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by Phil White
Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: one-handed literature
Replies: 7
Views: 1629

one-handed literature

Mr. T, I tracked down a couple of seemingly reliable sites which appear to support the idea that the phrase in one form or another originates from Rousseau: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/17015 http://www.vqronline.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/8991 http://www.oup.co.uk/pdf/0-19-925426-5.pdf The last su...
by Phil White
Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 17097

couples

"Their" in all cases. Certainly in the UK, this particular synesis has been perfectly acceptable in spoken English for many decades, probably even longer, and it has become pretty well fully accepted even in formal writing.
by Phil White
Sun Feb 06, 2005 11:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: analogy vs metaphor
Replies: 19
Views: 65801

analogy vs metaphor

... which is why I asked you. I'm glad you appear to understand the definition. ;-)
by Phil White
Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 17097

couples

Quite so. As I said, it sounded very strange to my ears, but I have to say that the entire sentence was lumpy, and I would probably have circumvented the problem ("during a snowfall of several inches").
by Phil White
Sat Feb 05, 2005 1:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 17097

couples

Hmm, must have been someone else. In principle, you're absolutely correct, but in all your examples, logical agreement and grammatical agreement are identical: "a pack ... is more expensive now", "several loads ... are required". In the sentence you cited, it is the snow that's doing the falling, no...
by Phil White
Fri Feb 04, 2005 9:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 17097

couples

Ken, Not sure about your grammatical quibble above. Were the inches falling or was the snow falling? Strictly grammatically, the inches were, but logically the snow was. I grant you it sounds very odd in that sentence though. Didn't we have a discussion about grammatical agreement and logical agreem...
by Phil White
Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: analogy vs metaphor
Replies: 19
Views: 65801

analogy vs metaphor

John, The fact that this has been posted for 24 hours without a reply suggests that none of us can think of anything really pithy to say to help you. I shall have a stab at it (and add the term "simile" for completeness). An analogy, a metaphor and a simile are all used to draw attention to similari...
by Phil White
Thu Feb 03, 2005 6:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 17097

couples

On the humourous side, I've always been fond of Arthur Daley's "'er indoors", but I shouldn't like to admit that in public.
by Phil White
Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 17097

couples

Despite many people's dislike of the term, "significant other" is actually used. significant other NOUN: 1. A person, such as a spouse or lover, with whom one shares a long-term sexual relationship. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. I personally still f...
by Phil White
Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 7529

mnemonics

The squaw/hippopotamus one is a mnemonic, being a device to assist memory. Many of the others aren't though.
by Phil White
Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 7529

mnemonics

Yes, Russ, it has to be something like that, although I seem to remember that it originally took half a maths lesson in the telling.
by Phil White
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4388

nondescript

WoZ, we also have Heinz dogs Upover.

I wonder which column this would have belonged in on the old site?
by Phil White
Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 7529

mnemonics

Quite so, WoZ; I want the story. It says a lot about the mnemonic that I can't remember half of it, but I can remember my trig and geometry without it.
by Phil White
Mon Jan 31, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 7529

mnemonics

I only remember the punchline (and that perhaps not accurately). If anyone can tell me the story that goes with it, I should be grateful:
"The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides."
by Phil White
Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: nondescript
Replies: 23
Views: 4388

nondescript

Any number meek enough as to be unprotestingly divided by two, or even more so by ten must take the biscuit. 20 has my vote, as the remainder after division in either case is also a bland and meek number. Numbers should have the strength of character to resist division, and hence rule, by other part...