Search found 7456 matches

by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: a plan to

2) implies that it is the father, not the son, who has put together (and/or has physical custody of) the plan regarding the son going to college.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: good to drive
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: good to drive

The difference between a) and b) is that a) implies that riding this motorbike on sand is enjoyable, whereas b) implies that the motorbike is well suited for riding on sand. f) seems to imply that the speaker is having trouble thinking of an activity that the person they are addressing might be good...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pants
Replies: 5
Views: 58

Re: Pants

These flared trousers/pants were known as 'bell-bottoms' back in the 1970s, when I was a teenager in England. Also simply known as 'flares'.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Rooster sanctuary
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Rooster sanctuary

Every time Batman's car breaks down, he gets his cape on to pull it. Even though it's just a coupe the car is heavy, so he needs to pull hard. It's game hen!
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Negative
Replies: 5
Views: 37

Re: Negative

It's an emphatic colloquial expression that I have heard many times in the USA.

It's not my perception that it is mostly being said to children. Rather the contrary -- the word 'negative' is an abstract term that I'd guess is unlikely to be spoken to young children in particular.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 16
Views: 270

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

I was finding it impossible to sign in to the Clubhouse on my smartphone, even after using the Clubhouse's command to delete all the site cookies and also switching off and on the option to save cookies in my Opera Mini browser. However, I found an effective workaround for the problem, which was to ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sad news
Replies: 2
Views: 1404

Re: Sad news

It's no wonder, then, that they're so sheepish.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The hottest places in hell . . .
Replies: 26
Views: 7302

Re: The hottest places in hell . . .

Today I ran across this article by Quote Investigator which attempts to track down where the quotation (if it actually was one) ultimately comes from.

The answer should come as no surprise.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Domestic engineer
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: Domestic engineer

This is a facetious way of saying 'housewife', 'house husband' or 'stay-at-home parent' which also dignifies them with a more impressive-sounding title (think 'sanitation engineer' vs. 'sewage worker'). The earliest entry in Urbandictionary.com dates from 2006.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to own somebody
Replies: 13
Views: 945

Re: to own somebody

Urbandictionary's 'top definition' for the term pwned states: A corruption of the word "Owned." This originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled "owned." When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so "has been owned." Instead, it said, so-and-so...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nugget
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Nugget

In this context, it's an affectionate application of 2).
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Under a rock
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Under a rock

Your surmise is correct.

To me, the 'living under a rock' description suggests not only being disconnected from common knowledge or prevailing culture, but (like the kinds of animals that sometimes live under rocks) being in a less fully evolved or developed condition.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Green notes
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: Green notes

Tony, thanks for the clarification. ☺
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Green notes
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: Green notes

It's certainly possible that the author was thinking in terms of American dollar bills, all denominations of which are all predominantly green. A native-born American citizen would be rather unlikely to speak of 'notes' when talking about their own country's currency (= 'X dollar bills', where X sta...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Green notes
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: Green notes

I suspect that 'green notes' is being used to mean simply 'money'. The author who ejected this repulsively materialistic and superficial (not to say superfluous) article , which dates from 2011, is an Indian woman . At that time, the 500-rupee note was green. Ideally, we would have confirmation from...