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by Shelley
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: very tall and strong
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: very tall and strong

In my opinion, the problem with C is the redundancy of "and also". You can say "and", or "also", but saying them together is repetitive.
Hi there, Kippiis. And "cheers" to you, too!
by Shelley
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: As Time Goes By
Replies: 4
Views: 1239

Re: As Time Goes By

OPLWT, Bobinwales! (Translation: Outright, Prolonged Laughter, With Tears.)
What a great way to begin my Saturday. Thanks.
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 1001

Re: Authoress

Yeah, trolley, the use of "authoress" by the interviewer in your opening post was weird and jarring. Anachronistic. Who knows what they were thinking. My guess is, they probably weren't. Say, what is a brief and concise gender-neutral term for warehouseman? Warehouse worker? By the way, I'm not one ...
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Recent events in Norfolk
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: Recent events in Norfolk

Quick, someone please take that man's driver's license away from him.
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 1001

Re: Authoress

This is an area that allows for, and requires, a lot of flexibility. People have to be able to use a gender-specific term if it's needed in order to clarify meaning. If context doesn't make a headline clear, then yes, a gender-specific word has to be used: "Key Grip Won't Keep Hands Off Best Boy" wi...
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who saw
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: anyone who saw

. . . what does "Let's make like a banana skin and split" supposed to be or mean? Sorry, tony h -- if I'd said it right (like Phil White did above), it might have made more sense. Making like a banana and splitting is a reference to a "banana split", an over-indulgence involving: a banana, split in...
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: String of fur
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: String of fur

If you're talking about the circle of "fur" under the woman's hat -- well, it's hair. At least that's what fur is called when it's on a human. Otherwise, yes, gdwd's right: it's a cluster of feathers. I believe that lady is Hyacinth Bucket (Boo-KAY) -- for whom "keeping up appearances" was of paramo...
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: very tall and strong
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: very tall and strong

Agree with Phil White. Less is more.
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who saw
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: anyone who saw

So, in the U.K., they say, "Let's make like a banana skin and split." Doesn't sound quite right to me . . .
by Shelley
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Office chairs
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: Office chairs

Ottomans.
Tuffets (is that how you spell it?)
Poofs (don't even . . .)
Large yellow hockey pucks.
Very uncomfortable, if I have to sit there for a long time.
by Shelley
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Why Americans spell the way they do :)
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: Why Americans spell the way they do :)

So it was Noah Webster's fault, eh? Or, rather, NOA.
Ha ha. Scrabble points.
by Shelley
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 588

Re: phone line breaking up

Bobinwales, you're repeating yourself, again.
by Shelley
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 1001

Re: Authoress

Bob, glad to hear they are still together. It's not easy to stay married -- my husband and I celebrated our 30th recently and are pretty proud of ourselves! ANYWAAAY -- again with the deja vu feeling, I dredged up some prior discussions on nonsexist language. (Sorry, you'll have to tolerate my mess,...
by Shelley
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Barriers
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Barriers

Geez. I'd call those things inhumane -- imagine being at the edge of a tightly packed, surging crowd and forced into it. Really puts a damper on your average peace march.
by Shelley
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A negative affect
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: A negative affect

Oh, hey -- that's very helpful, trolley. It's probably been around forever, and I'm just now hearing it. (Except, of course, when I heard it the last time we talked about this!)