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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shortie
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Shortie

Sometimes very tall (or very fat) people are given humorous nicknames that relate to the opposite end of the size spectrum, such as 'Tiny', 'Midget', or 'Titch'.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inversion
Replies: 14
Views: 523

Re: inversion

Thanks, Phil. That explanation is a tour de force.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Leave the flip-flops behind
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: Leave the flip-flops behind

It means "dress smartly, not casually". In the West, flip-flops are generally associated with use in the home or on the beach, and with people who can't afford better footwear. The nouveaux riches tend not to like to be reminded of their humble social origins, so I presume that many of them prefer t...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Getting better from a sickness
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Getting better from a sickness

The process is known as recuperation, recovery or convalescence. The corresponding verbs are recuperate, recover and convalesce. A person who is undergoing this process is a convalescent, or perhaps a recovering patient. Colloquially, they could be said to be on the mend, doing better, or on the roa...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Addicted to exercising
Replies: 8
Views: 339

Re: Addicted to exercising

Good luck if you're sitting next to someone like that on a bus or plane.

To answer your original question, Steven, the only term that springs to my mind is "gym rat", which I think is chiefly a North American usage.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: So surprised or so shocked
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: So surprised or so shocked

"I'm {dumbfounded / dumbstruck / gobsmacked / struck dumb}".

"I'm lost for words".

"I have no words".

Of course, this situation can also be described using the past tense: "I had no words", etc.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bale out / bail out
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Bale out / bail out

"Anyone who thinks I'm about to leap out of this plane is highly mistaken!" said Tom balefully.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Palace traditions
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: Palace traditions

"All eyes will be on Melania Trump as she navigates the often tricky waters of palace traditions"

can be paraphrased as

"Everyone will be scrutinizing Melania Trump as she tries to find her way through the maze of royal protocol, which is often difficult to do successfully"
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 31, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trouser belt loop
Replies: 4
Views: 484

Re: Trouser belt loop

My preferred wordings: 1a. There's one more loop at the back that you need to pass the belt through. 3a. There's a loop behind you that you haven't yet passed the belt through. (To my mind, threading is mostly reserved for things that are either round in cross-section and/or very thin in every dimen...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 29, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing with a roof
Replies: 3
Views: 706

Re: Thing with a roof

I admire the ingenuity of this design and its sturdy construction, though it could also do with some kind of platform or set of portable steps to make it easier to reach the topmost washing lines. I know of no standard term for a structure like this. I would describe it as a covered outdoor {clothes...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 27, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An eatery that cheats a customer
Replies: 5
Views: 1003

Re: An eatery that cheats a customer

I'm not aware of any term specifically for an eatery that price-gouges / overcharges / takes financial advantage of its customers. In general terms, such a company could be called a rip-off merchant, sharks, thieves , or robbers. ("Don't buy anything from them. They're absolute sharks!") (A loan sha...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 25, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Baby's thing
Replies: 4
Views: 1527

Re: Baby's thing

Here's a version with a built-in crap-catcher:

https://babybjorn-us.imgix.net/app/uplo ... rmat&w=768
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 23, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How many percent?
Replies: 2
Views: 1241

Re: How many percent?

I'd probably ask something like "What's my [phone] battery level at now?" or "How much charge is there in my phone?"
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 22, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What do you call ...
Replies: 5
Views: 2086

Re: What do you call ...

The best way to prevent that kind of thing is to watch YouTube in incognito / private viewing / stealth (etc.) mode, which will prevent the site from saving permanent cookies to your device. Alternatively, Phil, you could welcome the opportunity to embrace your inner Genghis. Tony, I think the answe...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 21, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pregnant belly
Replies: 6
Views: 2137

Re: Pregnant belly

On a different point entirely, the comment "you'd think I were Betty Draper" doesn't sound natural. It ought to be "you'd think I was Betty Draper". (For anyone who's wondering who that is, she was the uptight but somewhat neglected wife of the advertising exec Don Draper in the HBO series Mad Men. )