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by Phil White
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: prepared to / willing to
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: prepared to / willing to

I had been waiting for a little more discussion before declaring my own position. The background to the question is a complaint from a customer about a translation done by a colleague of mine. One of the many changes made by the customer, who was not a native speaker, was "prepared" to "willing" in ...
by Phil White
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Bizarre photo
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Bizarre photo

Every month I translate a column about securing loads on trucks. Accident reports or reports from inspections and so on. Just before Christmas, they publish some of the more humorous and bizarre ones. I just got the Christmas specials from December to translate (yes, I know). The picture for this on...
by Phil White
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I won't not use no double negatives.
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: I won't not use no double negatives.

What puzzles me is what part does the "not" play as it seems that all the phrases would mean exactly the same thing without the "not". eg "not on my watch, you won't" is equivalent to "on my watch, you won't"! Nice spot, Tony. I got to the same place, which rather destroyed the argument I was going...
by Phil White
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: prepared to / willing to
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: prepared to / willing to

I don't think it matters all that much which word you choose. But I agree with Tony that 'prepared to' implies greater reluctance, or that more coercion would be needed, than 'willing to'. Try "prepared to die for one's country" vs "willing to die for one's country". Does the same reluctance argume...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: prepared to / willing to
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: prepared to / willing to

Thanks Tony. I shall remain silent until I have a few more opinions.
by Phil White
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: prepared to / willing to
Replies: 9
Views: 383

prepared to / willing to

I have a translation about a research study into the dangers associated with texting while driving. The study involved some drives in a simulator where the participants were expected to send and receive text messages while driving. Potential participants in the study were excluded if they simply wou...
by Phil White
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if you don't like any of them
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Re: if you don't like any of them

Yes, it is ambiguous. But as so often, the resolution lies in the pragmatics of the utterance, not in the syntax. If the context is an auction, where the photos are being sold as a single lot, there is no ambiguity. If it is known that the photos are available individually, there is no ambiguity. If...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just legs.
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: Just legs.

No apostrophe. Ever. The possessive pronouns never have an apostrophe (my/mine, your/yours, his/his, her/hers, its/(its), our/ours, their/theirs). Although the special form of the possessive pronoun "its" may theoretically exist, I can think of no context where I might use it: That's the dog's bone ...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: incomprehensible statistics
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: incomprehensible statistics

I feel left out. Nobody has ever tried to have an affair with me...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything he said
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: everything he said

Yes, there is a difference, but I read the nuance differently. Especially in the third sentence, the implication is that the person was believed without question (because of his reputation) and that the "verification" was a formal exercise. There is a note of criticism here, namely that the person h...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: until
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: until

Erik's suggestions are all fine. I would add that your sentence a) does not seem quite so ugly as the rest. I suspect that you may hear "until" used prepositionally in a spatial context on very rare occasions, but generally the prepositional use is restricted to temporal contexts (wait until five o'...
by Phil White
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: shambolic

Anybody nostalgic for those days can have a look at the Wayback machine:
https://web.archive.org/web/20031229112 ... /index.htm
by Phil White
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: shambolic

Just for general information: Ken referenced Erik's post from way back when. In fact, the post was from far wayer back when than 2004. The very earliest incarnation of the Wordwizard clubhouse did not timestamp any of the posts, although some members occasionally used to date their posts. When I con...
by Phil White
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Exercise device
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Exercise device

That's a "cross trainer".
by Phil White
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trees
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Trees

I would choose the most generic term, namely "creepers" or "climbers". Having said that, "creepers" also refers to plants that will spread across the ground and may or may not climb at all. (This behaviour is often indicated by the word "repens" in the botanical name.) I have a sense that there is a...