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by trolley
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A little further away
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: A little further away

I think they are grammatically correct (without getting into the further/farther discussion) but the idea of holding your phone too close or sitting too close to the television causing nearsightedness is an old myth. It could cause eye strain or headaches or some other issues. The need to hold the p...
by trolley
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Suitcases
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Suitcases

They are both suitcase (or luggage) handles. I might call the top one a retractable or telescopic handle, if I wanted to differentiate between the two types.
by trolley
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lip symptom
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Lip symptom

They look like cankers...but they're ugly enough to have checked out by a doctor.
by trolley
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 769

Re: Clothes hangers

In "Canlish", those sleeveless shirts are called "singlets" (if worn as an undershirt). Tank-tops usually would refer to a a women's sleeveless shirt and, if worn by a man they'd be called muscle shirts. Gumboots (or gumbies) is pretty common here. When I was younger, any rubber foot wear were calle...
by trolley
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Peppa Effect
Replies: 0
Views: 195

The Peppa Effect

https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/the-peppa-effect-canadian-kids-adopting-english-accent-parents-report-1.4295152 I saw this on the news, this morning. When I was a kid (early 60s) we only had two teleivision channels. At that time, we did not get many American programs. Most of out tv content was fr...
by trolley
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: Lingerie floor

Did you have to wear one of those double-breasted uniforms with the pill box cap and chin strap? It just occurred to me that the elevator operator, the bell hop, and the telegram person all wore similar uniforms. I guess they were all a similar rank...unless you had some epaulettes.
by trolley
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: What do you call this job position?

The Char recognizes Shelley's comment.
by trolley
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Another Random Observation
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: Another Random Observation

"Now stay tuned for some breaking wind news from the UK."
by trolley
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Another Random Observation
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Another Random Observation

I’m not sure when it began, and it may have been happening for years, without me noticing. I am noticing it, now. More and more I hear meteorologists, in Canada speaking of “weather events”. It used to be rainy or windy or snowy. If it was a significant amount, then it would be a rain storm or a win...
by trolley
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Eggs

No, Steven. I don't think I could.
by trolley
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 857

They Shall Not Grow Old

I just watched Peter Jackson's film, "They Shall Not Grow Old". What an amazing and moving experience!. It is a documentary about British soldiers in WW1, told by those who were there. Using interviews with veterans and film footage (most of it unseen) from the archives of the Imperial War Museum, i...
by trolley
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Scrumping
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: Scrumping

The word sounded vaguely familiar but I wasn't aware of the definition. I scrumped a good deal of apples (and veggies) in my youth. I was not aware of what an awful crime it was until I took up gardening. I'd be after someone's head if I was ever the victim of a garden raid (now that I'm a cranky ol...
by trolley
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Eggs

The holder is called an egg cup...but you probably won't find many people eating balut (hột vịt lộn) from them, over here.
by trolley
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kids' toy
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Re: Kids' toy

We used to make those out of coffee cans or old paint cans. We called them tin can stilts.
by trolley
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dog paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: Dog paddle

On a side note, I’m not so sure I’d call the dog/doggie paddle a “stroke”. It’s really just a notch and a half above drowning (when performed by humans). I think of strokes as long, full movements…breaststroke, backstroke, sidestroke (whatever happened to that?). Steven, it would seem more natural t...