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by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: good to drive
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: good to drive

Yes Yes No No Yes Possibly a and b do not seem to me to mean quite the same thing. b seems to suggest that the motorcycle is specialized for riding on sand. a does not suggest this to the same extent. But it is very subtle. c and d: Neither construction works in this context. We might say "good at ...
by Phil White
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pants
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Pants

For what it's worth, my take on it is that "bell bottoms" was the earlier term and was very much associated with the hippie movement of the latter half of the sixties. Bell bottoms in those days were often made by inserting a triangle of material from the knee to the hem, often in contrasting materi...
by Phil White
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used on cars' glasses
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Re: Thing used on cars' glasses

Hi Steven,

In cars, we talk about the "windows" and at the front, we would usually say "windscreen" (UK) or "windshield" (US). If you are talking about all of them, they are "windows".

I would call those things "car window sun shades". There may be other terms around for them, though.
by Phil White
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: RSS reeds
Replies: 0
Views: 310

RSS reeds

The new board has a number of RSS feeds enabled: Active Topics, New Topics and Wordwizard (whole board) in addition to feeds for each forum. RSS feeds provide a quick way of seeing whether there is anything new on a site from within your browser. A feed will be saved in your browser rather like a bo...
by Phil White
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Rooster sanctuary
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Rooster sanctuary

I am very fond of animals. Like most people, I tend to prefer the mammals, but I am also fascinated by creepy crawlies and, to a certain extent, reptiles and so on. For some reason, birds, and poultry in particular, tend to leave me cold. But as I get older, I am increasingly loth to eat them. But a...
by Phil White
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 16
Views: 988

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

Hi WoZ, Good to see you! I shall see whether I can invert the screen for you. It may take some time... As far as the avatar is concerned, it needs to be at least 50 x 50 px and not more than 80 x 80 px and must not exceed 10,000 bytes. Then follow the instructions I gave above . If all else fails, m...
by Phil White
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mouse
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Mouse

Wizard of Oz wrote:
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:16 pm
My concurrent job was "Keeper of the Monkeys" which is another story all together.
To which you are clearly not going to treat us...
by Phil White
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 16
Views: 988

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

Shelley!

What an age since we saw you! The redesign was worth all the effort just to see you again!
by Phil White
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mouse
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Mouse

Hi Steven, The usual phrase in English is "Guinea pig". Guinea pigs were used widely in scientific research alongside mice. Most people would say "I don't want to be your Guinea pig." Having said that, "I don't want to be your white lab mouse" is novel, interesting and amusing. It would make people ...
by Phil White
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 16
Views: 988

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

If you want the same avatar on the discussion board and on the WP blog, you need to set a profile image in phpBB. Do this by going to the User Control Panel (click your login name at the top right of the screen), choosing the Profile tab and then choosing Edit avatar on the left. There are two ways ...
by Phil White
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 16
Views: 988

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

The "Remember me" setting is stored in a cookie, so if the browser clears the cookies, it should certainly not remember you next time. Other than that, I had to make a change to the cookie settings after the site was up and running, so there may be a residual issue there. You should manually delete ...
by Phil White
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Round thing hair
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: Round thing hair

Yes, "curlers" or "rollers". In the 1950s and 1960s, you would sometimes see people actually going out in curlers, although this would be regarded as "common". Possibly the most famous example in the UK is the character Hilda Ogden from the TV soap Coronation Street, which has now been running for 5...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: someone wouldn't
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: someone wouldn't

I agree with Bob. That one is too contrived. Also, with a negative (the first negative, not the second), you really need "anyone" rather than "someone".
by Phil White
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as much as anybody
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: as much as anybody

Yes. It is ambiguous. It can mean either. In speech, the ambiguity is resolved by stressing either "he" or "her".
by Phil White
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The "Musings" blog
Replies: 0
Views: 180

The "Musings" blog

Some of you may be wondering why I have put up a blog on the site alongside this discussion forum. It is intended to give regular contributors the opportunity to ramble on at rather greater length about anything they choose, preferably language-related. Contributions do not have to be deep, or even ...