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by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: 25 maps that illustrate the history of English
Replies: 4
Views: 5326

Re: 25 maps that illustrate the history of English

Just back from another jaunt to the SW, Erik. It was too cloudy to see you as we flew over. The back has almost recovered from the jolts on a beautifully scenic railroad that shall remain nameless. There were UK and US citizens on the coach or bus as some called it, and we had some amusing discussio...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Intersection, junction and crossroads
Replies: 10
Views: 3241

Re: Intersection, junction and crossroads

When is a T-junction not a T-junction?

Yes, it's a rare piece of language where the referent doesn't change, but the correct term (in the UK, at least) does depending on how you (physically or notionally) approach it. A deictic noun.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Hold the line
Replies: 4
Views: 2050

Re: Hold the line

If one may segue to the fishing line. The likeable and knowledgeable tour guide / driver on our recent coach tour of Ireland mentioned the 'salmon of knowledge' early on in the tour, and said that he would tell us the story later. After six days (I think he was waiting, hoping that someone would fee...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue May 05, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How Australian is ruining the English language
Replies: 9
Views: 4105

Re: How Australian is ruining the English language

The Australian interrobang must be interesting. Not to mention uninverted commas.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat May 02, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: What's this?
Replies: 12
Views: 4206

Re: What's this?

Obviously, somebody is required who can inject some sanity into proceedings here.

Sadly, Catherine says she's too busy.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Better ask harry Potter
Replies: 6
Views: 3134

Re: Better ask harry Potter

Obviously not as good as Hermione with spells.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Pizza
Replies: 6
Views: 3542

Re: Pizza

Why am I imagining a man in a fez?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hardly
Replies: 9
Views: 3715

Re: hardly

I've been toying with yellow birds is to other birds as slowly stopped is to never stopped . (??) Determiners, specifying the 'reference of the noun or noun phrase in the context' [Wikipedia] rather than further specifying attributes, are considered a different word class from adjectives nowadays. I...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hardly
Replies: 9
Views: 3715

Re: hardly

This is not made easier by the fact that 'hard' in 'He stared hard at her for several seconds' is definitely a (flat) adverb, while 'hard' in 'a hard boiled egg' is adjectival, describing the resultative state of the egg rather than the manner of boiling (contrast a gently boiled egg). Also, the boi...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Keep the noise down
Replies: 4
Views: 1959

Re: Keep the noise down

@WoZ Some Brits might think your 'it' is referring to a kangaroo you want tying. Sport.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sort out
Replies: 5
Views: 2775

Re: Sort out

Yes, context argues against the metaphorical sense of 'sort out'. 'Leave someone be' is almost archaic now. It's almost a separable transitive multi-word verb of the verb + verb variety. 'Make do" is an intransitive V + V MWV, and 'let go' a separable transitive (or intransitive) V + V MWV. Perhaps ...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pasquinade
Replies: 2
Views: 2215

Re: pasquinade

I'm not sure whether I want to find a British politician I can use it on or not.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: New Year
Replies: 3
Views: 2683

Re: New Year

Yes, may your daffodils and leeks be bigger and better than ever.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eggcorned
Replies: 13
Views: 10484

Re: Eggcorned

trolley wrote:Today, at work, one of my workers complained that I had "raped him over the coals". I feel horrible. I can't imagine how painful that must have been for him.
Sounds like gratuitous sacks.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: a big girl's blouse
Replies: 8
Views: 5784

Re: a big girl's blouse

I always thought it had something to do with the fact that shirts in England when I was young had only three buttons at the top and blouses had buttons all the way down. Men's shirts on the continent had buttons all the way down and these were known as big girl's blouses That's fascinating, makes s...