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by trolley
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 3
Views: 13

Re: An operation

More often than not, in North America it would be called a "C-section", rather than its proper name.
by trolley
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pants
Replies: 5
Views: 58

Re: Pants

In my school, in the late sixties, the guys wore flares and the girls wore bell bottoms. By the early seventies, "bell bottoms" was the term used both both genders. It was considered "cool" to open up the seams at the bottom of your jeans and have triangles of material stitched in to make your bells...
by trolley
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Negative
Replies: 5
Views: 37

Re: Negative

I'd agree that "negative" (meaning "no") is more likely to be said to an adult. I believe it is a military useage and is the opposite of "affirmative". The addition of "big fat" does make it sound a little childish, though. 'Big fat' is kid-speak for absolute, definite, or to the highest degree.
by trolley
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mouse
Replies: 8
Views: 68

Re: Mouse

I agree with Bonnie and I think the "white" part, aside from being unnecessary, sounds unnatural. Is that lab mouse white, or is it a mouse that comes from a white lab? I wouldn't shop for a green boy's shirt, unless of course, my son was green...
by trolley
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Italian Chef
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Re: Italian Chef

I just heard that he had no life insurance. The poor wife was left without a penne...
by trolley
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Mad as a box of frogs
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Mad as a box of frogs

Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and other former members of The Yardbirds reformed in the early 80s in a new group called Box of Frogs.
by trolley
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Italian Chef
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Italian Chef

The Italian Chef Did you hear about the Italian chef that died? He pasta way. We cannoli do so much. His legacy will become a pizza history. Here today, gone tomato. How sad that he ran out of thyme. Sending olive my prayers to the family. His wife is really upset. Cheese still not over it. You neve...
by trolley
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to own somebody
Replies: 13
Views: 945

Re: to own somebody

"The sharper "pwned", however, is fast and furious...Because of it's explosive sound". Seriously, am I the only one who doesn't know how to pronounce this?
by trolley
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Green notes
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: Green notes

As usual, something on here sent me wandering down some other trail and I started thinking about how the Queen's portrait, on Canadian money has aged over the years. Here's an interesting bit on how she has been portrayed on various Commonweath currencies http://mentalfloss.com/article/52759/15-inte...
by trolley
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Valiant VS gallant
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: Valiant VS gallant

They can't always be used interchangeably, at least not in my book. "Valiant" can be just brave or stout-hearted, while "gallant" is brave or stout-hearted with sense of chivalry or honour. I'd be more inclined to refer to a knight as gallant. They followed a code that required them to act honourabl...
by trolley
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A fare
Replies: 2
Views: 534

Re: A fare

In this case "a fare" means a paying customer. She is angry because the cab would not stop even though it did not already have someone on board.
by trolley
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to own somebody
Replies: 13
Views: 945

Re: to own somebody

I don’t know why it continues to surprise me, given that it continues to happen. I’ll hear a new word or phrase and, from the context, understand what it means. I make a reasonable assumption about its origin and never bother to verify it until someone else brings it up. I was sure that one had its ...
by trolley
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to own somebody
Replies: 13
Views: 945

Re: to own somebody

It must have taken an awfully slow boat from the new world... or perhaps, gone the long way around. It's been used around here for the past ten or fifteen years. Here's an interesting Wiki piece...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owned.
I would never have guessed the origin as it's explained here.
by trolley
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fancy
Replies: 3
Views: 923

Re: Fancy

I imagine it does, Steve. That may be a common expression somewhere...but nowhere that I've ever been.
by trolley
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Roller
Replies: 2
Views: 856

Re: Roller

If I had a chauffeur, he'd probably just drive me to drink.