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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: life-saved
Replies: 4
Views: 35

Re: life-saved

"Life-saved" immediately places the speaker in a previously life-threatening context, and makes their rescue sound more dramatic than the plainer "I was saved". Additionally, while the latter would be accurate, it would also be open to greater misinterpretation, especially by people belonging to cer...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sell quickly
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Re: Sell quickly

'Fast-moving consumer goods' (abbreviation: FMCG) and 'consumer packaged goods' (CPG) are terms used in commerce for low-value commodities like soap, aspirin and toilet paper. 'Discount marketing' refers to the practice of undercutting commercial rivals, which can result in a price war. In Britain, ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big frying pan
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Big frying pan

Other possibilities are griddle and some of the terms listed here.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Place to practice martial arts
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Place to practice martial arts

Wikipedia's article titled 'dojo' notes:
Other names for training halls that are equivalent to "dojo" include the following:

Akhara (Indian martial arts)
Dojang (Korean martial arts)
Gelanggang (silat Melayu)
Heya (sumo)
Kalari (kalaripayat)
Sasaran (pencak silat)
Wuguan (wushu)
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Jobs
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Jobs

I have encountered job-hopper and job-hopping for this concept. The verb is to hop jobs or to job-hop.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Donald Trump about
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Donald Trump about

tony h wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:30 pm
When reading Erik's response you may wish to consider whether the response is simply a linguistic response , or whether it is more a reflection of by Erik's politics.
Tony's very pertinent comment prompts me to point you to this Vice news story from yesterday.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Donald Trump about
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Donald Trump about

I think we're all asking ourselves that. One clue may be drawn from the public meeting he presided over in Puerto Rico in which he demonstrated his goodwill to its people by throwing rolls of paper kitchen towels into the crowd -- rather like Tom Jones**, but in reverse. (This was a week or two afte...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Boxes of pies stacked up
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Boxes of pies stacked up

Bob, I had the same reaction as you. :P
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just a Minute rules ...
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Just a Minute rules ...

If you followed that principle consistently, you would also be prohibiting apostrophe S from being used more than once by the same speaker in the same 60-second segment.

I think that would cripple the game, or at least make it exceedingly difficult to play.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Translating 'The Iliad'
Replies: 0
Views: 252

Translating 'The Iliad'

Ever wondered why Homer's story is called The Iliad?

Ilium was another name for Troy, and the -ad suffix means "the story of". So if you translate the title into English, The Iliad could actually be rendered as Troy Story.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Re: Peachy

In the States it's often shortened to douche, as in "That guy's a total douche!"

I suppose there's some sort of logic there for speakers of British English, for whom an exclamation like "Those plumbers are a complete shower!" would be meaningful.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: orthography
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Re: orthography

We tend to comment on spelling, hand writing and grammar as though they were separate parts of a communication. It is as though we talk of "three lines, joined together" but never mention the triangle. Isn't all of that covered by the term 'written communication' (or 'handwritten communication', if...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Neologism - volunteeriat
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Re: Neologism

This Catalan page says: "Què és el voluntariat ? El voluntariat és el conjunt d’accions que porten a terme les persones que dediquen una part del seu temps lliure a realitzar un servei als altres o a la comunitat, d’una manera solidària, per voluntat pròpia i sense esperar res a canvi." This transla...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 15474

Re: blind men on galloping horses

Somehow, I keep thinking about those "poor starving kids in China" that I always had to hear about when ever I complained about having to eat creamed corn, or brussell sprouts or liver and onions. That reminds me of when I was about 8 and flicking salt from a salt cellar while waiting in the queue ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cars
Replies: 5
Views: 527

Re: Cars

The purpose of a spoiler is to reduce the drag from airflow turbulence (thereby increasing fuel efficiency) and/or to improve the handling characteristics. In the latter case, it is designed to apply downward pressure on the rear wheels when the car is moving quickly, thereby enabling it to corner a...