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by Phil White
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: An operation

I find this all most bizarre. This is C section.
by Phil White
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: An operation

There are many different ways in which midwives or obstetricians (a doctor who specializes in caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth) can intervene in childbirth. Any actual surgical intervention would generally be performed by an obstetrician. Generally, all intervention that goes beyond ...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Jacket
Replies: 2
Views: 325

Re: Jacket

My first reaction was to say "that's a motorcycle jacket". Then I thought "it's just a diagonal zipper". A little research tells me I was right on both counts. In 1928, Schott released what is now universally known as the motorcycle jacket. The diagonal zipper was purely meant for function over form...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: good to drive
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: good to drive

Yes. Your comment about a and b is spot on. f is difficult to put your finger on. It certainly suggests that playing football is not the desired end result, whereas e does suggest that the patient wants to recover quickly in order to play football. f suggests something like "you'll be fine for playi...
by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: a plan to

It sounds a little strange to me, but I am sure people would say it and I am sure it is also ambiguous.
by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: a plan to

Yes. It is ambiguous.
by Phil White
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: good to drive
Replies: 3
Views: 289

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: 422

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: 249

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: 526

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: 348

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: 21
Views: 1759

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: 464

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: 21
Views: 1759

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: 464

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 ...