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by BonnieL
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Capitalization
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Capitalization

William Safire had a similar discussion about hell & heaven in "On Language." It's stuck in my memory for years because of the William Buckley quote - he said it should be uppercase because: "It's a place, like Scarsdale." Safire disagreed - he thought it depended on whether you meant the place - He...
by BonnieL
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Checking attendance
Replies: 5
Views: 848

Re: Checking attendance

We always said "here." Now that I'm an adult condemned to weekly conference calls, I answer "present" to make sure the supervisor hears me & my "here" doesn't get lost in random noise.
by BonnieL
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The current weather
Replies: 11
Views: 2499

Re: The current weather

That is a gorgeous picture. Snow makes everything exquisite, but it helps to have old buildings. :)
by BonnieL
Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The current weather
Replies: 11
Views: 2499

Re: The current weather

This is our first "brown" Christmas in 20 years. We have always had snow - usually starting in late November - but this year is an odd one. By now there should be a foot of snow. We have a wee bit of snow left over from an earlier dusting, but that's only because we live at 3000 feet. Down in the va...
by BonnieL
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The current weather
Replies: 11
Views: 2499

Re: The current weather

Right at 32 degrees F - which is 0 C - with a slight chance of snow. Are we Americans the only ones who are backward enough to still use Fahrenheit? :lol:

Tomorrow - Christmas day - is supposed to be the same but no chance of snow.

A blessed Christmas to you & all the Wizards!
by BonnieL
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Laundromat
Replies: 6
Views: 1812

Re: Laundromat

A place where you go and drop off your clothes (or call and have them picked up) to be cleaned is called a "laundry service". They take your dirty clothes and return them cleaned, pressed and folded. We have just one laundromat in our small town; besides the coin-operated machines they also offer l...
by BonnieL
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Problems understanding film and TV dialogue
Replies: 16
Views: 10405

Re: Problems understanding film and TV dialogue

We use subtitles whenever we can because as we get older, the audio is harder to understand. But it is often the actors - especially child actors. Adults can be as bad, even when they know better. We had no trouble understanding Eddie Redmayne in Les Misérables so were expecting the same performance...
by BonnieL
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Picking up
Replies: 3
Views: 3925

Re: Picking up

Might be related to pulling up stakes, i.e. palisades, tent stakes, or boundary markers.
by BonnieL
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 9
Views: 5379

Re: How old are you?

Another way of doing it without causing offence (especially if the context makes it seem relevant) is to ask how old they were in the year when the event being discussed took place, or even simply to ask what year they were born in. That way works with me. While I really don't mind anyone knowing h...
by BonnieL
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Still
Replies: 4
Views: 2367

Re: Still

They all look fine to me.
by BonnieL
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Squeeze in
Replies: 6
Views: 3884

Re: Squeeze in

I must be a "so-called grammarian" - "try and" sets my teeth on edge. :x
by BonnieL
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hearing
Replies: 4
Views: 3985

Re: Hearing

Both are fine. You could also say "He has trouble hearing", "He's hearing-impaired" or "He's deaf". A person who can hear nothing at all can be described as being profoundly deaf. Sometimes more detail is helpful, especially if the person you're talking with will be talking with the partially deaf ...
by BonnieL
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A salesclerk calls a customer "Hon"
Replies: 4
Views: 3807

Re: A salesclerk calls a customer "Hon"

I know it bothers some people, but I'm not one of them. I had a favorite clerk at the grocery who called everyone 'hon." She's not there anymore. She was always cheerful & I don't think I was the only customer who felt happier after interacting with her. :cry: The only thing I find offensive is to b...
by BonnieL
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: That's all you
Replies: 3
Views: 3391

I read the story at Not Always Right & I think it's a typo - either the OP or editors. I suspect the coworker said, "It's all yours!" Meaning she wasn't going to help with the return.
by BonnieL
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Describing someone as fat
Replies: 7
Views: 4313

Re: Describing someone as fat

We used to know someone who loved looking like Santa Claus. He had pure white hair & beard & didn't need padding. Sadly, he passed away last year.