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by Shelley
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kilometers
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: Kilometers

Both of your examples are ok, Stevenloan. Only thing is, " . . . has your car driven?" is a little strange to my ears because a car doesn't drive itself (although, apparently, that is changing). I would amend #2 to read, How many total kilometers have you driven your car ? What's (what does) your od...
by Shelley
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Making one's nut
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Making one's nut

First off, my search for a previous discussion of this yielded nothing. The search entity explained, very nicely, that it was ignoring the word "nut" because it was too common and too short. I'm short, common, and sometimes a nut but I don't think that's any reason to be ignored. So. One's "nut" is ...
by Shelley
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 613

Re: Clothes hangers

I'm shocked. Shocked.
by Shelley
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The pub.
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: The pub.

A bloke in the pub told me that he had been given a locket for his birthday. He put his own photograph in it because he wanted to be independent. Bah-dum bump! So, is sologamy even legal? In the U.S., could one take a "married" deduction on one's taxes? It's mighty large, compared to the deduction ...
by Shelley
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 613

Re: Clothes hangers

. . . pants in American English are trousers in the UK, Australia, New Zealand etc. "Pants" to us are underwear. Well, tony h's comment went right over my head! Thanks for clarifying, Bobinwales. And hardee har-har, tony h! So, I have a few corrections to make about the chart that tony h has posted...
by Shelley
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lots of cigarettes
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: Lots of cigarettes

A twenty a day man. We usually called ourselves, "pack-a-day" smokers, or (horrors!) "two- or three-packs-a-day." Cigarettes came twenty to a pack, so the result is the same. I was a pack-a-day smoker, off and on, until, thankfully, I quit for good -- almost twenty-five years ago. Stevenloan, I kno...
by Shelley
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 613

Re: Clothes hangers

Generally, these devices are all just lumped together and called hangers, Stevenloan. But, if you want to be precise, the hangers with the notches (you call them "dents") along the shoulder are designed for dresses, and can be called "dress hangers". Even though the ones in the top picture have what...
by Shelley
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Lingerie floor

Yes, it was a period of ups and downs.
by Shelley
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Lingerie floor

. . . his overweening machismo could not withstand . . . any suggestion that he possessed a softer side. And yet, in his later, larger years, he was known to wear muumuus . In order to save money during a brief stay in a vintage, down-at-heel Denver hotel, I ran the elevator for about $5 a day. It ...
by Shelley
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Clients and Customers
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Clients and Customers

I get it, Phil -- there really is a difference. You have clients, who pay for your expertise in providing a needed service. In fact, sometimes the service provided is intangible -- psychological counseling, for example. Yeah, I guess if you translated by the yard, then you might have customers inste...
by Shelley
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: What do you call this job position?

Thank God! I've had my hand raised for hours!
by Shelley
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: J S Bach
Replies: 11
Views: 783

Re: J S Bach

Aaah, Bach . . .

-- Radar O'Reilly
by Shelley
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: What do you call this job position?

In 2019, the person who heads the cleaning crew committee would be called the "Char."
by Shelley
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Clients and Customers
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Clients and Customers

After all client and customer have little to distinguish between them. Although your post is about Client States, I just want to say that there's a big perceptual difference between "client" and "customer". I don't think the terms are interchangeable for a lot of people. I work for lawyers, and the...
by Shelley
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: What do you call this job position?

In my office building, and in many New York office buildings, the hours are not incidental, because the crew who cleans offices and maintains bathrooms (i.e., cleans the toilets) usually works at night or, at least, after 6:00 pm or thereabouts. That's so they can do their jobs without interruption,...