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by Shelley
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Newly poured
Replies: 8
Views: 77

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: 3
Views: 43

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: 8
Views: 77

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: 8
Views: 77

Re: Newly poured

It's correct to say he's a frigging idiot.
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Women Who Read
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Women Who Read

So, a mistake could be called a premonition of truth? A preemptive fact? One thing life has taught me: all my worst mistakes will be revealed at the worst possible moment. Count on it. I don't really mind seeing the emojis/smilies in my screen -- I just hesitate to choose them over the old keyboard ...
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry
Replies: 0
Views: 19

Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry

No linguistic scholarship here, just a beautiful novel about some folks trying to make it in 19th century America. I had never read anything by Sebastian Barry before, and judged this book by its cover at a free book exchange event. Barry is henceforth on my list of "go to" authors (meaning, I go to...
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 78
Views: 60674

Re: Good Quotes

Thanks for that link, Erik. Takes me back to the "Master and Margarita" days, my first book read in its entirety without turning a single page. I've read a few books on my computer since then, but I still prefer books with paper pages to flip through, highlight, dog-ear, annotate, and otherwise abus...
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Women Who Read
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Women Who Read

Well, gee, I don't know what else you'd call them. Untenable alternatives? :wink:

P.S. Somehow, I like the old emoticons better . . . ;^)
by Shelley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Promises
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Promises

I can appreciate that "person" or "woman" of one's word doesn't scan as well as "man of his/you/my word". That might be what tony h was getting at when he says the inclusive versions "don't work." There are ways around it though: "I/you/she/they had better keep my/your/her/their word", for example.
by Shelley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the damage?
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: What's the damage?

Of course, this idiom might become ambiguous if you asked it of your garage mechanic, or your home insurance claims adjuster, after an accident or disaster. Just sayin'.
by Shelley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Women Who Read
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Women Who Read

Hah! Kind of like being asked to represent all the tribes of the world when you're the only indigenous soul in the room at the moment. The pressure mounts: what if I'm wrong? What if I make a mistake? So, women love this joke, Phil. They love, especially, the word-for-word repetition of the setup, b...
by Shelley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Just learnt to drive
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Just learnt to drive

Around here, Stevenloan, the big sign on the car proclaims, "STUDENT DRIVER". Those two words say it all: no need to beg for patience or understanding. Everyone should know, automatically, to give you lots of room. Good luck and be safe!
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A litre of petrol
Replies: 8
Views: 996

Re: A litre of petrol

Hah! That was great, Phil, thanks for the laugh.
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hymeneal
Replies: 4
Views: 1025

Re: hymeneal

tony h wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:03 pm
It reminds me of a conversation on the train with a surgeon. She specialised in Hymenoplasty . . .
tony h, yer killin' me.
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Making one's nut
Replies: 5
Views: 916

Re: Making one's nut

Thanks to all for the additional information, from how to perform a more effective word search (thanks for the link, Phil, and don't change a thing!), to the general (legal) ramifications of linking to illustrative photographs (Erik, a great load off my conscience), to the finer points of wagon whee...