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by Phil White
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waits for no one
Replies: 3
Views: 1423

Re: waits for no one

"Time waits for no man" is a fixed idiom. Nowadays you will hear your version "time waits for no one". You will probably never hear 6.

2 and 4 would be, as Erik says, very emphatic. 1 and 3 would be normal.
by Phil White
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: life-saved
Replies: 5
Views: 1684

Re: life-saved

Yes, trolley, that's the grammatical oddity. As far as the semantics are concerned, I do get the feeing that your life can be saved by anybody who happens to be there when you are in mortal peril, but you can only be life-saved by a (professional) lifesaver. Unfortunately, my friend could not quote ...
by Phil White
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: life-saved
Replies: 5
Views: 1684

life-saved

A friend of mine reported hearing the following on a news bulletin about a woman who was rescued from drowning:

"I was life-saved."

Thoughts? Comments?
by Phil White
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 15052

Re: Finger food for thought

Hi Rufus, long time no see!

I'll mail you with suggestions as to where you can promote the book here.
by Phil White
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: orthography
Replies: 2
Views: 1620

Re: orthography

As far as I know, French, like German, uses orthographe simply to mean "spelling" in most cases, but, again in common with German, the word actually covers the same ground as the English "orthography", in particular punctuation, but also any printed or handwritten conventions that convey additional ...
by Phil White
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: either this or that
Replies: 1
Views: 1204

Re: either this or that

All your alternatives sound valid to me.
by Phil White
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just a Minute rules ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1352

Re: Just a Minute rules ...

To be frank, I couldn't give a monkey's ...
by Phil White
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mung (the verb)
Replies: 2
Views: 1342

Re: mung (the verb)

New one on me. I like it!
by Phil White
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kleptocracy
Replies: 4
Views: 1763

Re: kleptocracy

How strange, I could have sworn we had looked at this one before. But we haven't. Thanks for that link, trolley. I shall squirrel some of those away. I'll leave it at that, since the main focus of this forum is the English language, not politics. Just go for it, Erik. Any good discussion would be be...
by Phil White
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: loved so
Replies: 2
Views: 1315

Re: loved so

The alternative meaning you suggest is archaic. You will very rarely hear it, if at all.

For the first meaning, you will only really hear your sentence 1, but even that is slightly poetic. In contemporary spoken English, we would pretty well always use "so much".

So Bob is right.
by Phil White
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Contacting Wordwizard
Replies: 0
Views: 2378

Contacting Wordwizard

In recent weeks, we have been receiving upwards of 500 spam emails a day through the main site contact form, almost all from Russian bots. I have therefore removed the contact form completely. I am not about to divulge any of the contact email addresses here, but they are not unguessable....
by Phil White
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 15052

Re: Finger food for thought

You misunderstand me, Tony. "State schools" (UK usage) are "public schools" (US usage). I was tongue-in-cheekly unclear.
by Phil White
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 15052

Re: Finger food for thought

It apparently goes back to the 18th century. Some grammar schools had such a good reputation that people started paying for their children to board at the school. The term "public" contrasts with "local", not with "private".
by Phil White
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 15052

Re: Finger food for thought

BonnieL wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:05 pm
Thanks! That's not the sort of history that's taught in public schools here.
Which raises another issue. In the UK, "public schools" are private schools. "State schools" are public schools. Go figure!
by Phil White
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 15052

Re: Finger food for thought

Sorry for resurrecting this one, but I see that three years have passed since the original post. Having learned to read Braille, albeit slowly, and having read through a few dozen magazines, the Hitchhikers' Guide and a good few poems from an anthology I ordered, I gradually stopped reading Braille ...