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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pitted/pittered out?
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: pitted/pittered out?

I believe that Gordon Ramsay is well known for his deficiency of civility.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Double Decker
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Double Decker

Bob's answer is better than mine.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In a jiffy
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: In a jiffy

Both sound fine to me.

Some alternative ways of expressing this idea are "I wish the traffic jam would [vanish instantly / just disappear / simply evaporate / just go away]".
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pitted/pittered out?
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: pitted/pittered out?

He almost certainly meant 'peter out'.

(See https://www.dictionary.com/browse/peter--out?r=66)
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Double Decker
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Double Decker

I'd call it a [roofless / topless] double-decker [sightseeing] bus.

(Include or exclude the adjectives in square brackets in accordance with how specific you want to make your description.)
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Don't bother
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Don't bother

Context almost always helps with statements of this kind, since — as Bonnie has pointed out — they are capable of being understood in more than one way. I would add that the sentences do not occupy the same register of formality. Specifically, 1) is moderately informal, while 2) is very informal. In...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequently
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: frequently

1) just sounds wrong. To write this sentence in as natural-sounding English as possible, I would render it "I frequently can't eat lunch at home". However, a native speaker would probably prefer to say something like "I'm often unable to eat lunch at home". I don't perceive any difference in the mea...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to repair your computer
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: to repair your computer

It's a shame you don't live a bit nearer to me, John. I could use your computer-fixing skills right now...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swings
Replies: 7
Views: 593

Re: Swings

I would call the swing in the top photo a canopy swing, covered swing or patio swing, and the one at the bottom a child swing, toddler swing, or (on the basis of its particular design features) bucket swing.

A porch swing is similar to a patio swing, except that it usually lacks a canopy.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Paper thing with a handle
Replies: 5
Views: 544

Re: Paper thing with a handle

The word protest, like metal or any number of other words, can function both as an adjective and as a noun. Protest can also be a verb. ( Metal can be a verb too, but mostly in rather specialized contexts connected with manufacturing and road-building.) Here, we have a case where 'banner' is the nou...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Paper thing with a handle
Replies: 5
Views: 544

Re: Paper thing with a handle

Bob's suggestions are probably also the most common terms for such an item. But it would not be wrong either to call it simply 'a hand-held sign'.

Note that you could also add the adjective 'protest' before all of these descriptors (a hand-held protest sign, a protest banner, etc.).
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: another man
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Re: another man

Yes.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sonogram
Replies: 8
Views: 834

Re: Sonogram

That's very amusing, Trolley. I haven't heard that one before. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sonogram
Replies: 8
Views: 834

Re: Sonogram

Otherwise, the format of 2) is better; a sonogram or ultrasound image cannot be a person, which 1) implies.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Missing wife
Replies: 0
Views: 446

Missing wife

Husband: My wife is missing. She went to rescue people from the flooding yesterday and hasn't come home. Sergeant at police ptation: What's her height? Husband: Gee, I'm not sure. A little over five feet tall. Sergeant: Weight? Husband: Don't know. Not slim, not really fat. Sergeant: Color of eyes? ...