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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hymeneal
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: hymeneal

I notice that the writers of the texts in the citations from 2011 and 2015 seem to be using the spelling hymeneal when they should be writing hymenal.

Neither of those should be confused with hymnal... :D
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The pub again
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: The pub again

You could get a clue from the fact that he's Mexican rather than Judean.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The pub again
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: The pub again

I called the same number just a few days ago.

Jesus is a real virtuoso with that leaf-blower.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lip symptom
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Lip symptom

Possibly also mouth ulcers or cold sores/herpes sores.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Quite so. Unfortunately, the mere infliction of death, destruction, hunger and societal misery has never been an obstacle to the consciences of the resource grabbers, the military, the "defence industry" (a weaselly euphemism for "profiteers of mechanized slaughter"), the thieves and hoarders of vit...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Making one's nut
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Making one's nut

In my perception, "making one's nut" is an expression that has not made it across the Atlantic to Britain — at least, it is a novel expression to me, and I consider myself to be reasonably well-acquainted with British idioms. I see an obvious problem with the wagon wheel nut theory, which is that it...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kilometers
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: Kilometers

I would amend #2 to read, "How many total kilometers have you driven your car?" That's more logical than "How many miles/kilometres has your car driven?" (because, as you say, it' s not the car that has been doing the driving), but in Britain at least, you'll come across that usage all the time. An...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kilometers
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: Kilometers

"How many miles has your car/bike done?"

"What's the reading on the clock?"

"How many miles are on this thing?"
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The pub.
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: The pub.

Shelley wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:03 pm
So, is sologamy even legal?
In most places it's not illegal (as far as I'm aware), but it has no legal standing. So no additional deductions are available to sologamists: if they were, I assume that the vast majority of single adults would be married to themselves.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The pub.
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: The pub.

That reminds me of the intriguing phenomenon of sologamy, (i.e. people marrying themselves) — see, for instance, this 2017 story in The Telegraph.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Similarly, see also Robert Scheer 's article The Great Con of American Patriotism, which centres on his interview with Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen. There you'll find both an audio file of the interview (34'58") and a transcript. Below, I've reproduced Scheer's description of the interview's con...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Today, the estimable American investigative reporter Chris Hedges published this salutary critique (which I have reproduced in full below) of Peter Jackson's film They Shall Not Grow Old: -------------------- When director-producer Peter Jackson ’s World War I film, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Metal flag
Replies: 2
Views: 256

Re: Metal flag

That's a flag pin.

Generically, it is a lapel pin.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and vs. or
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: and vs. or

Both sentences are grammatical.

Logically, people ought to say b), but often say a). However, because everyone who hears such an utterance intuitively understands that nobody has all those occupations at the same time, it's a case of a distinction that makes no difference.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 619

Re: Lingerie floor

I'd like to know more about why you ended up operating an elevator, Shelley. It sounds like there must be quite a story attached!