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by trolley
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Parking lot
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: Parking lot

I wouldn't. I consider a "lot" to be a parcel of land. A parking lot is a ground level area with designated "stalls" for parking. In Canada a muti-story parking garage is a "parkade", but that one in the photo would require a little more description (or another name). Wikipedia calls it an APS (auto...
by trolley
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: an expensive phone
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: an expensive phone

I agree that both sentences clearly should mean that this is a phone that teens would be hard-pressed to afford. For me, a bit of ambiguity creeps in (with #1) because I am not sure that the writer is aware that is how it should be interpreted. As it's written, he could well mean that it is an expen...
by trolley
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Sprog (just self amused musing)
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: Sprog (just self amused musing)

I think WoZ might have a different idea of a Sprogcentre...
by trolley
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Curtains
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Curtains

that takes me back
by trolley
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Training device
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Training device

That is a "heavy bag". The ones used in boxing are usually suspended from the ceiling or a rack. The one shown here is a free-standing heavy bag and is used in MMA (mixed martial arts). Unlike the suspended type, these can be knocked over to practise "take-downs" or a techinque known as "ground and ...
by trolley
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Graupel
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

Graupel

Watching the weather forecast this morning I was alarmed to hear there was a chance of "cropple". I had no idea what that was but I didn't like the sound of it. We've had a lot of strange weather in the past few weeks and cropple is probably the last thing we need. As it turns out I had misheard and...
by trolley
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A little further away
Replies: 2
Views: 794

Re: A little further away

I think they are grammatically correct (without getting into the further/farther discussion) but the idea of holding your phone too close or sitting too close to the television causing nearsightedness is an old myth. It could cause eye strain or headaches or some other issues. The need to hold the p...
by trolley
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Suitcases
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Re: Suitcases

They are both suitcase (or luggage) handles. I might call the top one a retractable or telescopic handle, if I wanted to differentiate between the two types.
by trolley
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lip symptom
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: Lip symptom

They look like cankers...but they're ugly enough to have checked out by a doctor.
by trolley
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 2362

Re: Clothes hangers

In "Canlish", those sleeveless shirts are called "singlets" (if worn as an undershirt). Tank-tops usually would refer to a a women's sleeveless shirt and, if worn by a man they'd be called muscle shirts. Gumboots (or gumbies) is pretty common here. When I was younger, any rubber foot wear were calle...
by trolley
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Peppa Effect
Replies: 0
Views: 1041

The Peppa Effect

https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/the-peppa-effect-canadian-kids-adopting-english-accent-parents-report-1.4295152 I saw this on the news, this morning. When I was a kid (early 60s) we only had two teleivision channels. At that time, we did not get many American programs. Most of out tv content was fr...
by trolley
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 1670

Re: Lingerie floor

Did you have to wear one of those double-breasted uniforms with the pill box cap and chin strap? It just occurred to me that the elevator operator, the bell hop, and the telegram person all wore similar uniforms. I guess they were all a similar rank...unless you had some epaulettes.
by trolley
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 1639

Re: What do you call this job position?

The Char recognizes Shelley's comment.
by trolley
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Another Random Observation
Replies: 3
Views: 1137

Re: Another Random Observation

"Now stay tuned for some breaking wind news from the UK."
by trolley
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Another Random Observation
Replies: 3
Views: 1137

Another Random Observation

I’m not sure when it began, and it may have been happening for years, without me noticing. I am noticing it, now. More and more I hear meteorologists, in Canada speaking of “weather events”. It used to be rainy or windy or snowy. If it was a significant amount, then it would be a rain storm or a win...