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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ice
Replies: 4
Views: 51

Re: Ice

There's also quite an informative Wikipedia article about the various forms of shaved ice and the various designations for them around the world.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and I haven't
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: and I haven't

Yes. Sentence b) sounds more informal, and would be more likely to occur in speech (as in your variant) than on the page.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rice thing
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Rice thing

I would call that a sickle or billhook.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Eggs
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Eggs

Arriving shortly after lunchtime in a small town where he was due to give a lecture that evening, Mark Twain went looking for something to do for the rest of the afternoon. When he asked at the general store for suggestions, the shopkeeper replied, "No, there ain't much happenin' here this afternoon...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Book
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: Book

When the book includes a integral {fabric / ribbon} bookmark, the inclusion can also be described as a bound bookmark, because like the book's pages it has been bound into the book.

Bookmarks are also sometimes known as bookmarkers, which is an older term for them.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shade
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Shade

2) is better.

The wording of 1) ("Let's stay in the shade") implies that you and your friend are already in the shade of the tree.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 'someone' instead of 'one'
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Re: 'someone' instead of 'one'

Yes to a) and c). b) and d) would require 'some / someone' to be replaced by 'one' or 'you' to sound natural. Also, 'without respecting' is understandable in the context it appears in, but it would be better style to write 'unless you respect' or 'unless one respects'. The 'you' version sounds frien...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma instead of 'and'
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: comma instead of 'and'

Tony's right.

4) is quite outlandish.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"
Replies: 11
Views: 590

Re: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"

tony h wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:56 pm
I think I am being affected by a big yellow ball in the sky.
:)
Not as much as the person who wrote this news article:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 70661.html
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words from foreign languages in use in English / Nolo episcopari
Replies: 7
Views: 2117

Re: Words from foreign languages in use in English / Nolo episcopari

Yes. Both of Bush 43's successors (and also the people they defeated). :cry:
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"
Replies: 11
Views: 590

Re: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"

My hypothesis is that we (British) omit the article when going to a place for the purposes of being on the receiving end of the verb-form for that place. So: - hospital, hospitalised - gaol, gaoled - school, schooled vs - college (no colleged) - office (no officed) I don't think being on the receiv...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"
Replies: 11
Views: 590

Re: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"

Let's first get the most straightforward instances out of the way. The following are all consistent and hence unproblematic: You go to the (particular) school / jail / office to do a one-off activity of some kind (or at least, there is no open-ended arrangement regarding how often you go there). You...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 28, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: much less
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: much less

But as regards sentence '1', I seem hopelessly lost. I think I have a blind spot or something. To me, in that sentence 'much less' has to be replaced with 'more so'. 1) "The sides of River Up are too wooded for stands, much less visitors." 1a) The sides of River Up are too wooded for stands, more s...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 25, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gaslighting
Replies: 2
Views: 652

Re: gaslighting

Thank you, Ken.

My thoughts regarding Trump and... well, American society in general (with the honourable exception of yourself and other US-based fellow-Wordwizards, of course!) are not fit to be expressed in polite company, so I'll keep them to myself in this forum.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 25, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Grammer Nazi
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: Grammer Nazi

The comments under the Grammer Nazi clip are even Grammer Nazier than than the clip. :lol: