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by trolley
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Stock
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Stock

I'd be more inclined to say "back from the edge". The "ledge", when used that way, often hints at suicide or self-inflicted damage. It comes from the idea (often portrayed in movies) that someone is standing on the window ledge, considering jumping, and another person pulls them back or talks them o...
by trolley
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: crack any code
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: crack any code

I was wrong.
by trolley
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: Clothes

...or "jammies/jammers"
by trolley
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: POTTER/PUTTER?
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: POTTER/PUTTER?

It's the same pronunciation as the golf club....rhymes with butter.
by trolley
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Malaphor?
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Malaphor?

Bob, if you tell her this one, she might not feel so bad. Years ago, my buddy and I returned from a weekend fishing trip. As I was dropping him off at his house, his wife came out and asked us how the trip went. He told her that we had a great time, the fishing was good and we even got a couple of "...
by trolley
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: POTTER/PUTTER?
Replies: 3
Views: 156

POTTER/PUTTER?

I was reading something, this morning, about a man who heard a noise in his back yard and assumed it was his neighbor “pottering” around on the other side of the fence. That was a new one, for me. I have only ever “puttered”. In fact, it is one of my favourite pastimes. I putter in the kitchen, the ...
by trolley
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: unami

That's curious. I've only ever seen (heard) the word as "u m ami". I'll admit I had never heard it until about 10 or 15 years ago, when I became more interested in cooking. The only definitions I can find for u n ami in OneLook is as a North American Native language. Maybe those quotes are just typos.
by trolley
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Malaphor?
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Malaphor?

Heard in the wild, today:
"you can't make an old dog change his spots."
by trolley
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pearl-clutching, pearl clutching
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Re: pearl-clutching, pearl clutching

Good one, Ken. I've never heard it either but I like it. I like it a lot. "A pearl-clutching swoon". That's a great visual...I can see it now. There always seemed to be a lot of "pearl-clutching" going on in those old Marx Brothers movies.
by trolley
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not six feet
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: not six feet

I can't seem to articulate the difference either, but I think I, somehow "know" when they can be interchanged. In this case, they can't be. The man is six feet tall. He is a six foot tall man. He is not a six feet tall man. The man is not six foot tall. Maybe we have just dropped the hyphen(s). It s...
by trolley
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Town house - USA usage.
Replies: 8
Views: 1129

Re: Town house - USA usage.

A condo is similar to an apartment block with the main difference being ownership. An apartment building is owned by a company who rents out individual units in that building. A condo can look very similar but the units are individually owned. You can rent a condo but you are renting from the owner ...
by trolley
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Town house - USA usage.
Replies: 8
Views: 1129

Re: Town house - USA usage.

I am not sure if there are any social connotations around living in a townhouse in the USA. There are none here, negative or positive, that I am aware of either. Strictly my opinion, the order of housing preferences would be: 1. single family dwelling on acreage 2. sfd on a standard size lot 3. town...
by trolley
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Umbrella
Replies: 6
Views: 427

Re: Umbrella

Yes, I had one do the "Wizard of Oz thing" and knock my gutter off as it sailed over my house.
by trolley
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 8
Views: 715

Re: Ice

This type of treat is quite popular in Hawaii where it is (curiously) called "shave ice". The Wiki article for shaved ice says "not to be confused with shave ice ". When you read the article it seems pretty hard not to confuse the two. I've eaten plenty of these things (we call them snow cones) but ...
by trolley
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Relationship
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: Relationship

Stevenloan wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:10 am
Your responses will be highly appreciated.
StevenLoan
...Your responses probably won't be, though.