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by trolley
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Calendar
Replies: 2
Views: 20

Re: Calendar

I'm not sure I'd call it an "antonym" but most western countries use a solar calendar.
by trolley
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A title on a ship
Replies: 7
Views: 77

Re: A title on a ship

The highest ranking officer junior to the Captain is the Lieutenant. The most senior Lieutenant is the First Lieutenant. He is the second-in-command. This position is sometimes referred to as First Officer, First Mate, Chief Officer, or Chief Mate
by trolley
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hide and seek
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Hide and seek

There isn't a name for the "hiders" (that I am aware of) but the "seeker" is called "It". It is the same title that is used in the game of tag or kick the can. "You're It!" means you are the one to find us or catch us or tag us. In hide and seek or kick the can when "It" found someone he would annou...
by trolley
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Snob
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Snob

Both of those convey the meaning, in this case
by trolley
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Envelope
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Envelope

Judging by the colour, I'd guess it's either a Manilla envelope (made from hemp fibres) or a kraft envelope (made from wood pulp fibres). I suspect though, you are asking about the closure. We called them "string tie envelopes". Google seems to favour "button and string envelopes".
by trolley
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: comma question

I always try (and often miss) to say exactly what I mean. The road to Hell is paved with ambiguities that could or should have been avoided.
by trolley
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vehicle
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Vehicle

I call them carts. Your photo shows the iconic New York hot dog cart. During the summer, you might see someone selling frozen treats from an ice cream cart. These carts (or wagons) are movable...some are pushed by hand, some are towed behind a bicycle or automobile. I have also heard them called hot...
by trolley
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cutting the long red thing
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Cutting the long red thing

Bonnie is right. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are used to mark the grand opening of an event, business or construction project. It celebrates the completion of the project rather than the start of it. The start of a construction project is often marked by a "ground-breaking" or "sod-turning" event as B...
by trolley
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Watches
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Watches

Your sentence regarding the first example is correct. I am not aware of any specific name that differentiates a watch displaying Roman numerals from one that displays Arabic ("regular") numbers. There are, however two different watches in your three examples that do have specific names. #1 and #3 ar...
by trolley
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Certainly
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Certainly

There are many ways to respond to a thank you. They cover the spectrum from “You’re welcome”, all the way through “no sweat” and every shade in between. There’s even more opinions on which ones are acceptable. I wouldn’t say that “certainly” is a common response around here, especially from people y...
by trolley
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Deflationary times
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Re: Deflationary times

Damn it! He let me down, as well.
by trolley
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rider
Replies: 7
Views: 223

Re: Rider

Your statement is correct but it sounds anything but natural. That rider is doing (performing, pulling, popping) a "wheel stand". Usually it is just referred to as a "wheelie".
by trolley
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chair
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: Chair

That style is known as a "cantilever chair". When I was growing up, in the sixties, our kitchen set had those type of chairs. They were quite modern. These are sometimes called "Cesca chairs" but Cescas are actually a specific type of cantilever chair with a woven cane seat and back.
by trolley
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Pillow
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Pillow

Somehow Bob, I knew you'd appreciate that one.
by trolley
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Pillow
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Pillow

I just saw an advert for the new corduroy pillow. Apparently, it's really making headlines.