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by Phil White
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: with

Frankly, the "with" sounds odd to me, with or without the comma. I would probably use "from": "He was limping from a sprained ankle". This always implies causality. The comma would merely make it parenthetical, as Erik says. I would use "with" in a sentence like "He was in hospital/at home/in bed wi...
by Phil White
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hanger
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

Re: Clothes hanger

Nice find, Tony.

Problem with all of the products is that they always seem to have an even number of pegs, and I always seem to have an odd number of socks...
by Phil White
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Incel and incel
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: Incel and incel

Don't get me started, Tony...
by Phil White
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hanger
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

Re: Clothes hanger

This one goes under the name of a "drying rack", but there is no specific name for them. "Hanger dryer", "portable hanging clothes dryer" are other names you will see.
by Phil White
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Incel and incel
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: Incel and incel

Thanks for that, Ken.

What an entirely ghastly development, of which I was entirely unaware.
by Phil White
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: present perfect vs. past tense
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: present perfect vs. past tense

As far as I understand it, if the present perfect is used in the US, it carries the same meaning as in the UK, but the simple past is often preferred where the present perfect is required in the UK. It is very striking with markers such as "yet", which force the use of the present perfect in the UK....
by Phil White
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: present perfect vs. past tense
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: present perfect vs. past tense

In the UK, version a would be asking how many girlfriends John has ever had. Sentence b only makes sense if the timeframe (before you got married) is explicit or implicit in the discourse. Sentence c works fine. I am aware of the fact that the usage of the present perfect and simple past is differen...
by Phil White
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: little money
Replies: 1
Views: 539

Re: little money

a2 and b2 are correct. a and b are wrong. a1 and b1 are acceptable, particularly in speech.
by Phil White
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pie-hole
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: pie-hole

I remember using "cake-hole" as a child. I suspect it is still used. It supports what Ken said, namely that "cake-hole" is UK and "pie-hole" is US.
by Phil White
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: people in Italy
Replies: 3
Views: 803

Re: people in Italy

It's an interesting one. There are a few different things going on. Firstly, engineers are a more restricted subset than "people", i.e. less of a generalization. Secondly, "work hard" is a very subjective term, whereas "well-paid" is far more quantifiable. Taking these two things together, the combi...
by Phil White
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pie-hole
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: pie-hole

And a welcome back from me as well!
Never heard "pie hole" before. I guess it may be US thing.
by Phil White
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: ambit
Replies: 1
Views: 832

Re: ambit

I still hear it occasionally, although I suspect that most people tend to use it with broadly the same meaning as "remit", with which it may well be being confused. Thinking about it, I suspect I have only heard it recently in the phrase "outside his ambit", where "remit" is quite probably more appr...
by Phil White
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pitted/pittered out?
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Re: pitted/pittered out?

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:27 pm
He almost certainly meant 'peter out'.
It's Gordon Ramsay, for fuck's sake. He meant they fucking died.
by Phil White
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hue and Cry
Replies: 2
Views: 1063

Re: Hue and Cry

That, Tony, is a subject of endless debate, and has always been so, among the developers of PhpBB. There are a few ways of doing it, but no easy ones.
by Phil White
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The ultimate condom
Replies: 0
Views: 1421

The ultimate condom

"No one has yet invented a condom that will knock people's socks off."

From an entertaining lecture by eminent linguist Stephen Pinker:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hozBzf3xU9U

The image of that condom refuses to leave my brain...