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by Phil White
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dog whistler issue
Replies: 16
Views: 3863

Re: dog whistler issue

It's what I said in my original response. The term "dog whistle politics" is invariably used dismissively to refer to populist politics by people who believe they are above such things. If the term genuinely meant "a controversial, secondary message understood only by those who support the message",...
by Phil White
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hob
Replies: 15
Views: 2148

Re: Hob

Actually, the RNIB site (Royal National Institute for the Blind) sells voice controlled microwave ovens that also talks back to you. At between ten and twenty times the price of a simple one with two knobs. I dread to think what a proper oven and hob would cost! If I can light my own pipe without co...
by Phil White
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hob
Replies: 15
Views: 2148

Re: Hob

Then I thought that making it a touch-screen would be cool. Except it gets real hot. Bad idea. Serious point here. When I had my kitchen renovated a few years back, I wanted to fit an induction hob because, with my visual impairment, I am liable to touch things I shouldn't, and induction hobs do no...
by Phil White
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: numbnuts
Replies: 20
Views: 5203

Re: numbnuts

I was thinking of something a little more ... well ... "hands on" ... or perhaps "foot on". But I prefer not to dwell on it.
by Phil White
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hob
Replies: 15
Views: 2148

Re: Hob

As I said, in the UK, "on the hob" explicitly means "not in the oven". Cooking on the hob means cooking in a saucepan, stock pot or frying pan with direct heat from the bottom. Generally, I would only use "on the hob" in cases where it is possible to cook similar dishes either in the oven (e.g. cass...
by Phil White
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on three occasions
Replies: 2
Views: 831

Re: on three occasions

I think most native speakers would use "a mistake" in all cases if a single mistake on three occasions is meant.
by Phil White
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: numbnuts
Replies: 20
Views: 5203

Re: numbnuts

I dread to think how you deal with contraception in your family, trolley.
by Phil White
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hob
Replies: 15
Views: 2148

Re: Hob

Could be another UK thing. In most modern kitchens, you have two (fitted) appliances for cooking. The "oven" and the "hob". The oven is the enclosed space with a door in which you roast things, bake, make casseroles, etc. The other appliance is usually fitted on top of the oven and usually comprises...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: since I have lived in Boston
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: since I have lived in Boston

I seem to remember having this one before, but it was only mentioned in passing once before. For clarification as to UK usage: "Harry is in hospital" (he is ill and is receiving treatment as an in-patient - i.e. with at least one overnight stay) "Harry is at the hospital" (He is visiting somebody or...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: since I have lived in Boston
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: since I have lived in Boston

Thank you for the correction. "In hospital" is mandatory usage in the UK to express a stay in hospital as a patient.
by Phil White
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: since I have lived in Boston
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: since I have lived in Boston

Firstly, in a and b, you need to say "in hospital", not "in the hospital". a implies that you have left hospital and started sleeping better after you left hospital or while you were in hospital. If you intend to say that you started sleeping better after you left hospital, that is probably how you ...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: As Time Goes By
Replies: 5
Views: 2559

Re: As Time Goes By

Nice find, Tony.
by Phil White
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 3326

Re: Authoress

The old thread did remind me of a genuine occurrence about 25 or more years ago in Germany. In the brief time I was actually employed in a large translation department, one of my colleagues was a tiresome feminist. Not tiresome because she was a feminist, but because she had no other conversation wh...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Recent events in Norfolk
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: Recent events in Norfolk

Just get the Corgis to drive:
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by Phil White
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who saw
Replies: 12
Views: 1496

Re: anyone who saw

Now that set me thinking. Apples. Some people peel apples and throw away the peel. Do those of us who do not do so eat the skin or the peel? Is peel only peel if it has been peeled? This article from the Huff Post can't decide either: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/never-peel-apple_n_4791328 It uses...