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by tony h
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Doctors
Replies: 1
Views: 628

Doctors

I hate it when doctors ask, "are you sexually active?" After all there are plenty of "active volcanos" that haven't gone off in the last twenty years!
by tony h
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: Do someone else's work

"to fill in for John" is the first to come to mind.

"take on John's work"

"deputise for John"
by tony h
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Dinosaur
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Dinosaur

Is it true that the first Word Wizard was a megathesaurus ?
by tony h
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 11332

Re: Finger food for thought

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! Err, no. State funded schools are state schools. Traditionally: - Public schools are fee paying sc...
by tony h
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 11332

Re: Finger food for thought

We are not all Labour Tony. Some of us ride a Red Dragon waving a yellow poppy. :D :D And that will have to be explained to Americans! :? The Red Dragon is the symbol of Wales (not a symbol of Welsh womanhood who are naturally dark haired). The Yellow Poppy is the symbol of Plaid Cymru the/a nation...
by tony h
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: One's own bomb
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: One's own bomb

It is odd, isn't it, that both "he was hoist by his own petard" and "he got blown up by his own bomb" have the same literal meaning but, the first seems more acceptable even though scant few would have any idea of the definition of a petard. Personally I rather like the latter. It seems quite clear ...
by tony h
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 11332

Re: Finger food for thought

Politics! When the subject here turns to politics I always feel I am in a Labour party social club as the only considered-Conservative. :)
by tony h
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sofa
Replies: 2
Views: 490

Re: Sofa

The technique creates pockets rather than holes. It is called buttoning or button tufting. The general design of the sofa is a Chesterfield.

You might enjoy these links:
https://youtu.be/wrJun85jckU


https://www.sofasofa.co.uk/blog/The-His ... ield-Sofas
by tony h
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Convenience shops
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Re: Convenience shops

It depends where you live. No shops open 24/7 around here. 7am to 7pm or 7am to 10pm are more common.
by tony h
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nothing good
Replies: 3
Views: 606

Re: Nothing good

It would work. There maybe a more pithy way to say it.
by tony h
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chrome circle
Replies: 9
Views: 1054

Re: Chrome circle

The technical difficulty seems to be that travelchannel.com restricts its content to certain countries (for licencing reasons) and it is not available in the UK.

Unless you can find the image on another website, which is available, then we are stuffed.
by tony h
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for what he did to you
Replies: 1
Views: 365

Re: for what he did to you

1) He is a bad person for what he did to you.
2) He is not a good person for what he did to you.


They can mean the same but comparatively 1 makes him worse than 2. There maybe some excuse for 2.
by tony h
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chrome circle
Replies: 9
Views: 1054

Re: Chrome circle

I can't see the picture.
by tony h
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big pieces of fabric
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: Big pieces of fabric

Bobinwales wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:55 am
We don't have them, they wouldn't last a fortnight in our climate, but if we did I think we would probably call one a blind.
Or a screen.
by tony h
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Eulogy for lost friends
Replies: 6
Views: 857

Re: Eulogy for lost friends

I completely understand. We have "downsized" a couple of times and each time the greatest loss to me has been the books. I have had to replace some of them but the copy is not "my copy" and it doesn't have the magic or emotion of the original. One I replaced I bought on ebay "good condition". The ve...