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by tony h
Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Controller, comptroller, manager
Replies: 17
Views: 3447

Controller, comptroller, manager

What are the charastics of difference between thes roles? It seems to me that : - a controller is in charge of the technical operation of whatever. He is directly involved with directing activity, and observing adherence to the required operation. - a comptroller checks that everything is being done...
by tony h
Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: reasonable rant ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2471

reasonable rant ?

Just for the record I wasn't particularly bothered about the delay as, if I had known on arrival at the station there was a delay of 40 minutes, I could have gone to the nearest establishment and enjoyed a glass of liquid refreshment. What bothered me is the failure to announce the extent of the del...
by tony h
Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:53 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: reasonable rant ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2471

reasonable rant ?

Yesterday, was one of those occaisions when my train was delayed by 40 minutes. The irritating interval was punctuated by announcements from the PA system: "passengers are reminded that you are not allowed to cycle, skateboard or rollerblade on the station platforms" and "GNER would like to apologis...
by tony h
Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What's a word that would describe...
Replies: 11
Views: 3797

What's a word that would describe...

give me strength
by tony h
Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:47 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Film flimflam
Replies: 30
Views: 11394

Film flimflam

re 83 I imagine a couple of burly chaps going to the travel goods department of their local store. Assistant "can I help you...Ah yes one million. Is that dollars or sterling? ... Oh I am sorry we only have the one million in brown. .. We do have the two million in black. ... This one has an optiona...
by tony h
Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:05 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Thank you WoZ and Australia
Replies: 53
Views: 10249

Thank you WoZ and Australia

I have never really understood this emphasis on winning. It would be a sorry state if competitors only entered if they could win. For there to be a match somebody has to lose. I always feel it a much more impressive act for teams to turn out to practice and play when they are at the bottom of the le...
by tony h
Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Kiwi English
Replies: 19
Views: 4617

Kiwi English

It all depends on the purpose of education. It seems that (to me) the prerequisite of enabling education is to be able to communicate effectively and that requires that we have a common understanding. A common understanding requires a consistent approach to the use and meaning of language. The more ...
by tony h
Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hoy
Replies: 7
Views: 7584

hoy

A Chinaman sailing past woz's house calls out, "junk ahoy".

Sound of Viking origin to me. Surely Haro would know.
by tony h
Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Kiwi English
Replies: 19
Views: 4617

Kiwi English

I suppose we will have to ahve a dictionary and grammer of text speak. Then the examiners can learn how to read the answers with which they will be presented.
by tony h
Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Real vs true (2)
Replies: 9
Views: 1804

Real vs true (2)

reel stories are the most fantastic
by tony h
Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Wedding Bells
Replies: 21
Views: 5626

Wedding Bells

Jane, the other important point here is that as the ringing of bells (in the English style) plays a tune (or peal) certain tunes will be played for different occaisions. Thus when you hear the bells you can know what event is going on at the church. These are not standard because it depends on the n...
by tony h
Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:47 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Case piece - a furniture term
Replies: 32
Views: 4097

Case piece - a furniture term

Is brawn an example of casing the joint?
by tony h
Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Wedding Bells
Replies: 21
Views: 5626

Wedding Bells

In the main it i fine just a few thigs that trouble a pedant like me. For example when the bell is at rest it is on the stop but while ringing the stop should never be used. You start with the bell inverted and pull on the rope to bring over the centre of balance and carry on pulling to give it enou...
by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Wedding Bells
Replies: 21
Views: 5626

Wedding Bells

Bob, read your link with caution. There are a few mistakes.
by tony h
Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one-square-mile
Replies: 6
Views: 1496

one-square-mile

Well I didn't know that