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by trolley
Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hold a candle
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: Hold a candle

When Steve posted this I realized that I knew what it meant... but not why. When I looked it up, there seemed to be a lot of suggestions that it referred to an apprentice, whose job it was to "hold the candle" for the journeyman (so he could see well enough to do the work). It was the most basic of ...
by trolley
Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 651

Re: altogether

It means completely, entirely.
They had entirely too much fun...they couldn't possibly have had more.
by trolley
Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which I didn't know
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Re: which I didn't know

I'm not at all sure about correctness but I don't think I would have used any of your suggestions. Trying to stick with your format, I would have said each one a little differently... 1) I said things that I didn't know were true. 2) I said things and I didn't know whether they were true or not. 3) ...
by trolley
Fri Mar 19, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Screw cap
Replies: 3
Views: 961

Re: Screw cap

Wine bottles have traditionally been stoppered with a cork. When screw-tops started to be used they were associated with cheap wine. This is no longer the case as many fine wines now come with a screw-top. I do have to say, though, I rather like the whole production (ritual?) of pulling the cork on ...
by trolley
Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Slew hole
Replies: 5
Views: 1008

Re: Slew hole

It's new to me, as well. Could it be a "slough" hole? Something mucky , swampy and dirty? Whatever it is supposed to mean, we can be sure it is not a compliment. I saw some footage of the Cardi B dance... it was not pretty.
by trolley
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kind of umbrella
Replies: 4
Views: 1417

Re: Kind of umbrella

Try "cantilever" or "offset" patio umbrella. Stationary umbrellas used for shade are usually referred to as patio umbrellas. I've never seen an offset one quite the same shape as the one in your photo, though. It looks more like what we call a "gazebo". Whether it's an umbrella or a gazebo...it is s...
by trolley
Wed Mar 10, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Children's toy
Replies: 10
Views: 1587

Re: Children's toy

...especially when it's such a rickety-looking pile of crap like that. It looks like it is made out of 1" PVC pipe...but that's a whole other story.
by trolley
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hatch
Replies: 3
Views: 706

Re: Hatch

It is still in use, around here. It is usually used as a toast before tossing back an alcoholic beverage, but not always. It really just means to swallow something. You could toss a habanero pepper "down the hatch" or a handful of pills. It is usually something that may be difficult or unpleasant to...
by trolley
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Children's toy
Replies: 10
Views: 1587

Re: Children's toy

Steve, what do they call it in that advert?
by trolley
Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Children's toy
Replies: 10
Views: 1587

Re: Children's toy

You may see similar things in outdoor playgrounds (probably monitored by some over anxious adult wearing a high-vis vest and carrying a bundle of bubble wrap). These things, designed for children to climb on, were commonly called "monkey bars" or a "jungle gym".
by trolley
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too many
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: too many

I like "b." If I was using t "a", I'd probably say "a few yards too far away" rather than "a few yards too many away". Not sure if that's correct, but it's just how it works...in my head.
by trolley
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Out of one's skin
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Re: Out of one's skin

I'm only familiar with the "jumping/leaping out" versions, but Mentalfloss.com has this to say: 6. OUT OF ONE'S SKIN English really itches to let you know exactly where we stand in relation to skin. We can jump or leap out of it when we’re excited. We can fly out of it when we get really angry. And ...
by trolley
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pencil trash
Replies: 5
Views: 2116

Re: Pencil trash

I started wondering what else they could be called. I tried "pencil shards" but didn't find anyone in that camp. It seems that more than a few people also call them "sharpenings".
by trolley
Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so as to make me fall
Replies: 2
Views: 1892

Re: so as to make me fall

"He tried to knock me down but he did not succeed"... no one is confused, at all.
by trolley
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Able to purchase
Replies: 3
Views: 2315

Re: Able to purchase

"But this is all you are able to purchase / buy" could imply that the product was unavailable for some reason (it was out of stock, you could not find it, it has been discontinued, not legal in your area). The original quote is very specific... you simply did not have the money.