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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Resources for learning English
Topic: A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785)
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785)

Since writing the original posting I've investigated more closely the various ways in which it is possible to browse and share the dictionary, which is presented initially in a flip-book format. Navigation here is basic, and involves clicking on the left- or right-hand side of the book (or on the le...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Resources for learning English
Topic: Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase (1909)
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase (1909)

Since writing the original posting I've investigated more closely the various ways in which it is possible to browse and share the dictionary, which is presented initially in a flip-book format. Navigation here is basic, and involves clicking on the left- or right-hand side of the book (or on the le...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Resources for learning English
Topic: A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785)
Replies: 1
Views: 55

A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785)

Below, I can do no better than to quote verbatim the description of this dictionary which appears on the website of Public Domain Review. (The dictionary is downloadable from the link above as a PDF and in several other e-book formats.) Thirty years after Dr Johnson published his great Dictionary of...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Resources for learning English
Topic: Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase (1909)
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase (1909)

Readers of 19th-century English fiction may be interested in a dictionary of Victorian slang titled Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase . It was compiled and written by James Redding Ware, the pseudonym of Andrew Forrester, the British writer who...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?

Tony and I appear to be fully on the same page. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tablecloth
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: Tablecloth

It's a lace tablecloth.

Going by the different types of lacework illustrated here, it's an example of broderie anglaise.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: What's the difference between "gallantry" and "chivalry"?

In the context of men's behaviour towards women, gallantry and chivalry are largely synonymous. However, both words have other connotations where the meanings diverge somewhat: Gallantry is also a term for courageous behaviour on the battlefield. Chivalry is the term given to the medieval knightly s...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: Ice

There's also quite an informative Wikipedia article about the various forms of shaved ice and the various designations for them around the world.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and I haven't
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: and I haven't

Yes. Sentence b) sounds more informal, and would be more likely to occur in speech (as in your variant) than on the page.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rice thing
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: Rice thing

I would call that a sickle or billhook.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Eggs
Replies: 0
Views: 153

Eggs

Arriving shortly after lunchtime in a small town where he was due to give a lecture that evening, Mark Twain went looking for something to do for the rest of the afternoon. When he asked at the general store for suggestions, the shopkeeper replied, "No, there ain't much happenin' here this afternoon...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Book
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: Book

When the book includes a integral {fabric / ribbon} bookmark, the inclusion can also be described as a bound bookmark, because like the book's pages it has been bound into the book.

Bookmarks are also sometimes known as bookmarkers, which is an older term for them.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shade
Replies: 3
Views: 335

Re: Shade

2) is better.

The wording of 1) ("Let's stay in the shade") implies that you and your friend are already in the shade of the tree.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'someone' instead of 'one'
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Re: 'someone' instead of 'one'

Yes to a) and c). b) and d) would require 'some / someone' to be replaced by 'one' or 'you' to sound natural. Also, 'without respecting' is understandable in the context it appears in, but it would be better style to write 'unless you respect' or 'unless one respects'. The 'you' version sounds frien...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma instead of 'and'
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: comma instead of 'and'

Tony's right.

4) is quite outlandish.