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by BonnieL
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In a jiffy
Replies: 3
Views: 46

Re: In a jiffy

#2 doesn't sound right to me. But I'm afraid I can't explain why!
by BonnieL
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: below vs. under?
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: below vs. under?

When something is under something else, it is also below it, but the converse doesn't work. Is that correct? Not necessarily. I still remember reading a news article that described Ted Kennedy (at a party) as wearing nothing "under" his shirt. That confused me (since when is not wearing an undershi...
by BonnieL
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pitted/pittered out?
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: pitted/pittered out?

He was probably going for "petered" out. Perhaps he had misheard the word? But then, there is also "sputtered" out, like a candle.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
by BonnieL
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Don't bother
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Don't bother

#1 should be "doesn't," not "don't." Otherwise both are OK, but do you mean a difference in ages? Or that people very old or young can fall in love?
by BonnieL
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swings
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Swings

We have a bench swing that is 2 benches facing each other. Is there a special name for that?
by BonnieL
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swings
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Swings

I'd call the one in the bottom picture a baby swing, but there may be another name for it that I'm not aware of.
by BonnieL
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Assist a woman give birth
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Assist a woman give birth

Both doulas and midwives are trained. As far as I know, there is no word for an untrained person, such as husband, boyfriend, taxi driver, or passerby, who assists a woman giving birth.

I know an excellent midwife if you're in need of one. :D
by BonnieL
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cow and Ox
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Re: Cow and Ox

That would be a calf. They are called calves from birth to weaning, or up to about a year old. A female calf is also called a heifer.
by BonnieL
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Eulogy for lost friends
Replies: 8
Views: 1616

Re: Eulogy for lost friends

It's nice how books can come back home. Many (many!) years ago I picked up a copy of "Of Space and Time and Other Things" thinking it was science fiction. Once I realized it was science, I decided to read it anyway - I was in love with it by the end of the first page. Over the years the book went mi...
by BonnieL
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Outdoor area
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: Outdoor area

Or just deck.
by BonnieL
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Incense
Replies: 3
Views: 639

Re: Incense

I've never seen one like that. How well do they work?
by BonnieL
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 16788

Re: blind men on galloping horses

It's in French! But they put pictures with the ingredients so I should be able to figure it out. Thank you!
by BonnieL
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 16788

Re: blind men on galloping horses

They tried it and liked it. There was enough for another meal. Then in the night the farmer and his wife were woken by a noise. The three daughters were in the kitchen eating the rest of the rabbit stew - including the one who was vegetarian. The taste of well-cooked rabbit will convert anyone! :D ...
by BonnieL
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 16788

Re: blind men on galloping horses

Liver and onions I still have regularly. Boiled beef heart and tripe is more difficult as the ingredients are less available. I love liver & onions - always have. But found out it was because we ate rabbit liver, not beef liver. That's one of the main reasons I raise rabbits. :) I suppose calf live...
by BonnieL
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 1184

Re: Peachy

I agree with Trolley. Also I have never heard it used in the way Steven suggests. Steven's usage sounds as though it may associated with that black, rap culture (are we allowed to say "black"?) Also I have never heard "douche bag", it sounds like a shower/wash bag but I would have to look it up. ht...