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by Phil White
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The backside of the moon
Replies: 9
Views: 1480

Re: The backside of the moon

Yes. The Voyager fly-by would make sense. I left the UK for Germany in 1985, where I remained until 2009. The Germans have always said "OOranus", which is not sniggerworthy in either language. It was only after I came back that things had changed.
by Phil White
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The backside of the moon
Replies: 9
Views: 1480

Re: The backside of the moon

Pretty certain it's not exactly an age-old conundrum. When I was a kid, there was only one way I ever heard it, and it made you giggle - the first time. At some time in the ensuing 50 years, the inveterate offendees got at it. Okay, I know. both pronunciations have been around for a while, and all t...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: World of a difference
Replies: 3
Views: 1011

Re: World of a difference

I would always use "a world of difference". I am not at all sure I have ever heard "a world of a difference", but "a world of a difference" does not seem wrong to me. I get almost 19 million hits on Google for "a world of difference", compared to just 14 thousand hits for "a world of a difference", ...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishing rites
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: Fishing rites

Chapeau!
by Phil White
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishing rites
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: Fishing rites

I am disappointed in you, trolley. I had you down as someone who would be able to quote The Godfather, or at least recognize a quote. Fat lot of good it did Fredo, though:

https://youtu.be/AO-VFDYy9Rk?t=114
by Phil White
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: so much better

I have to make things simple, otherwise I don't understand them myself.

A happy new year to you too!
by Phil White
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishing rites
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Re: Fishing rites

Fishermen can be a superstitious lot and many perform small ritualistc acts to improve their luck... Is this the sort of thing you're thinking of? "Every time I would put the line down I would say a "Hail Mary" and every time I said a "Hail Mary" I would catch a fish. Now, when it's sunset, we're g...
by Phil White
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishing rites
Replies: 8
Views: 1074

Fishing rites

Seen at https://www.thelocal.fr/20181126/france-vows-to-fight-for-french-fishermen-after-london-hits-back-at-macron "Just one day after Britain's historic and apparently doomed deal to part ways with EU had been ratified in Brussels London and Paris appeared on course for stormy waters as the war of...
by Phil White
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The backside of the moon
Replies: 9
Views: 1480

The backside of the moon

Seen at https://www.tekportal.net/china-probe-c ... -the-moon/

"But never before has it been possible to control a lander on the backside of the moon."

Personally, I suspect they will find a vast canyon and a deep crater.
by Phil White
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: so much better

Here is a real-life example of the scoping ambiguity from a shortly-to-be-published translation I am working on: "The reports say that there was even ice and snow between the wooden blocks and the load." The context is of a truck that has lost part of its load because of poor securing. The previous ...
by Phil White
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might win yet
Replies: 8
Views: 1472

Re: might win yet

My initial reaction was that there was no significant difference, but I think that both Tony and you (as you imply in your question) are right. "Yet" seems to imply "an outside chance" or "against the odds". "Still" does seem to imply that "time is running out", but that there is still a reasonable ...
by Phil White
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: altogether
Replies: 4
Views: 1615

Re: altogether

My readings: 1. This is an extremely ungainly and unlikely construction. I have difficulty extracting meaning from it, particularly as I listen to these posts, and I cannot distinguish between "all together" and "altogether" without reading word by word. 2. My intuitive reading is that each one rece...
by Phil White
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: so much better

I go along with what all the others have said, especially Shelley, to whom a warm welcome back - did you ever get rid of that plague of pigeons? The reason for the ambiguity has to do with the scope of the word "only" or "just". As is the case with many expressions that are commonly referred to as "...
by Phil White
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: behind enemy lines
Replies: 1
Views: 1257

Re: behind enemy lines

The construction used in the first part of the sentences ("They have two men injured") seems to suggest the reading that the men are still behind enemy lines in all 3 cases. In other words, if the "injured" is clearly associated with "behind enemy lines, as in "They have two men who were injured beh...