Search found 7766 matches

by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: High-rise building activity
Replies: 1
Views: 11

Re: High-rise building activity

The details of what's going on in that photo are a bit tricky to make out, but I think the people in it are about to descend the face of the building on ropes — a sport or climbing-related technique that goes both by its German-derived name, Abseiling (the usual term for it in the UK), and its Frenc...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It could be lonely
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: It could be lonely

Nice one! :lol:

If you were prepared to wait a few years, that might still solve the original problem.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: On words and meaning
Replies: 6
Views: 119

Re: On words and meaning

Thanks, Tony.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: On words and meaning
Replies: 6
Views: 119

Re: On words and meaning

Tony, what do you mean by 'between cuffs': "The differences between England and America between cuffs, ...." ?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Close
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Close

I think they both sound fine.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Photographic memory
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Photographic memory

A photographic memory can also be referred to as an eidetic memory. However, according to the Online Etymological Dictionary , the word 'eidetic' was coined in 1924, almost a century after photography was invented: eidetic (adj.) "pertaining to the faculty of projecting images," 1924, from German ei...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: That's how I've always done it
Replies: 0
Views: 61

That's how I've always done it

A pair of newlyweds set up home together. Before long, the husband noticed that whenever his bride took meat from out of the freezer to thaw, she’d put it on a plate in the sink, then cover it with the dishrack. He kept asking what the reason for the rack was, but all he could get out of his wife wa...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the side
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: On the side

Phil White wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:39 pm
I have this dreadful vision of going into MacDonald's and being asked "do you want a side chick with that?"
To which I assume you would wittily reply "Maybe, once I get a sidecar for my motorbike".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: crack any code
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: crack any code

Phil is right.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A low bar
Replies: 1
Views: 101

A low bar

A sexual predator, a con artist and a fascist walk into a bar.

The bartender asks, "What'll it be, Mr President?"
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 424

Re: umami

I feel it should be pointed out that qualifying the adjective 'true' with 'very' adds nothing to its meaning.

:D
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes
Replies: 7
Views: 208

Re: Clothes

Pyjamas (UK)
Pajamas (US)

(Tony: The image — https://cbu01.alicdn.com/img/ibank/2016 ... 00x400.jpg — was visible yesterday. It's very odd that today it isn't being displayed in the Wordwizard embedded format.)
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Malaphor?
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: Malaphor?

Don't worry, Bob. You're safe so long as you just keep referring to her as 'she' or 'her'. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 424

Re: unami

UNAMI refers to the Algonquian people or their language.

UMAMI refers to the taste category.

There is no overlap of meaning.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crescent-shape area
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Crescent-shape area

I would describe both the fireplace and the surrounding seating area as a firepit.