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by tony h
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Royal pain
Replies: 5
Views: 3759

Re: Royal pain

"royal" is only used to elevate "pain" from ordinary to some higher level.

A diamond encrusted pain. A gold plated pain. A copper bottomed guarantee of a pain.
by tony h
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: get it
Replies: 3
Views: 2426

Re: get it

Just a thought. You know I like the challenge of "it makes no sense".

Rider; my horse has gone lame.
Captain: we need you tomorrow.
Rider: I told you my horse is lame. What am I supposed to do?
Captain: Get it better.


:lol:
by tony h
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the fly
Replies: 11
Views: 3374

Re: On the fly

According to the online Merriam-Webster, the space over a theatre stage where scenery and equipment can be hung is known as "the flies", which means there are two possible connections with the stage. I don't know how significant it is that "the flies" is plural, though. The same source gives the fo...
by tony h
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the fly
Replies: 11
Views: 3374

Re: On the fly

Hmmm. FOOD There is a mobile snack bar outside the restaurant too, which also opens at 11am, where you can get something on the fly . https://amnesty-jv.de/for-english-speakers/everything-else/catering/ If I had to get something on the fly, she requested I send her the menu to help me decide what to...
by tony h
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the fly
Replies: 11
Views: 3374

Re: On the fly

Not a phrase I have used in decades but I do remember, calling in at a café and my father saying "We would like to eat. What can we get on the fly as the ferry leaves in twenty minutes."

At one of my regular eating places I will state, "I have a train in 40 minutes. What is possible?"
by tony h
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Prison person
Replies: 4
Views: 2340

Re: Prison person

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:31 am
The official term is recidivist.
Erik,

I hadn't realised that it was peculiar to crimilality and being locked up. Thank you. Your post also brought me to the word "philoprogenitiveness".
by tony h
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Prison person
Replies: 4
Views: 2340

Re: Prison person

Jailbird

Malefactor,
by tony h
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I was supposed to teach
Replies: 4
Views: 2605

Re: I was supposed to teach

Bobinwales wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:00 pm
I would say,
I was talking to this young man to whom I was supposed to teach golf.
I would say,
- I was talking to this young man, I was supposed to him teach golf.
- I was talking to this young man to whom I was supposed to teach golf.
by tony h
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 7
Views: 5449

Re: Violin, viola.

trolley wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:31 pm
I've known two women with that name and both pronounced their names as "Vye ola".
@Ken Greenwald
When it is a lady's name I assume it comes from the flower viola, as in violet. For this the pronunciations, according to the OED, Brit. /ˈvʌɪələ/, /ˈvɪələ/, /vʌɪˈəʊlə/, U.S. /viˈoʊlə/
by tony h
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Never does a thing
Replies: 4
Views: 2097

Re: Never does a thing

Armchair Warrior
works in many cases.
by tony h
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Violin, viola.
Replies: 7
Views: 5449

Re: Violin, viola.

And here is the OED ’s pronunciations. I have always been too lazy to learn or look up their pronunciation codes but I get the impression that it accepts both and gives the British as well as U.S. versions. Brit. /ˈvʌɪələ/, /ˈvɪələ/, /vʌɪˈəʊlə/ U.S. /viˈoʊlə/ Ken – July 14, 2019 Interestingly the O...
by tony h
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cat family
Replies: 2
Views: 1915

Re: Cat family

This may help. The expression is common.

https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/ ... 65d19b9e66
by tony h
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Having Drinking
Replies: 6
Views: 2881

Re: Having Drinking

I prefer this construction, and note the "a". She's over there in Starbucks having a coffee. She's over there in Starbucks drinking a coffee. Your use of "a" gets around the point that Erik made earlier. "having coffee" may be tea and cake, "having a coffee" will be having a coffee. Albeit one of t...
by tony h
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fall asleep quickly
Replies: 3
Views: 2165

Re: Fall asleep quickly

There are phrases:
- she's asleep before her head hits the pillow
- he goes out like a light
- closes his eyes and he is dead to the world


Also "narcoleptic" but I advise you look it up before using it.
by tony h
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: make sense of
Replies: 4
Views: 2439

Re: make sense of

I agree with all of Erik's first response. Very nicely put. :)

In the 2nd , only b seems comfortable. a & c seem more probably in the context that "he" is either a contributor or an editor.