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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 21, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: how responsible
Replies: 1
Views: 26

Re: how responsible

All the versions with "much" seem as natural to me as those without. The difference is that the extra emphasis given to equivalence in these versions has the paradoxical rhetorical effect of emphasising the importance of the role of the grammatical subject of these sentences (whether that role is po...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: High-tech
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: High-tech

It rather depends on what you consider to be "high-tech", Steven. For a translator/copy editor like me, the chief tool of the trade is a computer and the necessary software for performing a broad range of associated tasks. That's a commonplace set-up in a whole lot of occupations these days, but whe...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sink, line and hooker
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Re: Sink, line and hooker

Thanks, Tony. I'm glad you enjoy these postings. 😛 Phil and I did discuss the feasibility of implementing a “like" button some while ago, but we came to the conclusion that the technical challenges were too great when set against the prospective benefit. The next best non-verbal equivalent to a “lik...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sink, line and hooker
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Sink, line and hooker

A retired sailor met a retired pirate in a bar, where they fell to telling each other about their maritime adventures. After the sailor had recounted some of his own, it was the turn of the pirate to answer a few questions from the sailor: - So tell me, how did you get that wooden leg? - Oh, this wa...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Sink, line and hooker
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Sink, line and hooker

A sailor met a pirate in a bar and they decided to tell each other about their maritime adventures. After the sailor had told the pirate about all of his own adventures, it was the turn of the pirate to talk: - Hey, now tell me, how did you get that wooden leg? - Oh, this was during our first battle...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Yard - a challenge for (most of?) modern men
Replies: 1
Views: 95

Re: Yard - a challenge for (most of?) modern men

I assume your Geordie friend was just wishfully speculating, because you haven't said anything about what facts she was drawing on to back up her notion. The crux of the issue is whether a strong line of evidence — and preferably more than one — exists to support her contention. Without that, her th...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: all of whose
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: all of whose

"A triangle whose all sides are equal".

No.

"A triangle whose sides are all equal", or

"A triangle all of whose sides are equal"; or, most simply,

"A triangle with equal sides".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 16, 2021 4:29 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The whole truth
Replies: 0
Views: 91

The whole truth

At school, the classmate of ten-year-old Johnny tells him that most adults are hiding at least one dark secret, so it’s very easy to blackmail them by saying, "I know the whole truth." Johnny decides to go home and try it out. At home he informs his mother, "Mom, I know the whole truth." His mother ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crummy
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Crummy

This is undoubtedly a situation that is liable to attract countless candidates, partly because there are so many adjectives that would fit it, and partly because having a shitty internet connection is apt to provoke strong feelings in those who are relying on a connection to the internet for some pu...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: You got me
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: You got me

They're both OK.

"You got me" can also be used to suggest that the speaker is acknowledging having been fooled by a trick question (or sometimes a prank).
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Skip rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Skip rocks

I also know this pastime as "ducks and drakes". See this World Wide Words article for more information.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Fun at the farm
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Fun at the farm

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by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Good for the soul
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Good for the soul

For that to happen to me, I'd have to belong to it in the first place. Another prerequisite would be that the Labour Party would need to have an identifiable policy programme that amounts to something more substantial than being the "We're not the party of Boris" party. It seems to be having some tr...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Out of the firing pan
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Out of the firing pan

It's 1937 in Soviet Russia, the height of the Great Purge. In one of the gulags, a firing squad is about to execute the first political prisoner of the day. The officer shouts “Ready… Aim…”, and is about to give the order "Fire!" when the prisoner yells out, “Fuck Stalin!” Everything stops. The capt...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shadow puppets
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: Shadow puppets

When my two brothers and I were quite small we shared a bedroom. I do remember us entertaining each other by creating shadow animals on the walls. We did this by contorting our hands into various configurations next to one of the bedside lamps.