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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Why old men don't get hired
Replies: 0
Views: 16

Why old men don't get hired

Interviewer: What would you say is your worst quality?

Old man: I’m too honest.

Interviewer: I hardly think that’s a bad quality.

Old man: I don’t give a fuck what you think!
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in their own way
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: in their own way

Only b) sounds natural to me, though it would not surprise me if I heard c).

a) is grammatically correct, but it makes the speaker sound long-winded and pedantic.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wrong side of the oven
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Wrong side of the oven

There's a common idiom, "to {wake up on / get out of} the wrong side of the bed", meaning "to be in a bad mood". Person D has just adapted it for the context of this discussion.

I can understand what they're getting at, but I don't think this latest twist on the idiom is likely to become widespread.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: NO!!
Replies: 0
Views: 74

NO!!

An aerospace engineer explains the future airliner cockpit concept to an airline pilot: "So, the cockpit in our next-generation airliners will have a computer, a dog and one of you guys. The computer will fly the plane, and you'll monitor the computer." "And what's the dog for?" "Making sure you don...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Old news
Replies: 0
Views: 81

Old news

I've just heard the BBC reporter Danny Vincent speaking of the "strong weakening of the activists" in the context of the opposition in Hong Kong to the efforts by the government of mainland China to tighten their control over the territory.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: hospital corners
Replies: 18
Views: 2678

Re: hospital corners

Enjoy your delusions, Phil. :lol:
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: hospital corners
Replies: 18
Views: 2678

Re: hospital corners

Here's a handy how-to guide on folding hospital corners: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Hospital-Corner

Personally, I feel that life's too short for this kind of obsessiveness, though in a hotel, hospital or barracks there is arguably some point to it.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Rudi Giuliani
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Re: Rudi Giuliani

Like his boss Donald Trump, Giuliani's dyeing to run again for office -- hopefully with similar success.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Come close
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: Come close

{Nothing could / There's nothing to} touch Trolley's response.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Run a red light
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Run a red light

"Were you trying to kill us both, you ******* *****!?"
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too good
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: too good

In my observation, the "of a" construction is prevalent in North America, and the naked "a" construction is more common here in the UK. But these are norms with exceptions, so as far as I'm concerned, have at it whichever way you wanna say it. :wink:
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: let down
Replies: 1
Views: 175

Re: let down

General expectations can be let down as well. It's not just failures to keep promises that can lead to let-downs.

Both versions sound fine to me; 1) is more colloquial. No discernible difference in meaning unless the speaker of 1) actually lost money, or a bet, as a result of the losing score.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: any other man
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Re: any other man

In both cases, the logic of the construction says yes. However, in practice people often speak without wording their utterances too carefully, in a manner that makes them sound as though they are saying the opposite of what they actually mean. (For instance, I regularly hear "It's impossible to unde...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Roger
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: Roger

Yes, sometimes, but usually with older people. They are more likely to understand the reference than the generations that have grown up with the internet.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The door of
Replies: 2
Views: 404

Re: The door of

I don't think the metaphor of the door is very effective in this context.

"During childbirth, the line between successfully giving birth and dying is a narrow one."

It is not necessary to specify the mother with this formulation, because it is obvious that that is who is implied.