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by Shelley
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wheemed
Replies: 9
Views: 3906

Re: wheemed

John, I think you've hit the anvil on the wheeming . . . uh, place. Since this discussion happened, I've discovered Agee was a gifted screen-writer, prize winner, laureate, and the answer to clues in countless crossword puzzles. He could make up any word he wanted to, as far as I'm concerned!
by Shelley
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Stab at wokeness
Replies: 3
Views: 920

Re: Stab at wokeness

We called it "raising one's consciousness" back in the day. Among other things . . .
by Shelley
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too late
Replies: 2
Views: 841

Re: too late

Hi navi -- These are all acceptable, in my opinion. Some are better than others (1 and 4), and I think 4 is best of all. The comma helps, and would be useful in 3. Is there a reason you must place the "too late" at the beginning of the sentence? Why not: I realized he was a crook too late, or I real...
by Shelley
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Christ above
Replies: 7
Views: 1331

Re: Christ above

Of course "flat white" isn't coffee -- it's wall paint where I come from.
by Shelley
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Fish and Chips
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Re: Fish and Chips

Chuckle.
by Shelley
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than I
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Re: more than I

Yeah, azz -- what he said!
by Shelley
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more than I
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Re: more than I

Hi azz -- I think your instinct is correct here. Nevertheless, a) remains ambiguous, because "me" and "I" will be used interchangeably, correct or not. b) is correct and not archaic at all, in my opinion. Adding "do" as in c) really clears up the ambiguity, though. Btw, when I deal with stuff like t...
by Shelley
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A hustle
Replies: 6
Views: 3150

Re: A hustle

"A hustle" does not mean the same thing as "A dream." Depending on the context, a hustle is usually something bad; a dream is usually something good. Hustling is prostitution, frequently. And yes, sometimes "a hustle" can be legitimate, honest work, but I would never call it that, except humorously....
by Shelley
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ballsy
Replies: 4
Views: 2302

Re: Ballsy

So, not your idea of a dream date, Eric? Stevenloan, as trolley said, the term "ballsy" is no more correct than "do you have enough balls": both are vulgar (and dated, by the way). Unless you intend your character to be a crude person, I suggest you re-frame the question completely. Since having bre...
by Shelley
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The wearing of masks
Replies: 4
Views: 2346

Re: The wearing of masks

Either way, it demonstrates the truth of the old adage "halitosis is better than no breath". Funny, Phil! I'm quite attached to my mask -- a folded, pink bandana. I can wash it out when I reach my destination (work), it dries quickly, and is all fresh and soap-smelling when I have to wear it again ...
by Shelley
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Food
Replies: 4
Views: 2445

Re: Food

This food has joined the dark side, Luke Skywalker -- consume it at your peril.
by Shelley
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Rant
Replies: 6
Views: 2262

Re: Rant

You do your best to purchase things ethically and with a certain regard for the environment, but ultimately you have no control over the process. Phil, you are completely justified in your frustration and fury. This conundrum is the basis for the problem of "The Good Place": after several seasons, ...
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: 5198

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: 9392

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: 5663

Re: The best schools

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

Signed,
The weary cynic