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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The youth of today
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Re: The youth of today

In other words, your grand-niece was exhibiting Schadenfreude at her mother's contrasting unfamiliarity with the term.

The child shows promise.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Food stamps
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Food stamps

Fair point, Tony.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: As Time Goes By
Replies: 4
Views: 1239

Re: As Time Goes By

For the benefit of any 80-year-olds who may be reading this posting, here is the Uxbridge Wetherspoon. There is motorcycle parking nearby, otherwise you just have to take your chances and hope you can find a parking space on the high street. https://drunkenbunny.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/good-yarn...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Food stamps
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Food stamps

Yes. The writer is highlighting the great hypocrisy of people who are benefiting from public money being spent on their own lavish and extravagant lifestyles, but object to tiny amounts of money being allocated to the poor.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 1001

Re: Authoress

Boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, man friend, woman friend, partner, companion, cohabitant, significant other (ugh!)... It's a minefield out there! I still remember the email I received from one of my American cousins some 20 years ago in which she referred to her then-boyfriend as her POSSLQ, a near-un...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: negation and numbers
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: negation and numbers

These sentences are all grammatically correct, but each conveys a different nuance. a. "Not even twenty people showed up on the opening night" implies "and this was very disappointing". b. "Not twenty people showed up on the opening night" implies "only a ridiculously tiny number of people came to t...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Recent events in Norfolk
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: Recent events in Norfolk

Online, there's a timely reminder for the Duke.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 1001

Re: Authoress

The controversy over what terminology is appropriate to use reflects the fact that for some people, a term like 'actress' or 'princess' describes an objective difference, whereas for others it is a vehicle for perpetuating sex stereotypes. As the above-mentioned article in The Guardian highlights, a...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

An article in The Independent's online edition highlights a poem by Elise Wouters which pays homage to 50 Shades of Grey. The article says: --------------------- Belgian writer, poet and visual artist Elise Wouters has turned her pen to the most tumultuous political situation of our times, and she's...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

In 2015, Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a promise he didn't think he'd have to keep to hold a referendum on Brexit that he didn't think he'd lose. Boris Johnson decided to back the side he didn't believe in because he didn't think it would win. After promising he wouldn't resign if he...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Removing your hair
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Removing your hair

8. Hello. I posted your hair on Facebook, and one of my friends has asked me to buy it for him. How much is it?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Removing your hair
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Removing your hair

7. Sorry, Miss, but you might want to check your wig for embedded trash.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Removing your hair
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Removing your hair

5. Pardon me, would you mind if I dispose of my chewing gum on the tail of your horse?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rabble-rouser
Replies: 6
Views: 2803

Re: rabble-rouser

That interpretation would be more convincing if the Bible had originally been written in English. 8)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: has had vs. had
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: has had vs. had

Rufus Miles wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:31 am
However one could argue that if this were indeed the speaker's intention, then he/she ought to have used "have become"...
True for British English, but I think this kind of tense mixing is largely acceptable in most flavours of US English.