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by tony h
Mon May 07, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Favourite dictionary ...
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Favourite dictionary ...

After a period of separation I am being reunited with my books. As it has been quite a while I have had to rely on electronic dictionaries. This has given an added piquancy to the aroma, the typography, the feel of the paper and that serendipity that accompanies looking for a word on a printed page....
by tony h
Mon May 07, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: All together

Good point, Tony. And thanks for posting the Ingres painting here; it underscores your comments very well. Thank you. When you see the painting this quote (repeated from above) seems ever more tragic from the Wikipedia page: The model for the painting was the young daughter of Ingres' concierge.[11...
by tony h
Mon May 07, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: All together

@Erik_Kowal The first point I was making was the differentiation between "altogether" and just head, feet or hands or whatever. It is the reference to Ingres that makes it clear, that in that context at least, she must be nude and that the writer of the editorial originally quoted must have missed t...
by tony h
Sun May 06, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: All together

I must say I was surprised by the origin being Trilby and then the coyness over the declaration that she was nude. An uncle of mine was an artist and would collect body parts in a notebook: noses, feet, hands (and other bits) and, like Constable with his stock of trees to put in a deserving landscap...
by tony h
Fri May 04, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which is the correct answer
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: which is the correct answer

In general both are acceptable but they both allow for the answer "yes, A or B is the correct answer". If you want to be absolutely precise (in allowing only one to be chosen) you need a construction such as: 1. Which of A or B would you say is the correct answer? 2. Would you say A is the correct a...
by tony h
Fri May 04, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A pedant's lament
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Re: A pedant's lament

I like that. My version is:

The difference between an entomologist and an etymologist is that an etymologist knows.
by tony h
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: her husband Tom
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: her husband Tom

A venerable response their Phil. I am always in awe of how you can illuminate such things for us poor mortals.

As far as I can see you have addressed the scenario where Paris is the name of the city in question but, not where Paris is the name of the person being addressed.
by tony h
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: paraphernalia
Replies: 14
Views: 4027

Re: paraphernalia

by tony h
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: her husband Tom
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: her husband Tom

I would reject 3.

1 or 2 might depend on whether, say, Rick Hilton was talking to his daughter.
by tony h
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it is kind to...
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: it is kind to...

A few months ago I would have agreed with Phil almost entirely. More recently I have become involved with some children with Asperger's. For them it is most important to help them to understand both bad and good social interaction (it doesn't come naturally). So with these people statements like: "T...
by tony h
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Goddess of English
Replies: 0
Views: 324

The Goddess of English

I though I had posted this previously - so this may be a repeat^2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p0hj6
by tony h
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: BBC Radio 4 Extra : Many a Slip
Replies: 11
Views: 1285

Re: BBC Radio 4 Extra : Many a Slip

Cheers.
by tony h
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Khaki/Kharki
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: Khaki/Kharki

@trolley I go for car-key every time.



P.S. Summer with the aunts in Barrachois then Sydney, Cape Breton Island.
by tony h
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: If you know anyone having a pacemaker fitted
Replies: 1
Views: 245

If you know anyone having a pacemaker fitted

This is really off topic but someone might benefit from it. So if you know anyone having a pacemaker fitted, or changed, make sure it is MRI compatible. Many, but not all, are and it is a damn sight easier, and quicker, to have one that is than having to dig out the cables and replace it all when yo...
by tony h
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gave them a book and a notebook
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Re: gave them a book and a notebook

It is intriguingly difficult to make those clear and succinct.