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- Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:55 am
- Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
- Topic: Can't be arsed
- Replies: 2
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I read, this morning about a fellow who “couldn’t be arsed to change the music.” Canadian English is an odd mix of British and American English, so I am familiar with the word “arse”. This was new to me, though. I thought perhaps it was a typo for “asked” but that really didn’t seem to make much sen...
Thanks all. I think I'm getting it. There seems to be more of a "sense of purpose". Being stood or sat feels a bit like being posed or placed. You're making a statement...you are doing more than just sitting or standing.
I read the following post today, on line: “I'm currently sat drinking tea and eating biccies” I’ve never heard this construction before. Is it legit? She would have been previously sat or currently sitting (or seated). Can she be currently sat? Somehow, it almost sounds OK…but maybe that’s because I...
That therapy is considered as "alternative medicine" or "pseudoscience", in the west. The second photo shows hot cupping. Judging by the first photo, the technique seems to have been modernized with pumps creating the suction rather than the heating and cooling of air inside the cup.
In fact, they are so "not popular" where I live I don't think they even have an English name. They go by various other names, depending upon where you are. I have probably heard the term "tuk-tuk" used more than any other.
The term "ground zero" was born in the nuclear age and was used to describe the point on the Earth's surface directly below the detonation of a nuclear bomb. I remember hearing the term when we were in school, referring to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I don't recall hearing it again until the 2001 attack...
There are some that are acceptable but when you break them down, it's not clear that they should be. I would be fine with using "at any rate", but should I be? Rate is the speed at which something happens. How many occurrences within a given time frame isn't really a factor in this case. At any rate...
In the end, she crossed the finish line in front of me.Interestingly, if the event is a race rather than a conference, it seems to work. "After a very successful 2nd and 3rd stage I set off two hours ahead of her. A useful lead but there was still a long way to go."