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by russcable
Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mistakes
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: Mistakes

The first mistake is that you have written three paragraphs and referred to them as "the following paragraph." ;) "Already we have sent" seems more "really awkward" than "mistake" but "We have already sent" is much better. ... I would like that for you to come up with some good ideas. ... Also, I th...
by russcable
Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Opinion: Ian Dunt, 'Can Orwell explain Asbos'?
Replies: 3
Views: 1675

Re: Opinion: Ian Dunt, 'Can Orwell explain Asbos'?

It seems to me calling bad, er, un-good things by good names was what annoyed Orwell. Isn't this the opposite (criminal is plus-un-good-wise than anti-social)? Orwell would be annoyed if it were changed to "socializing behavior suggestions" (my attempt at a Newspeak), wouldn't he?
by russcable
Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:13 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Platypus
Replies: 12
Views: 2402

Re: Platypus

Ken Greenwald wrote:If life gives you platypus, you can always have platypusburgers!
I think I'll wait until it gives me two so I can have platy pie!
by russcable
Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Book recommenda Mikhail Bulgakov, 'The Master and Margarita'
Replies: 15
Views: 7725

Re: 'The Master and Margarita' by Mikhail Bulgakov

In addition to the physical problems of reading things online, you have very possibly just participated in the violation of the copyright of the translators and the original author as well. Congratulations. :)
by russcable
Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:25 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Didn't match the description
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Re: Didn't match the description

...and corruption. ... ... and had succeeded in gathering around him young Arabs from Khuzestan province," which has a large Arab minority I don't know any more of the story than that those three sentences, but he seems to have been doing more than being quietly crazy in the corner. He seems to hav...
by russcable
Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Didn't match the description
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Re: Didn't match the description

dante wrote:A guy was hanged for claiming to be God?
He didn't match the description of God obviously - beard didn't even remotely resemble God's or he couldn't offer any substantial proof of his identity or whatever.
I think I read this in a book somewhere.
by russcable
Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Right tomorrow
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: Right tomorrow

russcable wrote: In some places, ...
by russcable
Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Right tomorrow
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: Right tomorrow

She just could nod her head - usually she could shake her head really hard but today she could just nod. She could only nod her head - nodding her head was the only thing she could do. "speechless" is probably good by itself. "Speechless with happiness" sounds odd to me. She was so happy that she wa...
by russcable
Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is come to a peak
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: is come to a peak

Phil White wrote:Like Edwin and Erik, I am bothered by the unusual collocation "come to a peak".
It's not that unusual in reference to beating egg whites. :)
by russcable
Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shy (the verb) / shying at shadows
Replies: 17
Views: 3151

Re: shy (the verb) / shying at shadows

Why transitive? All the examples work quite well with the intransitive meaning "to start suddenly aside through fright or alarm."
by russcable
Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Secularisation of Christianity
Replies: 10
Views: 1994

Re: Secularisation of Christianity

We have a nationwide shoe chain that continously has a BOGO special, except it's buy one, get one half off.
I suppose it's not fitting.
by russcable
Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dorm's capacity
Replies: 9
Views: 2270

Re: Dorm's capacity

From the perspective of Amereican English: A: How many students can his university's dorm contain? B: Approximately 2000. The university has only one dorm (very odd) and it is enormous (very odd). A: What's his university's dorm ' s capacity? B: About 2000 students. I would assume this is a typo and...
by russcable
Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: ... than ... Can (Could) Hope to ....
Replies: 16
Views: 1716

Re: ... than ... Can (Could) Hope to ....

Having read the article, it seems that "treatments" is what is actually meant. Many of these trials will result in "valid treatments" (tumor size is reduced without killing the patient even though there may be no increase in actual lifetime or survival). Many of these treatments apply to more that o...
by russcable
Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:29 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Eve's story
Replies: 5
Views: 1601

Re: Eve's story

"Useless tit" sounds British to me. I was anticipating the punchline would use the word "boob".
by russcable
Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Noble and luxurious
Replies: 6
Views: 1147

Re: Noble and luxurious

Is this for a man or a woman? I think a man would prefer something simpler:
Those clothes look nice (on you).
You look nice (in those clothes).