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by BonnieL
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A rural area
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: A rural area

Hick, bumpkin, hillbilly, redneck, yokel, hayseed, sod-buster. Be careful using these terms, Steve. They are all derogatory (to varying degrees) and imply that the person is poorly educated, unsophisticated or lacking in social graces. I'm struggling to come up with a term that is not an insult. Th...
by BonnieL
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Corrupt good manners
Replies: 6
Views: 3059

Re: Corrupt good manners

It's also in the Bible: "Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”" I Corinthians 15:33
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Where should 'only' go?
Replies: 7
Views: 4046

Where should 'only' go?

This is something I see often & it bugs me. But since I do see it often, I'm thinking the writers must be right & I'm wrong. Recent example: "Their mechanism only allows one possible course of action." I want to read it as: "Their mechanism allows only one possible course of action." If I'm wrong, c...
by BonnieL
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bad memory
Replies: 6
Views: 3300

Re: Bad memory

I had an aunt who used to say I was away with the fairies - I hated that. But I was a day-dreaming child.

Did a google search & found "memory like a sieve." Now why didn't I remember that! :lol:
by BonnieL
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Torn pork
Replies: 3
Views: 1966

Re: Torn pork

I've never heard of that. I'm definitely going to be looking for it! Thanks, Steven, for expanding my culinary horizons. :D
by BonnieL
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'm still alive
Replies: 8
Views: 3938

Re: I'm still alive

I have friends who say that - jokingly - but they haven't just recovered from an illness. We're all old, so I suppose that's our excuse. My dad used to say he had one foot in the grave & the other on a banana peel. Then one day the banana peel slipped - which he would have said had he still been aro...
by BonnieL
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bijou / bijou strongman
Replies: 5
Views: 4469

Re: bijou / bijou strongman

I had thought that bijou had something to do with theatre. Is it because theatres named "Bijou" are small?
by BonnieL
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bananas expensive
Replies: 4
Views: 4218

Re: Bananas expensive

"Not bananas" was a crossword clue today - the answer was "sane." :D
by BonnieL
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Addicted to exercising
Replies: 8
Views: 3780

Re: Addicted to exercising

It would depend on the person & the situation. A very good friend? Maybe. Anyone else? Not where they can hear you.
by BonnieL
Mon May 27, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An eatery that cheats a customer
Replies: 5
Views: 4423

Re: An eatery that cheats a customer

Gouging. But that's such an over-the-top amount no one in their right mind would pay it.
by BonnieL
Wed May 22, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 7
Views: 6191

Re: Gee Gee

Having been around way too many toddlers in my life, I'm familiar with bow wow, moo cow & the like, but I've never heard gee gee. Horses are just horsies.
by BonnieL
Wed May 01, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To be taken to a hospital by a plane
Replies: 3
Views: 3211

Re: To be taken to a hospital by a plane

Usually airlifted, but sometimes "medevaced" - for medical evacuation.
by BonnieL
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish
Replies: 3
Views: 3817

Re: American English versus British English terms for trash / garbage / rubbish

Ken Greenwald wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:50 pm
You have USA: trash truck

I have never heard the expression 'trash truck' used. I've always heard and used 'garbage truck.'
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Ken - April 25, 2019
Same here.
by BonnieL
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 8787

Re: happy ones

Could the "happy ones" be the same as the "blessed ones"? For Catholics (& I suppose many others), it could refer to those who have died & are now in paradise.
by BonnieL
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 8787

Re: happy ones

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:09 am
I can't be bothered to try to parse word-salad lyrics. I tend to assume that whoever wrote them was either high, having a psychotic breakdown, or a Google Translate victim.
I had cause to look up the lyrics for I Am the Walrus the other day - definitely high.