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by trolley
Sat Apr 09, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Recorder
Replies: 3
Views: 1156

Re: Recorder

I was just about to say that I tortured my parents with "Three Blind Mice". I rolled the tune over in my head and suddenly realized it is the same as "Hot Cross Buns"...well, at least the first part is...
by trolley
Wed Apr 06, 2022 4:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: repetitively vs repeatedly
Replies: 1
Views: 873

repetitively vs repeatedly

Heard in the wild the other day: "He denied the accusations repetitively" Is this an acceptable way to express this idea? Does it just sound odd to me because "denied repeatedly" has become a bit of a set phrase? Maybe the speaker meant something slightly different... the other guy was saying "wasn'...
by trolley
Sat Apr 02, 2022 11:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: spare or save
Replies: 4
Views: 1656

Re: spare or save

I'd much rather have one of you guys spare me 200 dollars than spare myself 200 dollars.
by trolley
Wed Mar 30, 2022 5:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the last two days
Replies: 2
Views: 1628

Re: the last two days

I don't like any of them, either. In 1 and 2 "what happened" could have happened 10 years ago but, for some strange reason, it has only been important to know about it for the past couple of days. Tomorrow, it won't matter? Last week, it didn't matter? Sentence 3 gets closer but I'm sure most native...
by trolley
Fri Mar 11, 2022 12:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for the impression they make
Replies: 2
Views: 2691

Re: for the impression they make

" It seems that the sentence is saying that the dresses she chooses do indeed have a reasonable price, but that is not why she chooses them."
That's what is says to me, too...but then you clear it up with another sentence. Better late than never.
:wink:
by trolley
Sat Mar 05, 2022 2:16 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Closure of the Wordwizard site
Replies: 30
Views: 39555

Re: Closure of the Wordwizard site

Thanks for the update, Phil. Even though there hasn't been a lot going on, I'd still check in every couple of days...and be glad to see it still hanging on.
by trolley
Sat Feb 26, 2022 1:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not even remotely
Replies: 3
Views: 3668

Re: not even remotely

It's incorrect because it is unclear. They haven't taken a city (by most people's interpretation of the word "taken") or they haven't taken a city remotely (by some sort of "hands off" approach)? It's also incorrect on every other level.
by trolley
Sat Feb 19, 2022 9:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Scooter
Replies: 5
Views: 4607

Re: Scooter

If I felt that the context wasn't enough, I'd use motor (or moto) scooter. When I was younger we called them Vespas (even though they weren't all "real" Vespas. I also hear folks using mo-ped, regardless of whether they have pedals.
by trolley
Sat Feb 05, 2022 9:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Temperatures
Replies: 11
Views: 9257

Re: Temperatures

Prize-fighters in Great Britain still have their weights announced in stone rather than pounds or kilograms. Is that still a measurement used for other things or is it just for body weight...or is it just for boxing?
by trolley
Sat Feb 05, 2022 3:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Temperatures
Replies: 11
Views: 9257

Re: Temperatures

I grew up with the Imperial system and was in my early teens when "metrification" started in Canada. I use a strange mish-mash of the two. I use the metric system (because I have to) but still "think" in Imperial. If you told me the temperature was 27 degrees, I'd know it was pretty hot but I don't ...
by trolley
Fri Feb 04, 2022 8:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Nix
Replies: 4
Views: 5553

Re: Nix

That's the only way I've ever heard it used, over here. It's the same as "putting the kibosh" on something. You're shutting it down and it is not up for debate.
by trolley
Fri Jan 28, 2022 9:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ablaut Reduplication
Replies: 1
Views: 3740

Ablaut Reduplication

Sometimes I don't even know what I know...https://www.almtranslations.com/news/bl ... f-hop-hip/
by trolley
Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Every ring of
Replies: 5
Views: 5280

Re: Every ring of

I was thinking that Steven was thrown by "every ring of my phone". There's a good chance he has never heard a phone ring.
by trolley
Fri Jan 21, 2022 3:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the dog barking
Replies: 3
Views: 4877

Re: the dog barking

The barking was coming from the house next door.
No need to mention the dog. We will all just assume it was a dog. If you meant that anything other than a dog was barking...I'm sure you would have said so.