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by Shelley
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'd like to coin the phrase: advertiser's apostrophe
Replies: 2
Views: 3398

Re: I'd like to coin the phrase: advertiser's apostrophe

That's very interesting - a screener for potential dupes. What's really cool, though, is the pi pie pic next to the article. (Don't know if it appears in everyone's screen -- could be a regional thing.)
So tony h, I will point out the advertiser's apostrophe, by name, whenever I see it.
by Shelley
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Smallest Room
Replies: 3
Views: 3305

Re: The Smallest Room

I like to call it "the euphemism."
by Shelley
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The best schools
Replies: 3
Views: 3719

Re: The best schools

Honey, I just call that the way of the world.

Signed,
The weary cynic
by Shelley
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In the pub
Replies: 8
Views: 3764

Re: In the pub

"Flora of the Moors: A Vegetarian's Guide," by the Bronte Soeurs
by Shelley
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In the pub
Replies: 8
Views: 3764

Re: In the pub

Very funny, guys. But I meant DINOSAUR ones. "Try Sarah Topps" may be the only DINOSAUR one.
by Shelley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In the pub
Replies: 8
Views: 3764

Re: In the pub

Good one, Bobinwales. I want to come up with some others, but this may be the only one!
by Shelley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A close second
Replies: 3
Views: 2691

Re: A close second

Stevenloan, I think you've used the phrase perfectly in your coffee example. Like tony h says, when something beats something else by a very small margin, it's called "a close second." There are bunches of idioms to describe a very close finish between competitors: beaten by a hair/nose; a photo-fin...
by Shelley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Au contraire
Replies: 6
Views: 3542

Re: Au contraire

. . . whether the expression comes across as pretentious is dependent partly on who is saying it, in what context and with what intention. Indeed. Late to the party once again, I still must add my two cents: "au contraire, mon frere" is nothing but cool when Bart Simpson says it. I have a memory of...
by Shelley
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Slide and slip
Replies: 4
Views: 2833

Re: Slide and slip

I've always heard the expression as, ". . . slipped through one's fingers." This version shows up on a google search as an idiom.
Of course, Paul Simon would have it both ways: Y'know, the nearer your destination, the more you're slip sliding away.
by Shelley
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: poor
Replies: 2
Views: 2014

Re: poor

Hi azz. I don't find (a) to be ambiguous. It might be ambiguous if you were speaking the two words: a person might hear "poorhouse." On paper, though, I take "poor house" to simply mean badly built, rundown, or otherwise not up to standard. I might use a more specific word to describe a structure's ...
by Shelley
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Poster arrangement
Replies: 3
Views: 2212

Re: Poster arrangement

In my book, the display on the wall above the shelves is called "signage." So, in current slang (as trolley has pointed out) I would call this a "signage fail." On the other hand, since the stuff on the shelves is moveable, and the sign(age) above is less so, this could be called an assistant manage...
by Shelley
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Newly poured
Replies: 11
Views: 4023

Re: Newly poured

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:21 am
And that would definitely be a mistake.
It's why I come here: to incur wrath and commit preemptive occurences of reality. Ok -- I get it, Phil ------ nix-on the super-fluous-dashes.
by Shelley
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: What do Americans mean by Pantomime
Replies: 5
Views: 3174

Re: What do Americans mean by Pantomime

Tony h, you can view a YouTube video of Red Skelton's work at the United Nations by googling "Red Skelton pantomime." Oh never mind -- let me just do it for you. Enjoy!
Unfortunately, you have to tolerate a few minutes of vintage TV commercials.
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Newly poured
Replies: 11
Views: 4023

Re: Newly poured

Stevenloan, the phrase "social awareness" is too broad to describe just what this person is lacking. Chiefly, he lacks any respect for the labor, time, and cost that others have put into laying the pavement, which indicates he has some "antisocial personality disorder." (That's what the docs say now...
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Newly poured
Replies: 11
Views: 4023

Re: Newly poured

It's correct to say he's a frigging idiot.