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by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 14, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 11
Views: 1992

Re: tinfoil hat

Notice that the cat's tinfoil hat is shaped like a fish. (Any kind will do — except a tuna fish, for obvious reasons.)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Favourite dictionary ...
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: Favourite dictionary ...

I do prefer the paper format when I'm reading a physical book, precisely because it is such a suitable vehicle for serendipitous finds. However, when I'm at the computer it is usually quicker and more convenient simply to use OneLook and its associated resources, especially as those are all more up-...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: spoony

Which is sometimes also the just deserts spoon...

Thanks for painting that amusing little scene for us, Tony. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: All together

Thanks for those insights, Tony. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Secrets

You:

Keep something under your hat; keep mum [about it]; stay quiet / silent [about it]; say nothing [about it]; keep [it] sub rosa [Rare usage]; keep [it] to yourself; keep [it] confidential.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a van for carrying
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: a van for carrying

The usual verbs to describe the moving of objects from one place to another using a vehicle or animal are move, transport, convey and shift, whereas 'carry' suggests they are being moved by hand.

Hence moving, transporting, conveying and shifting rather than 'carrying'.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 07, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: All together

I see... The 'special' kind of 'special'! :D

What did you dislike about it, Bob? (I've never read it, so I'm just curious.)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 07, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Favourite dictionary ...
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: Favourite dictionary ...

My mainstay for many years has been a 1983 edition of Chambers 20th Century Dictionary, which has the advantages of being reasonably comprehensive and coming in a single volume. But at 35 years old, it's definitely inferior to today's online resources. Of those, the Onelook.com metadictionary is my ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 07, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: All together

Good point, Tony.

And thanks for posting the Ingres painting here; it underscores your comments very well.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 06, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: All together

It can be read that "for the altogether" meant the full body not simply a head shot or, hands or, whatever. Emphasising that Trilby was delightful in her entirety, discernible even whilst wrapped in a military greatcoat. Not just a pretty face. This seems to be confirmed later when Trilby says: "I ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 06, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: All together

Merriam-Webster appears to have a handle on this one: Definition: not wearing any clothes: nude Our definition of this word includes the descriptors “informal” and “old-fashioned,” and if we were to be slightly uncharitable we might include “borne of error” as well ​since the term appears to have c...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 05, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: One who lives there entire life in one area
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: One who lives there entire life in one area

There are several terms for an original inhabitant of a place, but none that I know of which also specifies that their whole life is lived there.

If that restriction is waived, then the nouns autochthon, aborigine and native all fit the bill.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 04, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: to wear in cold weather

I agree with your assessment of the connotations of a).

b) sounds natural in the context of an assigned coursework book that must be read tonight. (A similar difference in implied obligation exists with a pair of sentences like "I have a report to write" and "I have a report to be written".)
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 04, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: spoony

Having done a fair bit of sculpture in clay myself, Bob, I can appreciate just how much work went into executing that spoon so nicely, as well as the thought that went into its design. Well done! :D
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 04, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: to wear in cold weather

In these sentences, is to be is equivalent to 'must be', but in all cases except 7-9 the jacket in question is referred to by an indefinite article. The circumstances that invoke some sort of obligation (in this case, what kind of weather such a jacket must be worn in) are therefore attached to the ...