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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Duke of Edinburgh
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: The Duke of Edinburgh

For some light relief:

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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Duke of Edinburgh
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: The Duke of Edinburgh

It seems that I'm not alone in finding the coverage excessive: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/apr/10/bbc-flooded-with-complaints-over-prince-philip-coverage The story in The Guardian summarises just how much of the BBC's regular programming was pulled from the airwaves in order to accommodat...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Duke of Edinburgh
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: The Duke of Edinburgh

The other wordings that I've heard being used to decorate or obfuscate Prince Philip's racism are "forthright" and "He spoke his mind". I've been trying all day to get away from the Duke of Edinburgh, but every damn BBC broadcast channel has been given over to picking over his life in exhausting det...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whoever
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: whoever

I can't see anything wrong with Phil's answer.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: emphasis
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: emphasis

Purely because of the apparent emphasis given to the temporal aspect in 2), I would tentatively link 1) with b) and 2) with a). But the context in which the utterance is embedded would be the chief guide to the intended meaning. As far as the emphasis is concerned, if the intention was to underscore...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: neither
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: neither

The pairing of "neither / nor" to describe phenomena in two or more negative terms is a familiar one, e.g. The government's decision is neither fair nor sensible. The president was neither sharp, nor well-informed, nor given to acting in good faith. However, either word can be used to introduce a fo...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Juice
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: Juice

It's pretty common here in the UK... By which I mean that I've said it myself, especially when I was still using the phone I had before this one. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more a technician
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: more a technician

8 ) is the best (and most obviously appropriate) formulation. 7) is understandable, though the mismatch in grammatical number is an issue. 9) strikes me as an unnatural utterance. A native speaker would surely speak of "the {best / most competent (etc.)} technician" rather than "the most technician"...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more a technician
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: more a technician

Not in my book. I think it works perfectly well in formal usage. In fact, I think it is the most businesslike of the usages for comparisons of this kind. The ranking from formal to informal goes 1), 2), 3). The formulations that don't work are 4) and 5). In the absence of supporting context, both (a...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: altogether

navi wrote: Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:43 pmWould 'altogether' mean 'on the whole' or 'entirely' in '2'?
It functions there as a general intensifier: I think trying to pin down a more precise meaning is a bit of futile exercise because achieving precision isn't the point here.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Re: more of a comedy

Agreed. The use of "of" even in the singular strikes me as being rather an oddity, grammatically speaking.

But who am I to argue with the collective decision of the speakers of English? 😛
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Re: more of a comedy

How would you pluralize 1) and 3)?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more of a comedy
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Re: more of a comedy

To my mind, sentences 2) and 4) somewhat suggest that what the speaker found differed from what they had expected. They sound more conversational than 1) and 3), which I would expect to find primarily in writing, and whose slightly more formal tone I associate with factual descriptions more than opi...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which I didn't know
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: which I didn't know

I said things whose truth I didn't know.
I said things without knowing if they were true.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Alive alive o
Replies: 3
Views: 1351

Re: Alive alive o

Some people take a certain pleasure in being outraged or insufficiently amused. I'm happy to help such individuals get their jollies... Whatever it takes! 😁