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by Phil White
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is this type of word called?
Replies: 8
Views: 1320

Re: What is this type of word called?

I can't think of anything specific for such words, although, as Tony has pointed out, some have perfectly plausible etymology, such as "pineapple". There are words that mean the opposite of what they mean (yes, this does make sense), and these are called "auto-antonyms" (such as "fast", which can me...
by Phil White
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Resources for learning English
Topic: Sites down or unavailable
Replies: 1
Views: 1888

Re: Sites down or unavailable

Thanks for that, Erik
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Motoring
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Re: Motoring

Audi Yadoo
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Football IS coming home
Replies: 0
Views: 700

Football IS coming home

... It just decided to travel by Southern Rail and may be delayed for a few years.
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the side
Replies: 6
Views: 985

Re: On the side

I have this dreadful vision of going into MacDonald's and being asked "do you want a side chick with that?"
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: crack any code
Replies: 5
Views: 874

Re: crack any code

Bob is right.
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in order not to see...
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Re: in order not to see...

Generally we would avoid constructions such as those.

In spoken English you will often hear "he went out so as not to see ..."

In written English, I would go for something like "to avoid seeing".
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not everyone
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: not everyone

1 is fine. Native speakers would understand it exactly the way you intend.
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes
Replies: 7
Views: 1003

Re: Clothes

Pyjamas (UK) Pajamas (US) (Tony: The image — https://cbu01.alicdn.com/img/ibank/2016/780/538/3652835087_720563842.400x400.jpg — was visible yesterday. It's very odd that today it isn't being displayed in the Wordwizard embedded format.) The image will only display if the site it is stored on is ava...
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is nobody
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Re: is nobody

The versions with negative pronouns seem to me to indicate even greater surprise, urgency or desperation than the negated versions, which are already similarly loaded compared with their positive counterparts. Is anybody in the house? (neutral) Isn't anybody in the house? (mild surprise) Is nobody i...
by Phil White
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Motoring
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Re: Motoring

That is truly painful, Bob!
by Phil White
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: don't remember most of them
Replies: 2
Views: 633

Re: don't remember most of them

The perceived ambiguity is only there in writing. If you stress "most", it is meaning 1. If you stress "don't", it is meaning 2. In writing, the ambiguity is only resolved by context. Having said that, meaning 2 only really arises in the context of someone having claimed that I would remember most o...
by Phil White
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: fribble and fricatrice
Replies: 3
Views: 758

Re: fribble and fricatrice

tony h wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:21 am
Oh you credit me with more imagination than I possess.
No, merely more than you imagine...
by Phil White
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not six feet
Replies: 7
Views: 1640

Re: not six feet

Hmmm, Here is one discussion: http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8426 The early part of the discussion covers a lot of ground. But, as all of our discussions in those days, it meandered off topic on the last couple of pages... And here is a comment from the original Wordwizard hims...
by Phil White
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not six feet
Replies: 7
Views: 1640

Re: not six feet

I am certain we have talked about exactly this subject before, but I can't find the thread. As far as I am concerned, if you use the singular for any unit of measurement, you can use it for all of them. I would not bat an eyelid at "five kilometre down the road" or "three quart of ale". Whether I wo...