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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: What do Americans mean by Pantomime
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Re: What do Americans mean by Pantomime

I'm pretty sure Red Skelton was referring to his mime sketches.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Newly poured
Replies: 7
Views: 52

Re: Newly poured

Phil White wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:38 pm
So, Shelley, the consensus of most folks is to use the hyphen in "freshly-poured concrete", but that is not the advice of most style guides, and you run the risk of incurring my wrath...
And that would definitely be a mistake.

:D
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Newly poured
Replies: 7
Views: 52

Re: Newly poured

He's certainly displaying inconsiderateness / antisocial behaviour / cluelessness / wilful destructiveness / stupidity, depending on the mix of his prevailing motivations and / or mental characteristics.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to say nothing of
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: to say nothing of

b.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Just learnt to drive
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Just learnt to drive

May I suggest (if you've now passed your driving test): "New driver. Please be patient!"

If you're still taking lessons: "Learner driver. Please be patient!"

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FYI: "I want to write something on a rather big piece of paper and stick it on the back of the car."
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the damage?
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: What's the damage?

I could see myself asking that question in any or all of those situations except in a high-end restaurant. And that's only because I'd be too cheap to eat there. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: have been seeing vs. have seen
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: have been seeing vs. have seen

Phil, thanks for correcting my slip.

I don't think the exception I noted is purely an Americanism. I've heard native British speakers use it too.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: have been seeing vs. have seen
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: have been seeing vs. have seen

Phil White wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:16 am
"I have been seeing that guy at the office" means, or at least can mean I have been dating him.

This only applies to the progressive forms.
There is an exception for the past perfect tense: "I saw that guy at the office for five years" also has the dating connotation.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Old habits
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Old habits

An old Yorkshireman is lying in his bed dying.

With a very weak voice, he asks:

"Is my wife here?"

— "Yes, I'm here".

"Are my children here?"

— "Yes, your children are all here".

"Are my grandchildren here?"

— "Yes, we're all here".

"Then why is the light in the kitchen still on?"
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Type of bed
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Type of bed

You could call it either a four-poster bed or (more in keeping with the plain style of this particular bed) a canopy bed.

However, the habitual occupants of this bed don't seem to have any plans to actually install a canopy.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Alternative arrangements
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Alternative arrangements

UK to EU: "So, guys, we've just voted to leave the EU." EU to UK: "That's very unfortunate... OK, what are your proposals?" UK to EU: "We don't have any, we're leaving." EU to UK: "Yes, but what about the Good Friday Agreement and the Northern Irish border?" UK to EU: "Eh?" EU to UK: "You signed an ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Quiver and Tremble
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Quiver and Tremble

Both wordings are equally good.

On a note of correction, your sentence should start "Looking down {on / onto / at} the bridge..."
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: poison of lies
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: poison of lies

You haven't provided any kind of context that would enable an accurate answer to be given.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Surprise a bacteria
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: Surprise a bacteria

The joke seems to depend on the patient's twin assumptions that the bacterium** is expecting to encounter the medication at 9 p.m. (and may therefore be ready to defend itself at that time), but that it will be vulnerable to an unexpectedly early administration of the drug. -------------- ** Bacteri...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Polite ways to decline
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Polite ways to decline

Any absurd or semi-absurd answer would do, provided it seems to call your sanity or good judgement into question. For instance:

"I'm sorry, I'm not Australian".

"I'm afraid not. My toenail is very sharp today".

"I can't. I'm still waiting for my soup".

"No. I have animals".