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by Shelley
Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Another bridge
Replies: 2
Views: 339

Re: Another bridge

I'd call that a pontoon bridge, Stevenloan. (And a very pretty one, too -- not scary at all.)
by Shelley
Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bridge
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Bridge

Personally, I'd call it scary.
by Shelley
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Minding ones P's and Q's
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: Minding ones P's and Q's

I thought of that, too, tony h!
by Shelley
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 73
Views: 37674

Re: Good Quotes

Just so, Ken!
by Shelley
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Security gates
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: Security gates

Stevenloan, these look like security scanners or metal detectors to me. In my neighborhood, we just call the set-up "security" and thus you have the expression "going through security" -- the act of passing through the detector or scanner and triggering lots of bells and whistles, just to make the d...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Minding ones P's and Q's
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: Minding ones P's and Q's

Wikipedia has a particularly good discussion on the possible origins of Mind your P’s and Q’s . ____________________________ Ken Greenwald — March 8, 2018 Hi Ken! I had to click around for a while before I got to the Wiki article. It seems to have all the same points that Quinlan made, only shifted...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Minding ones P's and Q's
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: Minding ones P's and Q's

Ok, well, as usual, it's way more complicated, and thanks for the link, Erik. I don't get why Quinlan chooses the Churchill 1763 poem as the true origin over the older 1612 usage by Rowland, save for the fact that Churchill's reflects the "minding/paying attention to" meaning more closely. I like th...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which...? vs. what...?
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Re: which...? vs. what...?

Azz, I searched to see if the What versus Which question had ever been discussed, and couldn't find anything. It's hard to believe this has not been addressed already. Anyway . . . My take on your examples is: a. yes, "what" is correct here. b. no, "which" does not work. (So yes, you're right in thi...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Minding ones P's and Q's
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Re: Minding ones P's and Q's

Bobinwales, that is so interesting! Makes sense to me, too. The character speaking is "Qwghlm-ish", and I think the author is taking a shot at your very consonant-laden language. Qwghlm is the name of a fictitious island off the coast of Scotland, featured in the novels Cryptonomicon and the Baroque...
by Shelley
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Minding ones P's and Q's
Replies: 9
Views: 853

Minding ones P's and Q's

Ok, I just read the following in the current Neal Stephenson book I'm reading, King of the Vagabonds (second in the eight-part Baroque Cycle ): "You're the sort who keeps a tally, aren't you? Like a tavern-goer who prides himself on the Ps and Qs chalked up on the wall next his name -- save in your ...
by Shelley
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 21
Views: 5170

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

Oooh, pretty! :wink:
by Shelley
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this kind of truck?
Replies: 15
Views: 5765

Re: What do you call this kind of truck?

One of the best songs ever written -- Cement Mixer, Put-Ti Put-Ti.
Enjoy, my friends!
by Shelley
Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Welsh secret
Replies: 8
Views: 8406

Re: Welsh secret

Wizard of Oz wrote: .. Stella says that it has to do with the alignment of the welsh jaw ..
. . . you mean, their rare bite? (Buh dum bah!)
by Shelley
Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: The only challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 7048

Re: The only challenge

Only, is there only one answer to only this challenge only?
by Shelley
Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby carrier?
Replies: 6
Views: 4308

Re: A baby carrier?

I would like to see a scholarly study contrasting the psycho-social development of people who, as babies, were carried in these things turned either inward, facing their "grown-up", or outward, facing the oncoming world. Outward-facing always looks a little strange to me, like the baby is a hood orn...