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by trolley
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rabble-rouser
Replies: 6
Views: 2693

Re: rabble-rouser

It's right there in the lyrics of Jesus Christ Superstar...and that was written in English :D

PRIEST 1:
That man is in town right now to whip up some support

PRIEST 2:
A rabble rousing mission that I think we must abort

ALL:
He is dangerous !

CROWD ( outside ):
Jesus Christ Superstar....
by trolley
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Manners
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: Manners

I did, Tony. Thanks. Interesting that those two sayings seem to be saying two different things. "Have you been visiting....(and picking up all their bad habits)" and "Do you need a visit...(for a refresher on good manners)".
by trolley
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drunk
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: Drunk

There are plenty of things that my generation thought differently about, years ago, but then we grew up. I wonder how Pete and Roger really feel when they sing that song, today.
by trolley
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Manners
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: Manners

I had to go and look that up. I thought maybe you had gone for a nap and were going to finish the thought later. I was too curious to wait. :shock:
by trolley
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Office chairs
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Office chairs

a poof, eh?
by trolley
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Why Americans spell the way they do :)
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: Why Americans spell the way they do :)

I always assumed that they were just too busy to waste time on letters that weren't really necessary. Living right upstairs, for the past 60 odd years, I'm pretty familiar with Amlish but I never noticed the missing "e" in axe. And here I thought it was just extra "u"s they had a problem with. They ...
by trolley
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: look like Peter Pan
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: look like Peter Pan

Apparently, he looks a lot like a woman. I guess that means that Mary Martin and Sandy Duncan were "male actors".
by trolley
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A negative affect
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: A negative affect

The Action is Affect, the End result is Effect, unless it sound like an "A" as in neighbour and weigh...oops, scrap that last part.
by trolley
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The most real estate
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: The most real estate

I don't know of a specific word for that person. I assume there is a word in your native language. Probably the closest thing in English would be "richest" but that refers to all of a persons assets and not just landownership. Sometimes you need to use a phrase to describe something and I would use ...
by trolley
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 17
Views: 582

Re: Authoress

The actor/actress debate is a bit confusing to me. I wonder who it was that decided that all thespians, regardless of gender, should now be referred to as “actors”. I somehow doubt that it was the actresses, themselves who took offence to the term “actress”. I’m sure that many of them are offended b...
by trolley
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 17
Views: 582

Re: Authoress

I think I rented that VHS movie, once.
by trolley
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 17
Views: 582

Authoress

I don’t think I’d ever heard this term until a few days ago. A woman was being introduced on a television program…”Mrs. Soandso, home-maker, mother, teacher and authoress”. If it was some hyper vigilant attempt to be politically correct…they couldn’t have missed the mark by a much greater margin. Va...
by trolley
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Barriers
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Barriers

I’ve never seen that particular type (with barbed wire) but those kind of things are crowd-control barricades, often called “riot fences”
by trolley
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: box to store rare stones

You may well be paranoid but that does not mean they aren't out to get you...
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by trolley
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: box to store rare stones

It seems that these constructions are purposely vague. The questions are always “are they grammatically correct?” and “are they ambiguous?”. Never do the posters say “if not, how do you make them correct and explicit”. I suspect that’s because they already know how to make them clear. What they real...