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by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 591

Re: Clothes hangers

I wonder if you have missed the humour in that in the UK "pants" are undergarments. I would hang trousers on hangers. Slacks are a type of trouser worn by women. :) Nope - just didn't know if you used the word 'slacks' in the UK. Here slacks can be for men or women. Tho men's would be referred to a...
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 673

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

I recently found a shoebox of letters written by my father to his parents during WWII. In the box were also 2 letters from my great-uncle to my grandmother, written at the end of WW1. It shouldn't have surprised me that the letters sounded alike: death, cold, misery, bad food, hunger, more death. Th...
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: Lingerie floor

In order to save money during a brief stay in a vintage, down-at-heel Denver hotel, I ran the elevator for about $5 a day. It was one of those really old ones, with two doors I operated manually: the inner, an ornate metal-work accordion-like job; the outer, a two-piece sliding thing with a long le...
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 591

Re: Clothes hangers

Pants hangers usually have an extra bar along the bottom which the folded pants hang on, and there's a notch the bar tucks into that keeps the pants from slipping. It would never occur to me to hang pants on a hanger. As far as I am aware the common expectation is that they would be kept in drawers...
by BonnieL
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lots of cigarettes
Replies: 12
Views: 447

Re: Lots of cigarettes

A twenty a day man. We usually called ourselves, "pack-a-day" smokers, or (horrors!) "two- or three-packs-a-day." Cigarettes came twenty to a pack, so the result is the same. I was a pack-a-day smoker, off and on, until, thankfully, I quit for good -- almost twenty-five years ago. Congratulations! ...
by BonnieL
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: numbnuts
Replies: 20
Views: 5206

Re: numbnuts

Phil White wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:19 pm
I dread to think how you deal with contraception in your family, trolley.
Are you referring to Kurt Vonnegut's story? I think it was "Welcome to the Monkey House."
by BonnieL
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hob
Replies: 15
Views: 2154

Re: Hob

I don't have a fireplace, so if one of my old cookbooks said to cook something "on the hob," I would guess that slow cooking in the oven would be closer to what was meant than cooking on the stovetop. Hobs are mentioned in a lot of older books. If memory serves me right, it's usually hot water that'...
by BonnieL
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Don't want to see it past
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

Re: Don't want to see it past

Hey Steven - I read Not Always Right, too. The entries can be fun to read, but be careful about using them to learn English. The grammar, spelling, etc. are often atrocious.
by BonnieL
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 8
Views: 1538

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

British politics have become as crazy as American. My condolences.
by BonnieL
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Removing your hair
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

Re: Removing your hair

#2. The first sounds like removing the hair from the head.

Tho both are more polite than what I'd say!
by BonnieL
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a good tool to keep at home
Replies: 1
Views: 839

Re: a good tool to keep at home

a & b are the same - neither are good.

c - no

d - is fine

e - I'd prefer "at" - doesn't matter if he does it deliberately or not.
by BonnieL
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Why Americans spell the way they do :)
Replies: 3
Views: 728

Re: Why Americans spell the way they do :)

I always assumed that they were just too busy to waste time on letters that weren't really necessary. Living right upstairs, for the past 60 odd years, I'm pretty familiar with Amlish but I never noticed the missing "e" in axe. And here I thought it was just extra "u"s they had a problem with. They...
by BonnieL
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: look like Peter Pan
Replies: 6
Views: 1299

Re: look like Peter Pan

I suspect it was because slightly built women looked more boyish than mature men. I think now a slender young man would be cast in the role.
by BonnieL
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 3369

Re: Authoress

Our local weekly had a front page headline about an "authoress." Haven't seen that word since the last time I read Little Women. We know the young man who wrote that (husband was his Latin teacher), so I might say something the when I see him. Feminine endings on words are slowly going away - good r...
by BonnieL
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 1159

Re: so charmed

Ditto. It's also what inspired "Baby, It's Cold Outside." :D