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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if you don't like any of them
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: if you don't like any of them

"If there's any particular photo you don't like, don't buy it".
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Money
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Money

And "The money in your back pocket..."
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bus
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: Bus

Also available in Boston (Massachusetts).

The origin of the term 'duck' for this kind of vehicle is described here and here.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just legs.
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Just legs.

"Is that hoodie his or yours?"

"Please pass on my greetings to you and yours".
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Nope. I just can't see a case for "your's".

Why might YOU use it, Bob?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sweatshirts
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Sweatshirts

In my opinion, a hoodie is a sweatshirt with a hood.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything he said
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: everything he said

Yes.

There is a slight difference in meaning, though. In the absence of any specific context, the 'whatever' versions imply less focus on the content and more on its confirmation.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: until
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: until

Substitute 'as far as' for 'until'. Alternatively: a. Walk up this street until you get to the second intersection and then turn left. b. I went [up] to the third door and stopped. c. He traveled until he got as far as Boston, but [then] [he] couldn't go further. ---------- Text enclosed in square b...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: incomprehensible statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 113

Re: incomprehensible statistics

This is the kind of complicated statistical situation where a Venn diagram is a particularly useful tool for understanding the whole picture, but only if you can get rid of all the ambiguities and lack of clarity in the descriptions. For instance, were all the people having an affair with a coworker...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ceiling light
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: Ceiling light

I would call Steven's lamp a [plain] [black] [three-tiered] pendant [lamp]shade.

(The descriptors in square brackets are optional. Mix and match as required.)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shower
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: Shower

Yes.

You could also more precisely describe it as a shower enclosure, shower cubicle or shower stall.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Metal circles
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: Metal circles

The enlarged image seems to depict a more injurious form of barbed wire called razor wire, where the coils of wire are studded not with barbs but with blades.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kitchen device
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Kitchen device

Box graters often incorporate a blade that enables the utensil to function like a mandoline.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kitchen device
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Kitchen device

Trolley, has your family tasted your blood yet?
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Medical progress
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Medical progress

It was break time. Four doctors were sitting at the same table in the hospital canteen. The English doctor bragged, “We're so smart, we can transplant a heart into someone and have them functioning properly again in just a few months!” The German doctor replied, “That's nothing. Our country is so ad...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: facts or not facts
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: facts or not facts

The most charitable thing one can say in response to SHS's comment is that she is as prone to brain farts as everyone else in the White House, but that because of her high profile as the President's official spokesperson, hers are more obvious. For instance, doesn't she even realize that what she ca...