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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Decoration
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: Decoration

Is this a unique construction, or are there lots of these in Vietnam? I've never seen anything resembling it anywhere in the West, so I think native speakers of English would either choose to use the Vietnamese name for one of these (perhaps "ghế vòng tròn tre"?), invent a name from scratch, or else...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It's not flooded with water
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: It's not flooded with water

Quite right, Bob. I felt that 'walkway' was somehow wrong, but you nailed it.

Thanks. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It's not flooded with water
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: It's not flooded with water

I would probably say something like "You can get to the small island from the mainland along a connecting walkway that {isn't submerged / is above the water}".

One could quibble that it doesn't completely meet the definition of an island, because it isn't entirely surrounded by water. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'm still shopping
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: I'm still shopping

I guess " You shouldn't have to look that hard. " means " You're beautiful so it's easy for you to find a partner. ". Is it correct? That depends on what Person A had in mind by fine when he said "a fine woman like you shouldn't have to look that hard". It could certainly mean "physically beautiful...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'm still shopping
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: I'm still shopping

You almost correctly understood the meaning of "tied some lucky man down": in this context, to tie someone down is to marry them, because both parties are then legally bound to each other. However, Person A is flattering Person B by describing B's prospective mate as "lucky". The man would not be in...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Blonde joke
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Blonde joke

An old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Jack Daniels. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, 'Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?' The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky v...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How Smart?
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: How Smart?

I wish! I think the ideal demise for Covid-45 would be for him to choke on a burger while in his marble bathroom and cough uncontrollably, causing him to lose his balance and slip, bash his head on his gold-plated bath tap, and end up with his face in the pan of his gold-plated toilet. The benefits:...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ketchup
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Ketchup

Funny that, Phil. I can see only the second (Hunts) bottle in Steven's posting, but not the first (whether in his original posting or in the 'reply' screen). When I opened his posting for editing to extract the URL for the image of the first bottle and pasted it directly into my browser, I got a tot...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ketchup
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Ketchup

If the other bottle (which I can't see in your posting) was a flexible plastic bottle with a nozzle, that would be a squeeze bottle.

The Hunts bottle is a standard plastic bottle of ketchup with a screw cap.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?

There's a reason those parking lots are mostly empty. I believe that the handbaskets (and handcarts) get sent back to Earth for reuse. Otherwise, how are all those people who I am sure we agree have a metaphorical label stuck to their foreheads saying "I'M GOING STRAIGHT TO HELL" going to get there?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1932
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: 1932

Sort of. As you implied, in 1932 the United States was in dire economic straits. 1932 was one year in what was subsequently loosely called "The Great Depression", a state of affairs that was relieved by government assistance in the shape of the so-called New Deal. Person B is doubtful that this time...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?

What we need is a proper study to investigate your question by asking the various populations of ultra-pious Christians around the globe what their opinions are concerning the makeup of Hell's denizens. Ideally, we ought also to have someone actually visit Hell and report back on the objective demog...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Two feet of concrete
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: Two feet of concrete

I presume Person A means that in normal circumstances, less than two feet of roadway is visible between you and the car in front because the highways are so crowded with traffic. Los Angeles is particularly notorious for its nose-to-tail traffic jams. Many roads in the US, especially in the suburbs,...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Semicircle
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Semicircle

I don't know the technical term for that spiked semicircular steel object, but I do know that its purpose is to bar anyone from trying to get round the end of the object it is attached to. You typically find them being used to make the end of a wall or fence that runs up to a river, canal or railway...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kitsch
Replies: 3
Views: 5871

Re: kitsch

I couldn't help wondering what sort of situation made it worth coining a special word to describe the activity of scraping mud up off the street. Picture the scene: ------- (LOCATION: A COTTAGE IN A SMALL TOWN IN BAVARIA, CIRCA 1830) HUSBAND: Did you kitsch today, Liebchen? WIFE: No, meine Liebe, I ...