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by trolley
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big frying pan
Replies: 4
Views: 26

Re: Big frying pan

In the "biz", that's called a "griddle" or a "flat-top". Typically, a "grill" has a ridged surface.
by trolley
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Place to practice martial arts
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Place to practice martial arts

The Japanese loanword "dojo" is the only thing that comes to mind. I think this would be understood by most English speakers who had, even a passing, familiarity with Eastern martial arts.
by trolley
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Well! I should.
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Well! I should.

I would use "Well, I did."
by trolley
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 15253

Re: blind men on galloping horses

The first time I tried it was when I went to a school mate's house for dinner. They had a small farm and my friend said we were having "Shake 'n Bake" (not sure how well that translates for the wizards across the water...check this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shake_%27n_Bake) I thought there were ...
by trolley
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: Peachy

A douchebag is a feminine hygiene apparatus. About 25 or 30 years ago I started hearing it used as an insult. It seems to have really gained traction in the last few years. It describes an obnoxious, contemptable person (usually male). It' was similar to sleazy (sleaze bag) with a touch of smarmy an...
by trolley
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: Peachy

The tricky part is that it is not always meant sarcastically. Sometimes, when people say they are "peachy", they are just that... pretty damned good, can't complain, things could be a lot worse.
by trolley
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mung (the verb)
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: mung (the verb)

When I was a kid, "mung" was used to describe something that was dirty, rotten, slimy, bad, spoiled, disgusting, etc. "You forgot to put that milk back in the fridge. Now it's gone all mungy" "Wash your hands. You've got mung all over them." "Thanks a lot. You really munged that up for me" I still r...
by trolley
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 15253

Re: blind men on galloping horses

I've never heard the galloping horse bit. My Grandmother would say "a blind man would be happy to see that", meaning the severity of an error, omission or imperfection was determined by a individual's point of view. At least, that what I took it to mean. Somehow, I keep thinking about those "poor st...
by trolley
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kleptocracy
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: kleptocracy

That's a new one on me, Ken. It started me thinking about rule by other particular groups and I came across this https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/07/18/words-ending-with-cracy/ Some of these sounded so outrageous I wasn't sure if they were joking or not... pornocracy= government by prostitut...
by trolley
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Re: Charmed

I agree with both of Erik's comments. It also seems very old-fashioned and quite formal.. I don't think I've ever heard it used in a real conversation. Often, when I come across it (in movies or books) it is followed by "I'm sure". That always sounded peculiar to me. Even when "charmed, I'm sure" is...
by trolley
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 799

Re: Do someone else's work

:shock:
by trolley
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 799

Re: Do someone else's work

Thanks everyone. I'm truly humbled by all your help and support. I may never have to do anything for myself again.
John
by trolley
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 30
Views: 11161

Re: Finger food for thought

It is is to be misunderstood when you speak with your tongue pressed against your cheek. No whub i mee?
by trolley
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 30
Views: 11161

Re: Finger food for thought

Thanks! That's not the sort of history that's taught in public schools here. Which raises another issue. In the UK, "public schools" are private schools. "State schools" are public schools. Go figure! ...and yet, I believe you use the terms "private sector" and "public sector" in the same way as we...
by trolley
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: One's own bomb
Replies: 5
Views: 709

Re: One's own bomb

Even before I knew what a "petard" was, the idea of being hoist(ed?) by one's own sounded quite painful.