that, either, Steve but it has nothing to do with what is being talked about here. They are talking about a (water? sewer?) pipe that is in the basement and has broken (burst, failed) and caused some damage to the basement and/or g...
by trolley
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: where he works
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: where he works

When I read that statement, with no context, my first thought was "John knows where who works?... Mike?...Gary?" As Erik said, it's unlikely to be taken as in your second option and I eliminated your first because, really, doesn't everybody "know where they work"?
by trolley
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Guacamole strategy
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: Guacamole strategy

I'm familiar with the game but had never heard of a "Whack-a-Mole strategy". It is an apt description, though...frantically trying to hammer out solutions as they pop up...being reactive rather than proactive. I like it but I probably will start using "guacamole strategy". That is, until someone acc...
by trolley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bars at a border
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Bars at a border

It just occurred to me that "skookum" is probably not an adjective that folks outside my neck of the woods are familiar with. Bonnie, are you familiar with that word, down there?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skookum
by trolley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bars at a border
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Bars at a border

Good question, Steve. The whole structure is a fence. On a wooden fence, those vertical parts would be called pickets, or maybe spindles or balusters but that doesn't seem correct, in this case. If it was a wrought iron fence they would be spires. These ones seem a little too skookum to be called ba...
by trolley
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Easy on the eye
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: Easy on the eye

Indeed it does, Steve.
by trolley
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: where the monkey put the nuts
Replies: 5
Views: 4031

Re: where the monkey put the nuts

I'd be willing to bet that you are correct about which "jam" the phrase refers to....the spreadable kind, the kind that all kids love, the kind that the White Queen offered (or didn't offer) to Alice. Jam is (or was) something very desirable. "I had a pretty good family life, growing up in the 60s.....
by trolley
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Father's Day
Replies: 0
Views: 494

Father's Day

A belated Happy Father's Day to all the dads...those ones still with us and those who are not. It is a very tough and important job and I, for one, did not make it any easier on my old man.
by trolley
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Effing
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: Effing

I don't find it offensive, but, keep in mind that everyone has a different level of acceptance. I am not really offended by the word that it stands for and putting a mask, or a splash of perfume, or a drop of honey on it doesn't change the meaning. It's usually a good idea to know your audience and ...
by trolley
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Keeper
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: Keeper

In this case, a "keeper" is something that is worth keeping. It is something that has some value and should be held onto.
by trolley
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: strikingly
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Re: strikingly

To me, #5 sounds the least strange of them all. I wondered if #6 really meant that it was surprising that the painting was not done in black and white and the writer had simply forgotten a punctuation point (comma? em dash? colon?...)
"6) Colour has been used in these paintings, strikingly."
by trolley
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like it does with
Replies: 1
Views: 447

Re: like it does with

In examples 2 and 3, I don't think your vision was affected at all. Example 1 may be a little less clear but I would assume your vision was not affected. I think if all 3 had a comma after "vision", I'd even be more that sure your vision was not impacted at all. I would tend to think that if you did...