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by trolley
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hyper/Hypo
Replies: 3
Views: 31

Hyper/Hypo

I was watching an old (1951) movie the other night and they showed a newspaper with this (or some similar) headline: “Calhoon’s Tour Hypoed by Hollywood“. Hypoed didn’t really seem to fit the bill. They were trying to promote the tour and, although I’d never seen the word “hypoed” before, it sounded...
by trolley
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Affection
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Re: Affection

1. My girlfriend doesn't like showing affection to ward (s) me in public. 2. My girlfriend doesn't like to display affection towards me in public. 3. My girlfriend doesn't like to express affection to ward (s) me in public. ...those are my picks... As a side note, the younger set around here calls t...
by trolley
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pitted/pittered out?
Replies: 4
Views: 145

pitted/pittered out?

I heard Gordon Ramsay talking about one of the contestants on Hell’s Kitchen. He described them as being great in the beginning, but then they just “pittered” (or maybe) “pitted” out? I rewound it a few times but was never really sure what he was saying. It seems too close to the American phrase, “p...
by trolley
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to repair your computer
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: to repair your computer

Context, context. Without knowing the conversation that lead to that statement, I think it could be any of those. I feel that "is the man" has become a set phrase meaning " is the best man". With nothing else to go on, I'd probably assume that was the intent.
by trolley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nuts thing
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: Nuts thing

I've never seen one of those before. They look handy. I have no idea what they are called but if I had to invent a name for them I'd go with "nut key"
by trolley
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swings
Replies: 7
Views: 593

Re: Swings

Steve There are specific names for different types of these things but I would say that any seat or platform suspended by rope, chain or wire (intended to move back and froth) is a swing. In fact, they don't even need a seat to qualify. A simple rope suspended from a fixed point that you could hang ...
by trolley
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hue and Cry
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Hue and Cry

heard in the wild, today...
"and there was a great human cry when Trump declared that he wanted to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement."
by trolley
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sonogram
Replies: 8
Views: 834

Re: Sonogram

Indoor or outdoor plumbing?
by trolley
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: woe betide
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: woe betide

With any luck, it will bode ill before it actually betides ill. That way, you have at least a half-chance of avoiding it.
by trolley
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: woe betide
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: woe betide

After reading this I thought, "Oh no! I 've been packing an eggcorn around in my pocket for my whole life." It turned out not to be the case, though. My dear old mom always used an expression, "fit to be tied" meaning very angry. Ken had me thinking that I had misinterpreted that saying for sixty ye...
by trolley
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Outdoor area
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Outdoor area

There's a lot of different answers to that question. I'd say it was a veranda...but I know many folks that would say it was a sun-deck.
by trolley
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Didn't see it coming...
Replies: 2
Views: 443

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: 711

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: 768

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: 789

Re: Big frying pan

In the "biz", that's called a "griddle" or a "flat-top". Typically, a "grill" has a ridged surface.