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by trolley
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Go Pound Salt ???
Replies: 12
Views: 9722

Re: Go Pound Salt ???

I've never heard it as "pound salt". My Dad often used the expression "pound sand". Even as a kid, it was pretty clear to me what it meant...but I can remember being confused about why... then again, "Go fuck yourself" didn't make much sense to my young self, either. Just to clarify- he never direct...
by trolley
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Forgiveness application?
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: Forgiveness application?

I guess that would be "signing a waiver". Is that common practice in your country, Steve? Here, we would just opt not to sue, rather than creating some sort of official document.
by trolley
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Dealing with canvassers
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Dealing with canvassers

Early one morning, there was a knock at my door. I opened it to see a young couple standing there. One of them held up a Watchtower pamphlet and said "I'm sure you've seen this before." I replied " I'm sure you've seen this before" and closed the door. It seemed so perfect, I almost opened the door ...
by trolley
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Quite the pickle
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Quite the pickle

Steve, look up "double entendre" or "sexual innuendo". On the surface, the words or phrases in your example refer to McDonald's ingredients, but below the surface...not so much.
by trolley
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Make someone's stomach turn
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: Make someone's stomach turn

. But I don't think this meaning fits this situation. Does it have another meaning? I think it must have another meaning, at least, to the writer. There are physiological changes caused by extreme emotion that can be felt in the gut. Nervousness can cause "butterflies in the stomach", fear can caus...
by trolley
Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Squeeze in
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Re: Squeeze in

In North America, you might also hear "scooch".
"Everyone, scooch in (or scooch together).
by trolley
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: If not disciplined
Replies: 2
Views: 628

Re: If not disciplined

B is commenting on A's ability to maintain a fitness program. It takes (self) discipline to run everyday, rain or shine. The "nothing, if not" part is a little harder to explain. Sometimes, it is used disparagingly, meaning there is nothing else admirable about A except his discipline. In this case,...
by trolley
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Describing someone as fat
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: Describing someone as fat

Bonnie is correct, Steve. That's a tricky one. While there probably isn't a polite way to mention it (especially to the person in question) there are "less impolite" ways to describe that person to another person if you were using it as a description in order to identify a particular person. "I alwa...
by trolley
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Plastic cover
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Re: Plastic cover

It's called bubble-wrap. It's used as packaging material to help protect fragile items during shipping. It is sometimes jokingly referred to as "stress wrap" or a "stress blanket"...but not because it reduces stress on the object that has been wrapped. There is something satisfying and calming about...
by trolley
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The money
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Re: The money

I think they are both correct, Steve. You'd be far more likely to hear "I got the money..." from a native speaker, in conversation.
by trolley
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Quack
Replies: 2
Views: 863

Re: Quack

I think most people would use it to refer to a (poorly skilled Doctor) but Wikipedia also has this as an alternative definition: "a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, qualification or credentials they do not possess; a charlatan or snake oil salesman"...seems ...
by trolley
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crescent seating
Replies: 4
Views: 1630

Re: Crescent seating

I think that whole space is a bay window...and a pretty nice one, at that. Those are window seats.
by trolley
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Humorous comparisons
Replies: 51
Views: 26178

Re: Humorous comparisons

"and behold, God's fifteen"...Smash!!..."ten commandments!"
by trolley
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A rural area
Replies: 8
Views: 3522

Re: A rural area

Very true, Bonnie. That whole “ I can call myself XXX and my friends can call me XXX, but not everyone can call me XXX without insulting me” thing would be difficult to explain, though. I live on acreage in a pretty rural area of Vancouver Island. I’m sure that a lot of folks I know consider me a bi...
by trolley
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Between you and I
Replies: 12
Views: 3551

Re: Between you and I

It's possible that the annoying phrase "sooner than later" came about as a result of the similar sounding set phrase "sooner or later". Every time someone tells me that they need or want something from me sooner than later, I imagine I have all the time in the world. It doesn't matter when I get aro...