Search found 7897 matches

by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rabble-rouser
Replies: 6
Views: 2692

Re: rabble-rouser

That interpretation would be more convincing if the Bible had originally been written in English. 8)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: has had vs. had
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: has had vs. had

Rufus Miles wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:31 am
However one could argue that if this were indeed the speaker's intention, then he/she ought to have used "have become"...
True for British English, but I think this kind of tense mixing is largely acceptable in most flavours of US English.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 438

Re: phone line breaking up

Bobinwales wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:52 pm
I would have said. "That bloke just cut me up!"
You would have left it at "bloke"???
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 438

Re: phone line breaking up

Why is it "cut off" when the most likely reason was an unplugging of the line (when switchboards had plugs) or someone putting down the keys on the telephone - the least likely - unless you were in a Hollywood cowboy film, a village in occupied France in the 1940s or sometimes in a storm - was the ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 438

Re: phone line breaking up

Most succinct = "You're breaking up" (i.e. the connection is deteriorating to the extent that your voice is getting so distorted that I can hardly make out what you're saying, and/or your voice is intermittemtly disappearing entirely"). Note that from the speaker's point of view, it's always the oth...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A negative affect
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: A negative affect

A typo, most likely, where the writer had intended to write 'effect'. Almost everyone makes them now and again (I certainly do). :) Actually, there is also a noun 'affect', a term used mostly by psychologists and psychotherapists that means 'mood' or 'state of mind'. Unlike with the verb 'affect', t...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 17
Views: 567

Re: Authoress

There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why certain occupations or roles have generated separate designations for males and females, and some have not. Ditto why some female designations are often regarded as derogatory or demeaning compared with the similar terms used for their male counterparts...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Barriers
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Barriers

Trolley's answer is on the money.

Here's a site that sells numerous different items of a similar nature to those barriers/barricades and therefore provides a lot of associated vocabulary if you should need it:

https://safefence.co.uk/crowd-and-traff ... riers.html
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Barriers
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Barriers

I don't know of any specific designation for barriers of this type. However, they can be described in literal terms as portable ( or lightweight) barbed-wire barriers. It amuses me that someone has inserted roses into one of the barriers in the top photo: attractive bearers of thorns juxtaposed with...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: box to store rare stones

Phil White wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:29 pm
[...] I think most people would actually say:
"Jack stole Tom's poster to put on his wall."

Somehow it seems to round the statement off better, although I am unsure as to why.
Because it ties the wall more closely to Jack as the agent and beneficiary of his theft of the poster.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: box to store rare stones

Neither 1) nor 2) would come naturally to a native speaker, regardless of the intended meaning. They would write: 1) First meaning: Jack stole the guitar that Tom uses for playing in small venues. Second meaning: Jack stole Tom's guitar {so that he could play / in order to be able to play} in small ...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The backside of the moon
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: The backside of the moon

The age-old post-1986 conundrum: should 'Uranus' be pronounced like 'urinous' or 'your anus'?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might win yet
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: might win yet

gdwdwrkr wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:41 pm
...and here we might add "so it is" or "once".
Could you please expand on that with a couple of examples?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Shoes

They are Velcro fastening straps. For more information about the hook-and-loop fastening system, see this rather interesting Wikipedia article, which includes the comment that "Shoe closures can resist a large force with only a small amount of hook-and-loop fasteners. This is because the strap is wr...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Old years eve
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Old years eve

Thanks, Trolley, for that reminder.

Here's the link:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=24747&p=88859