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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Food ordinary
Replies: 1
Views: 26

Re: Food ordinary

The speaker has rather idiosyncratically elided some of the words that would normally form part of a description like this, rather as though they were speaking in bullet points: The place is expensive, the food is ordinary , but the place is wildly popular with locals. In other words, it's the spoke...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Peter Principle
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: The Peter Principle

Thanks, Ken, for a useful summary describing an all-too-common phenomenon. You might also like to take a look at this description of Parkinson's Law, which states that "work expands to fill the time available for its completion". The book of the same name in which its propounder, C Northcote Parkins...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Duke of Edinburgh
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: The Duke of Edinburgh

For some light relief:

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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Duke of Edinburgh
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: The Duke of Edinburgh

It seems that I'm not alone in finding the coverage excessive: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/apr/10/bbc-flooded-with-complaints-over-prince-philip-coverage The story in The Guardian summarises just how much of the BBC's regular programming was pulled from the airwaves in order to accommodat...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Duke of Edinburgh
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: The Duke of Edinburgh

The other wordings that I've heard being used to decorate or obfuscate Prince Philip's racism are "forthright" and "He spoke his mind". I've been trying all day to get away from the Duke of Edinburgh, but every damn BBC broadcast channel has been given over to picking over his life in exhausting det...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whoever
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: whoever

I can't see anything wrong with Phil's answer.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: emphasis
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: emphasis

Purely because of the apparent emphasis given to the temporal aspect in 2), I would tentatively link 1) with b) and 2) with a). But the context in which the utterance is embedded would be the chief guide to the intended meaning. As far as the emphasis is concerned, if the intention was to underscore...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: neither
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: neither

The pairing of "neither / nor" to describe phenomena in two or more negative terms is a familiar one, e.g. The government's decision is neither fair nor sensible. The president was neither sharp, nor well-informed, nor given to acting in good faith. However, either word can be used to introduce a fo...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Juice
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Juice

It's pretty common here in the UK... By which I mean that I've said it myself, especially when I was still using the phone I had before this one. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more a technician
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: more a technician

8 ) is the best (and most obviously appropriate) formulation. 7) is understandable, though the mismatch in grammatical number is an issue. 9) strikes me as an unnatural utterance. A native speaker would surely speak of "the {best / most competent (etc.)} technician" rather than "the most technician"...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more a technician
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: more a technician

Not in my book. I think it works perfectly well in formal usage. In fact, I think it is the most businesslike of the usages for comparisons of this kind. The ranking from formal to informal goes 1), 2), 3). The formulations that don't work are 4) and 5). In the absence of supporting context, both (a...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 659

Re: altogether

navi wrote: Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:43 pmWould 'altogether' mean 'on the whole' or 'entirely' in '2'?
It functions there as a general intensifier: I think trying to pin down a more precise meaning is a bit of futile exercise because achieving precision isn't the point here.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 668

Re: more of a comedy

Agreed. The use of "of" even in the singular strikes me as being rather an oddity, grammatically speaking.

But who am I to argue with the collective decision of the speakers of English? 😛
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 668

Re: more of a comedy

How would you pluralize 1) and 3)?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 668

Re: more of a comedy

To my mind, sentences 2) and 4) somewhat suggest that what the speaker found differed from what they had expected. They sound more conversational than 1) and 3), which I would expect to find primarily in writing, and whose slightly more formal tone I associate with factual descriptions more than opi...