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by trolley
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Technology
Replies: 4
Views: 38

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: 63

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: 78

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: 202

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: 185

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: 229

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: 418

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: 585

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: 764

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: 2142

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.
by trolley
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bossed by one's girlfriend
Replies: 6
Views: 880

Re: Bossed by one's girlfriend

Most that spring to mind aren't specific to the situation that you describe. They are more generic terms describing someone being bullied by another person, without regard to their gender or their relationship to each other...badgered, browbeaten, coerced, dominated, intimidated. There are two that ...
by trolley
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Needle
Replies: 3
Views: 599

Re: Needle

They both sound a bit formal. You're more likely to hear "you're almost on empty/almost on E". I don't think a native speaker would reference the needle.
by trolley
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Win against someone
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: Win against someone

Steve, there's probably too many to list. Many of the words or phrases can also be used to describe other types of victories...in an argument, in a sporting contest, in a war, etc. A common one used to describe besting someone in a physical altercation is to "beat someone up". "Kicking someone's ass...
by trolley
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Cackalacky and derivatives
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: Cackalacky and derivatives

I doubt you’ll get a definitive answer on that one. There seems to be a lot of folks trying to track the origin down and as many different theories as there are researchers. Most of the theories sound like complete cack. I don’t listen to rap and had never heard the North/South Carolina connection. ...
by trolley
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 1992

Re: Finnegans Wake and beesknees

As kids, we used "beeswax" as a substitute word for business...
"Mind your own beeswax!" I'm not even sure why we needed a euphemism to soften "business".