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by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 21, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pregnant belly
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Pregnant belly

On a different point entirely, the comment "you'd think I were Betty Draper" doesn't sound natural. It ought to be "you'd think I was Betty Draper". (For anyone who's wondering who that is, she was the uptight but somewhat neglected wife of the advertising exec Don Draper in the HBO series Mad Men. )
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 20, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: Gee Gee

My guide: "What did you just call them?" Me: "Ah, yes, well ... That's what my dog, Sheba calls them ..." I wonder whether the guide also asked what Sheba calls cows and lambs. ----- This question came up once before on Wordwizard (see http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3249). Of ...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 17, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A downer
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: A downer

Yes. "I don't want to spoil your [good] mood / upset your expectations" is the basic idea here.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 08, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Gossip

I remember also coming across this form of address in a 19th-century novel when I was a kid (I'm afraid I no longer recall what the novel was), but I did not understand it then and have only been reminded about it just now. The American Heritage Dictionary lists the following definitions: 1. Rumor o...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 04, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to teach to swim
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: to teach to swim

Only 1) and 3) work for me, and of those two, 3) sounds very stilted.

In practice, most people would simplify it to "I have a student to teach swimming."

Or they would just go for 1) or A).
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 04, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sleeping style
Replies: 8
Views: 491

Re: Sleeping style

"He's in bed, [curled up] in the f(o)etal position".
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 04, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sleeping style
Replies: 8
Views: 491

Re: Sleeping style

Stevenloan wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 3:53 pm
In the picture the man has the sleeping style like that because it's cold.
I can think of more effective ways of keeping warm. Some of them even involve blankets or other coverings. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 02, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Talking in the abstract.
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: Talking in the abstract.

According to this source , the context was as follows: "Then, challenged by Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Chair Sir Bernard Jenkin as to whether she would contemplate leaving the EU of her own choice without a Withdrawal Agreement, she used the following formulation of w...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: legitimate (the verb)
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: legitimate (the verb)

Note: I’m surprised that no dictionaries I checked ever mentioned “legitimatize” as a synonym. Also, it seems like there is overlap between definitions 1 and 3. There does exist the verb legitimize, which I think is the most commonly-used verb that carries the meanings of 'to legitimate'. I agree w...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The bill will be a lot easier
Replies: 3
Views: 474

Re: The bill will be a lot easier

I take it to mean "the bill will be much more affordable [will be a lot easier] for me [on this poor soul]".
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Expendable
Replies: 2
Views: 380

Re: Expendable

In this context, Schwarzenegger appears to mean that it would be acceptable for the people in the elevator to be sacrificed (by being attacked) if they were characters in an action movie.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: remove (the noun)
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: remove (the noun)

Thanks to you both for that very useful and interesting info. Finally I have a clear idea of what the terminology means! However, I am puzzling over the fact that not all the cousins in column 4 from the left are labelled as second cousins (some in the generations above "YOU" are described as first ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish

I will add any extra items based on feedback received and display them in purple. Thanks for your contributions. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish
Replies: 3
Views: 469

American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish

This posting first appeared as a comment in the topic nondescriptly titled 'frequency'. I decided it would be appropriate to make it a topic in its own right. ------------- There are some significant usage differences between USA and UK English regarding domestic waste and its routine disposal. Note...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequency
Replies: 4
Views: 818

American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish

Yes, there are some significant usage differences between USA and UK English regarding domestic waste and its routine disposal. Note that in some cases these are tendencies rather than absolute differences. USA: garbage, trash. "Garbage" tends to be used for wet, organic or messy waste like kitchen ...