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by tony h
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In a jiffy
Replies: 5
Views: 1409

Re: In a jiffy

#2 doesn't sound right to me. But I'm afraid I can't explain why! I know what you mean. My thinking is that "a jiffy" is a time taken by a (human) agency as a description of the time it will take, or has taken, to achieve. Traffic jams clearing, grass growing, clouds appearing happen on their own. :)
by tony h
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Don't bother
Replies: 4
Views: 1423

Re: Don't bother

When I read them they transported me back to the 70s hippies. They could be straight out of Austin Powers , only improved by appending "man" or "babe" to fix them in the era.
by tony h
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequently
Replies: 6
Views: 2012

Re: frequently

All three mean the same. Although the first is an ugly construction.

Do you think there should be a difference?
by tony h
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: frequently
Replies: 6
Views: 2012

Re: frequently

Just playing with these: Original : 1 and a are pretty bad, b is still not good. 1) I can't frequently eat lunch at home. a) Frequently I can't eat lunch at home. b) I can't eat lunch at home frequently. 1 and a work, b isn't good 1) I can't often eat lunch at home. a) often I can't eat lunch at hom...
by tony h
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nuts thing
Replies: 3
Views: 1673

Re: Nuts thing

Nut Splitter. Although I used a screwdriver.

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by tony h
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swings
Replies: 7
Views: 2131

Re: Swings

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by tony h
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swings
Replies: 7
Views: 2131

Re: Swings

I would call the top one a bench swing, the lower one a baby swing.
by tony h
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hue and Cry
Replies: 2
Views: 1358

Re: Hue and Cry

trolley, I think it is a sadness that we don't have the option of a "like" on these boards. A response, such as this, seems unnecessarily formal but here it is : LIKE.
by tony h
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sonogram
Replies: 8
Views: 2186

Re: Sonogram

Did the ultrasound/sonogram show whether it is a boy or a girl? Mind you, I have never heard anyone use sonogram in casual conversation.

But the simplest is : do we know if it is a boy or girl.
by tony h
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Assist a woman give birth
Replies: 3
Views: 1471

Re: Assist a woman give birth

They may be described as a Good Samaritan which is a reference to a Bible story.
by tony h
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: The 'untranslatable' emotions you never knew you had
Replies: 3
Views: 4438

Re: The 'untranslatable' emotions you never knew you had

Welcome.

I French friend of mine will often break from French into "bloody 'ell". Apparently there is no French phrase that conveys the same emotion.
by tony h
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waits for no one
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

Re: waits for no one

I would not normally use 2, 4 or 5.
by tony h
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: life-saved
Replies: 5
Views: 1695

Re: life-saved

I am struggling to make sense of "I was life-saved."

The only image that come up is that the subject was unwilling and it is ironic.
by tony h
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: drag / in drag / drag queen
Replies: 9
Views: 15340

Re: drag / in drag / drag queen

Welcome Rey. The word "fag" in the UK refers to a cigarette not a gay man, so I have to say that your assumption is unlikely. Or, at a boarding school, a younger boy acting as a servant to sixth former. This practice is, I understand, very much less common than it used to be and possibly eradicated.
by tony h
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Incense
Replies: 3
Views: 1511

Re: Incense

We don't get mosquitos round here but where you do get them you will find the coils you mentioned along with every other type of anti-mosquito product.