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by trolley
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: The only challenge
Replies: 8
Views: 4153

Re: The only challenge

She told him that she loved him. 1) Only she told him that she loved him…she was the only person to tell him 2) She only told him that she loved him… she didn’t tell him anything else 3) She told only him that she loved him…she didn’t tell anyone else 4) She told him only that she loved him...same m...
by trolley
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby's party
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: A baby's party

What a tangle! After rereading my post, I thought maybe I should explain to Steve that “coming out” does not refer to the baby’s physical journey through the birth canal but rather his “debut” or first public appearance…at least, in my mind. But, wait… in recent years, the term “coming out” has been...
by trolley
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby's party
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: A baby's party

My first thought was "this isn't something we normally celebrate but I guess it would be a type of birthday party". When I Googled around a bit and read about this Asian custom, it made a little more sense. It's not a celebration of the day the baby was born...it is more like a "coming out" party wh...
by trolley
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vegetables container
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: Vegetables container

In a broad sense, it's a planter box. More specifically, I'd go with window box or window planter box.
by trolley
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Missing
Replies: 6
Views: 119

Re: Missing

Tony..."off the drip"? I've never heard that and Google offers up nothing. I imagine it's a reference to an IV drip....when you're "off the drip", you're in recovery. If that's not what it means, I think it should.
by trolley
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Taxis
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: Taxis

I'd say safety screen, driver shield, drivers cage or something like that. I'm not sure if there's an "official" name.
by trolley
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sea change
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Sea change

Here’s my lesson for the day. While reading an article on U.S. gun control, on CNN, I came across this sentence “There's been a sea change over the last two decades when it comes to the reasons why people own guns.” A sea change? It was obviously a typo but I wondered what they really meant to say. ...
by trolley
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dating
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: Dating

Depending upon your definition of "dates", the term "gigolo" might apply. It describes a man in an ongoing relationship with an older woman. She pays for his company by financially supporting him. He is a "kept man".
by trolley
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wallpapers
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Wallpapers

Their presence may not ensure that the car will sell like hot cakes, but it is a proven advertising strategy to help them sell. I didn’t see that wallpaper quote anywhere in the article. I have never heard it before. Is it something that you came up with? I’ll take a swing at it. The meaning of “wal...
by trolley
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Calendar
Replies: 2
Views: 108

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: 207

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: 212

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: 117

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: 122

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: 263

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.