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by tony h
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Having Drinking
Replies: 6
Views: 2881

Re: Having Drinking

The second sounds slightly odd rather than "She's drinking coffee at Starbucks over there" I would use "She's having coffee at Starbucks over there". To use "drinking" seem to provide an emphasis to the action that suggests it is an inappropriate action. "She's drinking coffee and she knows that she...
by tony h
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and vs. or
Replies: 4
Views: 2714

Re: and vs. or

I am sure Phil could give you a technical analysis. Here is my lay view. Both are fine. c seems to refer to the group whereas d seems to refer to the people in the group. d seems more logical but I suspect that is my Aspie brain rather than a social brain. :) c. When I was a child, all my friends wa...
by tony h
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and vs. or
Replies: 4
Views: 2714

Re: and vs. or

They probably do mean the same being "one or other". It used to be very important to incorporate the skills of an artist with those of a scientist in which case "scientists and artists" may be more specific. Now it is a rather specialised skill. It is interesting that the first evidence of DNAs role...
by tony h
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: All together
Replies: 3
Views: 2760

Re: All together

I have no answer for this. I would not have thought there would be a common phrase.
by tony h
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'm still alive
Replies: 8
Views: 3975

Re: I'm still alive

The reality is that 99% (unverified) will simply answer "I'm fine" because neither the question nor the answer have any value. It is just a social exchange. When the question is asked in more social circles, or on occasions where there is a relationship (work, friendship, family, team), a whole vari...
by tony h
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Handle maintenance
Replies: 5
Views: 3906

Re: Handle maintenance

It also very much depends on the scale. An 8 bed hotel will have different staff with different titles to a 1000 bed hotel.


Note also that it is "an 8 bed hotel" rather than "8 bedroomed hotel" even though the former is usually, in my experience, a count of rooms rather than potential occupants.
by tony h
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: hard question to ask
Replies: 3
Views: 3577

Re: hard question to ask

With 1 & 2 I am unclear whether it is "difficult to construct a question that gets to the point" or whether it is "logistically difficult" or whether it is "surrounded by emotional or status issues".
by tony h
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: True Story
Replies: 1
Views: 2452

Re: True Story

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8079248/


Mind you, it would have taken a few hours in Chinese.
by tony h
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bijou / bijou strongman
Replies: 5
Views: 4485

Re: bijou / bijou strongman

An extended quotation: On the one hand, Orban is a part of the small-ball, slow-creep authoritarian movement, not the splashy, missile-parade style of Kim Jong Un. He lacks the cutthroat Great Power Player musk that comes off Russian strongman Vladimir Putin in waves and makes Trump weak in the knee...
by tony h
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Achieve an objective
Replies: 6
Views: 4770

Re: Achieve an objective

Stevenloan wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:29 am
What idiom do you use to describe when you try very hard to overcome many challenges to achieve an objective?
It does depend, to some degree, on what sort of challenge allthough there is a lot of overlap.
by tony h
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bijou / bijou strongman
Replies: 5
Views: 4485

Re: bijou / bijou strongman

I immediately thought of: "synonyms: small, little, compact, snug". After all, he is only 5' 8" which is quite small for a strongman.
by tony h
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A different story
Replies: 2
Views: 3533

Re: A different story

They all work.
by tony h
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Illegally cut down trees
Replies: 5
Views: 4370

Re: Illegally cut down trees

You also get terms such as "ecological vandal" or "environmental vandal". I suspect you are talking about large scale felling. For comparison, in the UK , we have TPOs. A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is placed on individual trees or groups of trees. This creates a specific criminal offence in the c...
by tony h
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: When do words lose their meaning?
Replies: 3
Views: 3749

Re: When do words lose their meaning?

trolley wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:28 pm
I feel that’s an insult to the untold millions who have suffered under (real) racism.
You put that well.
by tony h
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: When do words lose their meaning?
Replies: 3
Views: 3749

When do words lose their meaning?

For sometime, and particularly over the last couple of months, I have become aware of how frequently hate words are thrown about with no context that allows for their defined meanings. So when do such words divorce their original meanings? And should we be bothered by such a change? Is the effect si...