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by trolley
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: incomprehensible statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 113

Re: incomprehensible statistics

If your head is in the oven and your feet are in the freezer, on average you are quite comfortable...
by trolley
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kitchen device
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Kitchen device

I had to use one when I worked as a prep-cook. It didn't have a guard...you just used the palm of your hand to slide the food across the blades. Thankfully, no one had to taste my blood but they may have tasted a few drops of my sweat. That thing gave me nightmares!
by trolley
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kitchen device
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Kitchen device

That's a mandoline...an absolutely terrifying gadget! Everything goes along fine...until it doesn't!
by trolley
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Goldilocks and the thermal characteristics of porridge
Replies: 22
Views: 5886

Re: Goldilocks and the thermal characteristics of porridge

I stumbled upon this thread while searching some unrelated topic. I figured I'd bump it to the top...some things deserve to be reread. I'm still smiling.
by trolley
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: midway
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: midway

I guess they can all mean the same thing and, when they do, c is synonymous with the other two. Delete the "halfway","midway", and "right". That leaves no doubt that they all mean the same thing and I'm not left pondering whether or not he only walked to the middle of the street and stopped (crossed...
by trolley
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: foofaraw
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: foofaraw

I've witnessed a few hoo-haws, and been involved in a few brouhas but I am not familiar with the foofaraw. Sounds like a bit of a kerfuffle.
by trolley
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Your Christmas challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: Your Christmas challenge

Why "pigs" though? I wonder if it has something to do with piggies and digits..."this little piggy went to market..." A three finger whisky for Ginny. You go girl!
by trolley
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bupkus/bubkis/bubkes
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: bupkus/bubkis/bubkes

Ken, it’s interesting to note that, in English (North American English, at least) the word “shit” can be used in the same way as “bupkis” “He doesn’t know shit” “That’s not worth shit” You could also substitute the word “beans” in either of those sentences but I don’t think there is any connection i...
by trolley
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Seafood
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Seafood

The name of that animal is sea urchin. Often, when people are speaking of them as food, they will use the Japanese word "uni".
by trolley
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: Secrets

Good question, Steve. There’s lots of words and expressions that describe that “general” type of person (Google “tattle tale” or “gossip monger” or “Judas”) but I can’t think of any that are specific to betraying your secrets. Every one that I can think of seems to mean a little more than just that.
by trolley
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used to lie down
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: Thing used to lie down

I've never seen those before but I thought I'd try Googling "inflatable lounger"...and there they were. Some brand names are Air Chair, Cloud Lounger and Pocket Couch.
by trolley
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The bones of his ass
Replies: 4
Views: 269

The bones of his ass

This one just popped into my head this morning. I heard this expression many times from my father when I was growing up. He had a lot of colourful phrases. When he used this one, it clearly meant that a person was broke or very poor. “He’s been on the bones of his ass ever since he got fired, last y...
by trolley
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Smoking device
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Smoking device

I think he's asking you what you call those pipes. Try to spell that Vietnamese word using English letters and rules.
by trolley
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sea change
Replies: 10
Views: 889

Re: Sea change

Ken, it's good to "see" you. Welcome back.
by trolley
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Smoking device
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Smoking device

I've never seen those bamboo pipes before. Another article says that the draw is taken through water to cool the smoke like a hookah or other water pipe. Those must be the inspiration for the "bong" which I thought was an invention of the '70s.