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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hear
Replies: 3
Views: 33

Re: Hear

The literal meaning is roughly "Yes, I've heard that".

In this context, it seems to me to have a rather sarcastic edge: something along the lines of "I've had enough of people telling me that," but with the thought expressed more indirectly.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like the ones you see in the movies
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Re: like the ones you see in the movies

Lose the commas and pluralize 'creature'.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for them all
Replies: 1
Views: 36

Re: for them all

You couldn't use any of those variants without risking being misunderstood.

To avoid any ambiguity, you'd have to say either

"I bought each of them two beers"

or

"I bought two beers for each of them".
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: before everybody
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: before everybody

a. I poured a cup of tea for her, before everybody else. could also mean a1. I poured a cup of tea for her before anybody else poured her one [with the implication "I poured her a cup of tea instead of anybody else doing so"]. ---------------- b. I bought a sandwich for her, before everybody else. c...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vegetables container
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: Vegetables container

Other terms:

Plant trough and garden trough.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Taxis
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Taxis

What Trolley said.

Otherwise, I'd call it a steel (or whatever metal it's made of) partition or grille, security partition or partition screen. Possibly also compartment divider.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: enemies/the enemies
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: enemies/the enemies

You would be unlikely to use the enemies successfully. You would be more likely to use the enemy which would change context to be more likely a military engagement. Good point. The singular form, 'the enemy', usually refers to an officially or overtly designated, impersonal enemy — as Tony correctl...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Beer
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Beer

Maybe the people who set up the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) wanted an acronym that sounded snappy.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chump change
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Chump change

You're very welcome, Bonnie. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chump change
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Chump change

It can be coins or bills/banknotes, or a mixture of both, or neither. The amount that qualifies as chump change varies according to the situation: for instance, in the context of the October 1, 2017—September 30, 2018 U.S. military budget of $824.6 billion, an expenditure of (say) $1.3 million could...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sea change
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Sea change

The etymologist Michael Quinion has covered this idiom , as follows: Q. From Dave Donnelly in Hawaii: The phrase sea change appears frequently in both books and newspapers, and the only definition I’ve been able to find for it is that it is a transformation. How did the phrase come about and why? A....
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Appetite
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Appetite

In this context, it doesn't necessarily mean that the speaker is no longer hungry (although it might mean that as well). It's an indirect way of saying that the atmosphere of the occasion has now become too unpleasant for her to stay in the room.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dating
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: Dating

The terms that immediately spring to my mind are toy boy (British) and boy toy (U.S.).
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one/it
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: one/it

Your question about 2a) cannot be answered without some context pertaining to the query sentence. They may or may not have nominated the album they want: it is impossible to tell from the sentence alone. We would need some related textual or conversational clues to be sure. If they have specified wh...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one/it
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: one/it

Because you used the term "a computer" rather than "the computer", neither of your query sentences specifies a particular computer. The sentences are thus interchangeable in terms of their meaning. Note that you cannot modify 1) with "the computer" without significantly changing the meaning: "They w...