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by trolley
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Avocado cart
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: Avocado cart

We call those four-wheeled ones that car mechanics use "creepers"
by trolley
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Avocado cart
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: Avocado cart

Often called a hand-truck or two-wheeler, usually it's called a "dolly" around here. I'd never even wondered why until I typed that answer...The Word Detective explains... http://www.word-detective.com/2011/03/dolly/
by trolley
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: glug

One site I found claims that a glug equals about two tablespoons while another said that it equals two teaspoons. That's a big difference. When I studied baking, I apprenticed under an Englishman. He was amused when I asked what he meant when he referred to a "knob" of butter "how much is that?" "I ...
by trolley
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: glug

I have nothing concrete to back it up but here's how they stack up, in my mind: dash<splash<drizzle<glug. I heard a British fellow ordering hot wings in our local pub. The waiter asked which level of heat he wanted. "Oh, just a threat." "Excuse me?" "Just threaten them with the hot sauce." I loved i...
by trolley
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 1308

Re: chip on or chip off

For me:
it has a crack in it
it has a mark on it
it has a chip off it.
The chip is a small fragment that has come off. The bowl is chipped ( or has a chip off it). The floor might have that chip on it.
by trolley
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hyper/Hypo
Replies: 4
Views: 613

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: 2
Views: 562

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: 735

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: 965

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: 1095

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: 1468

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: 986

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: 1683

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: 1191

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: 1191

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...