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by trolley
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Ice

This type of treat is quite popular in Hawaii where it is (curiously) called "shave ice". The Wiki article for shaved ice says "not to be confused with shave ice ". When you read the article it seems pretty hard not to confuse the two. I've eaten plenty of these things (we call them snow cones) but ...
by trolley
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Relationship
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: Relationship

Stevenloan wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:10 am
Your responses will be highly appreciated.
StevenLoan
...Your responses probably won't be, though.
by trolley
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Book
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: Book

The word "thread" usually means an individual strand or fibre (filament) that can be woven into larger pieces of material.Those woven pieces have many different names, depending on their shape or purpose. The thin, flat strip in your photo would probably be called a "ribbon". I'd go with "ribbon boo...
by trolley
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with me
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: with me

I would have warned my brother, mom, sister, and that lazy, loafing brother-in-law of mine that "getting drunk with me ends badly".
by trolley
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with me
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: with me

I couldn't say what that statement means. I've never heard "ends badly" expressed that way.
"Getting drunk (usually, often, always, sometimes) ends badly for me" is what I would expect to hear and the meaning is quite clear.
by trolley
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Timing
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Timing

An elderly gent is having a medical check up.
"Doctor, I have a BM everymoring at 7:00. I'm as regular as a clock"
"Well that's great news. What's the problem?"
"I don't wake up till 8:00."
by trolley
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"
Replies: 11
Views: 668

Re: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"

I'm not sure what the "rules" are. I agree that "to office" doesn't make sense but, I have to admit,the UK "going to hospital" sounds totally alien to these old Canadian ears. We would only go to " the hospital". I'll bet there are others, but I can't think of them. Would a Brit "call cops" or would...
by trolley
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tuesdays
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Tuesdays

It reminds me of the joke about the old Jewish fellow who was hit by a car. As the bystanders are attending to him on the roadside, one tucks a rolled-up coat under his head, as a pillow and asks "Are you comfortable?"
"I do ok. I have a small jewelry store a couple of streets over"
by trolley
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tuesdays
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Tuesdays

When the wellness officer asks "how flexible are you?" he is asking about physical flexibilty (the bendiness of the other person's body). The other person assumes he is asking about how flexible his schedule is and replies "I can't make Tuesdays", meaning that he is not available to take a class on ...
by trolley
Tue May 29, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Device for kids
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: Device for kids

Well, I've never seen that contraption before. A quick Google search just seems to bring up descriptions...baby walking assistant, walking harness. Some brand names are Willa Walker, Baby Wings and Sure Steps. At first I thought it was a "jolly jumper". They looked similar but the cords were elastic...
by trolley
Wed May 23, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dangling modifier?
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: dangling modifier?

I'm a little reluctant to display my lack of grammar acumen but I have to ask... Isn't "through the door" the modifier? Because of its placement, wouldn't it modify "the thief". I read all of those to mean that the thief was escaping through the door and not the kicker. When I read them, that's what...
by trolley
Tue May 22, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Game
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: Game

I'm not sure I've heard it used that way before. Game has many definitions but to say that "I am game " or "you are game" usually means to be up for a challenge. You are in agreement, ready and willing to participate. "We're heading to the pub for a couple and then over to Bob's for a bit of poker. ...
by trolley
Tue May 22, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dangling modifier?
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: dangling modifier?

Just don't dangle(or misplace) them and nobody will have to wonder whether it's you, or the elephant, who was wearing the pajamas.
by trolley
Tue May 22, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: in tall/high cotton - shittin' in tall/high cotton
Replies: 22
Views: 33799

Re: in tall/high cotton - shittin' in tall/high cotton

Welcome aboard, Fuzzy. I can cotton to that explanation.
by trolley
Fri May 18, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: conservative kidney
Replies: 9
Views: 2327

Re: conservative kidney

I wonder if someone could "change their kidney" towards something. I googled aound but kept coming up with stories about medical problems and procedures. It was so depressing, I gave up looking. Welcome Eliza