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by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was kidnapped
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: was kidnapped

My comments regarding how natural these variants seem are shown in black. Which are correct: 1) He was killed to keep him silent. Yes. 2) He was killed to be kept silent. No. 3) He was killed to keep silent (meaning: He was killed so that he would keep silent.) No. 4) He was killed in order to keep ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stochastic terrorism
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: stochastic terrorism

“ Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. [...] DailyKos.com, 10 January 2019 I am not keen on this novel usage. I get the point being made by the c...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Live off one's parents
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Live off one's parents

I would call him, A-lazy-sod-who-will-live-to-regret-being-a-lazy-sod-when-his-parents-have-popped-off. He probably won't outlive his parents. Steve: I don't think there's a specific term for that category of person. More general terms for someone who lives off someone else without making a contrib...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 13
Views: 4692

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

https://www.brugesgroup.com/images/easyblog_articles/657/b2ap3_large_Brexit-cake.jpg LEAVER: I want an omelette. REMAINER: Right. It’s just we haven’t got any eggs. LEAVER: Yes, we have. There they are. [HE POINTS AT A CAKE] REMAINER: They’re in the cake. LEAVER: Yes, get them out of the cake, plea...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Live off one's parents
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Live off one's parents

I'd call them fortunate to be able to have this brief interlude in which to enjoy life before exponentially accelerating climate catastrophe, a global financial meltdown, planetary ecosystem collapse and/or famine takes us all down, probably around 1-2 years from now (depending on where one happens ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bad seed
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: Bad seed

The reason you couldn't find that term is that it is not an established idiom. The proverb the person who used the phrase was probably grappling for (and failing to remember correctly) was "There's a bad apple in every barrel", meaning (in this context) "Even a well-run/ethical organization will hav...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Scary
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Re: Scary

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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Protest
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: Protest

tony h wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:27 am
We always imagine Americans are much more exuberant in their emotions
Good point. I should have included shoot {the place up / anything that moves / everyone {in sight / within range}} and indiscriminately open fire.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not much more
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: not much more

They are all grammatically correct, and mean pretty much the same thing.

The inclusion of much in c) and d) has a softening effect, which means that a) and b) could -- depending on the context -- sound more critical of the person whose action is being described.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Protest
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: Protest

You might {cause / create / make} a scene, or make a [real] {fuss / nuisance of yourself}. In Britain (but not the USA, I think), you could also go ballistic. Or you could just complain loudly.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Finnegans Wake and beesknees
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Re: Finnegans Wake and beesknees

Imagine being in solitary confinement and having only that to read...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Traffic
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Traffic

The traffic is gridlocked, in gridlock, bumper-to-bumper, at a standstill, snarled up or backed up. Quite simply, it isn't moving.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The dentist
Replies: 0
Views: 340

The dentist

A woman with a nasty toothache visits her dental practice. After showing her the X-ray pictures, the dentist says, “I'm afraid I'm going to have to extract that tooth.” The woman is horrified. “What! I'd rather have a baby!” “Please make your mind up,” says the dentist, “I'll need to adjust the chai...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Husky and Hoarse
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: Husky and Hoarse

Husky:

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Hoarse:

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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Be careful!
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: Be careful!

2), though 3) is OK as well.

1) sounds rather aggressive. Use with care.

Alternatively:

"Watch out!"

"Hey! Pay attention!"

"Mind {what you're doing / where you're going / where you're riding} !"