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by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 01, 2022 4:45 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Closure of the Wordwizard site
Replies: 30
Views: 40443

Re: Closure of the Wordwizard site

You're very welcome, Steven. It seems to me that your command of the nuances of English has improved greatly over the years that you have been posting your questions here. Of course, those of us who have responded to them just gave you a few nudges now and again – you yourself have done by far the m...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 29, 2022 4:39 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Closure of the Wordwizard site
Replies: 30
Views: 40443

Re: Closure of the Wordwizard site

I can only state my own sorrow at the impending demise of the Wordwizard site. I have spent countless (usually) enjoyable hours since 1997 reading other people's postings here and adding quite a few of my own, including a large number of jokes that I found elsewhere on the Web and often rewrote for ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 19, 2022 4:34 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Three wishes
Replies: 0
Views: 820

Three wishes

A Russian, an American and a Frenchman were on a desert island, training for the International Space Station. While jogging together on the beach, they spied an Arabian lamp poking out of the sand. As a joke, the American rubbed it, and — quite naturally — a genie appeared. The genie said, “As there...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 15, 2022 5:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a lot
Replies: 1
Views: 1334

Re: a lot

If you said you had squeezed the toothpaste tube a lot, I would take that to mean that you had forced as much of it out as you could by squeezing the tube very thoroughly.

I concur with your interpretation of "beaten up a lot".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 14, 2022 3:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a mistaken man
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Re: a mistaken man

"Very" is more flexible than "much" in descriptions, because it can qualify adjectives. They are very clever. *They are much clever. However, both "very" and "much" work with some verbs: He was very surprised by her question. He was much surprised by her question. But: She much appreciated his respo...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 14, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a mistaken man
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Re: a mistaken man

They are all correct, grammatically speaking.

However, I don't think a native speaker would ever utter 4), 5) or 6).
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 14, 2022 2:18 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Dead wrong
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Dead wrong

A bloke in the pub told me he was a funeral director, and that he was now in trouble with the police. He’s been charged with living off immortal urnings.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 10, 2022 7:19 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Christmas Carol
Replies: 0
Views: 793

A Christmas Carol

A bloke in the pub asked me if I’d ever read A Christmas Carol . He said it was the story of a hard-hearted capitalist banker who learns to treat his employees decently and thereby reclaim his humanity. I told him it was clearly different to the story I know that shares the same title, which is the ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 09, 2022 10:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Recorder
Replies: 3
Views: 1221

Re: Recorder

When I was about six, everyone in my class was told they were expected to buy a recorder for music lessons. I remember my class teacher, who organised the purchase, saying they cost nineteen shillings and sixpence. In those days, that was a small fortune for my parents to have to afford. Our recorde...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 06, 2022 8:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: repetitively vs repeatedly
Replies: 1
Views: 920

Re: repetitively vs repeatedly

Maybe the speaker meant something slightly different... the other guy was saying "wasn't me, wasn't me, wasn't me" until it became annoying? That's how it comes across in terms of the logic of the words. But the context would influence my perception of the intended meaning: for instance, if I'd not...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 05, 2022 2:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: did with
Replies: 1
Views: 990

Re: did with

For b) to be correct, the verb "remove" would need to be associated with the same preposition as "do/did", e.g. "play (with)" or “mess about (with)", in order to be congruent with "did with". I have no problem with a), which exactly matches how I would express the idea. As you say, c) is a bit awkwa...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 05, 2022 2:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happening only
Replies: 1
Views: 933

Re: happening only

I prefer b), but the construction in a) is also standard. I can discern no difference in meaning.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 05, 2022 2:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Memento
Replies: 5
Views: 1857

Re: Memento

As far as I can see, my understanding of "memento" somewhat differs from yours, Tony. Dictionary.com offers the following definitions: 1) an object or item that serves to remind one of a person, past event, etc.; keepsake; souvenir. 2) anything serving as a reminder or warning. 3) Roman Catholic Chu...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 03, 2022 1:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: spare or save
Replies: 4
Views: 1729

Re: spare or save

trolley wrote: Sat Apr 02, 2022 11:27 pm I'd much rather have one of you guys spare me 200 dollars than spare myself 200 dollars.
Trolley illustrates another usage of "spare", roughly meaning "give" ("spare me 200 dollars") when used reflexively in relation to a third party.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 02, 2022 5:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sail vs drive
Replies: 1
Views: 1413

Re: Sail vs drive

I can only surmise that "a sail around the coast road" is a regionalism: it isn't a usage I had come across before your posting. I wonder whether the expression "sail off down the road" (which I am familiar with and have used myself) may have been influenced by the similar-sounding "sally", as it is...