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by trolley
Thu Dec 02, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: my and my wife's
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: my and my wife's

...and for more clarity "My wife and I have invited our respective co-workers"...even though you still might need to explain who works with who(m?) and whether or not any of them are mutual friends...
by trolley
Sat Nov 27, 2021 1:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 30 down to 11
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: 30 down to 11

I don't think I've heard it expressed that way but I'd guess they have six kids ranging in age from 11 to 30 years old
by trolley
Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: use of affect and effect as nouns
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: use of affect and effect as nouns

Yes, that's the easy way and probably the only distinction a 10 year old needs to remember but "affect" can be a noun. The difference between the two when they are both acting as nouns would be a little hard to grasp.
by trolley
Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: carefully approaching
Replies: 5
Views: 635

Re: carefully approaching

And, of course, all four sentences are incorrect if the the man approaching wasn’t really a copper
by trolley
Sat Nov 20, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: street vendor
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: street vendor

I just found it! My memory was a little off. They weren't silver buttons. They were pearl. The bloke was a "Pearlie" or "Pearly King". I could write a book on the things I don't know anything about...https://www.pearlies.org.uk/the-origina ... es-history
by trolley
Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: street vendor
Replies: 4
Views: 422

street vendor

Nothing to do with language, but I thought this would be a pretty good place to get an answer. When I was young there was a street vendor in our town who sold roasted chestnuts from a push-cart on the sidewalk. He had (to my untrained ear) a Cockney accent. Mostly, I remember his outfit. He was dres...
by trolley
Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Recover
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Re: Recover

I had a friend who expressed his health in terms of percentage but it was an overall expression rather than a degree of recovery.

"How are you feeling?"
"I'm running at about 75%"

That's pretty good, assuming that 0% would be dead...
by trolley
Thu Nov 18, 2021 1:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: he has become
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: he has become

Especially, if you are speaking with Yoda.
by trolley
Sun Nov 14, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Awful German by Mark Twain
Replies: 3
Views: 1548

Re: The Awful German by Mark Twain

I love Mark Twain...but this narrator is missing it by a mile. That's not the author's voice.
by trolley
Sat Nov 13, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lose and Shed
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Re: Lose and Shed

Footnote:
Animals shed...people don't, at least none that I've met.
by trolley
Fri Nov 12, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might still
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Re: might still

#6 tells me three things:
1. He has lung cancer
2. He is/was a smoker
3. It is not certain that the cancer was caused by his smoking. He likely had a genetic disposition or exposure to other environmental factors, as well.
by trolley
Fri Nov 12, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might still
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Re: might still

I agree with Erik. Sentence 6) is a little ambiguous.
by trolley
Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Decadent
Replies: 4
Views: 1514

Re: Decadent

No Steve. The pies were good... sinfully good, actually. So good that eating them provided unrestrained gratification. Anything that good must surely go against the law of God or man.
by trolley
Fri Nov 05, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: jump for joy
Replies: 1
Views: 1256

Re: jump for joy

Neither of those mean any of those, at least, not without a whole lot more padding.
by trolley
Thu Nov 04, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Temporary friend
Replies: 3
Views: 1777

Re: Temporary friend

I can't think of an appropriate term for such a person. I know exactly what you mean, and I've have been fortunate enough to meet a few of those people in my life, but I'm not sure they were "friends"...except the ones that still are.