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by tony h
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Why English is so hard to learn
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: Why English is so hard to learn

One of the puzzles, for me, in this list is that it is quite possible to get all the pronunciations are correct. That is context provides sufficient information to get pronunciation correct.
by tony h
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Upper beds
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Upper beds

I am not sure there is a specific name but ... where beds are arranged one above another they are bunk beds . Individually they are the top bunk and bottom bunk . where the bed can be folded against the wall they are folding or retractable . where they are wall-hung they are cantilever or wall hung ...
by tony h
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

Phil White wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:25 pm
tony h wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:20 pm
But why does it say "Howdy"?
Where on earth does it say that?
On the Home page there is a black title bar. On the right hand side it says : Howdy, tony h followed by my avatar.
by tony h
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: The new style Clubhouse and site
Replies: 21
Views: 1755

Re: The new style Clubhouse and site

tony h wrote:
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:49 pm
Phil I would say leave it as it is and have a review in a month or so.
As an update it all seems different but fine.

But why does it say "Howdy"?
by tony h
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wine
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Wine

Wine guy sounds, to me, rather odd. If I heard "Where is the wine guy?". I would assume some was looking for the wine waiter. It would be rare to find a wine waiter who was an oenophile. Mostly they learn the prices, (half) read the tasting notes and assume a haughty air! If I heard "He's a bit of a...
by tony h
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Smoking device
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Smoking device

I have never seen one. I would describe it as a "smoking pipe" or a "Vietnamese smoking pipe" if I was confident that it was a Vietnamese practice or, possibly a "native bamboo smoking pipe".

Those in the know would use, a badly pronounced, native language name.
by tony h
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ashtray
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: Ashtray

Steven, what was going on in your life when you thought of this question? It is called a rest. Ash trays were manufactured without rests. For cigars because they are much longer (or can be) the rest is normally either a lot longer than for a cigarette or even a separate item and the ash tray placed ...
by tony h
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: When languages die, ecosystems often die with them
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: When languages die, ecosystems often die with them

It reminds me of being told that the Welsh are a proud race and proud of being Welsh. Then learning many years later that the word Welsh comes from the word for "foreign", I forget which language. So linguistically to say "I am proud of being Welsh" is to say "I am proud of being Foreign". It doesn'...
by tony h
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: High-end
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: High-end

Couture

There are a fair few nuances included in terms such as: high street fashion, ready to wear, prêt-à-porter, couture, haute couture. I don't understand them except that the cost changes radically.
by tony h
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: When languages die, ecosystems often die with them
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: When languages die, ecosystems often die with them

An informative read. One might question whether the locally important words are being imported to the new language. Where I live you hear many "English" words in common use that do not appear elsewhere.
by tony h
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a jacket to wear
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Re: a jacket to wear

Do any of them imply that wearing the jacket in cold weather is an obligation? Yes. 2 and, slightly less so, 5.
Do any of them imply that it is obligatory not to wear the jacket if the weather isn't cold? No.
by tony h
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a student was not
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Re: a student was not

"A single student was not in the class" is a difficult wording from which to find meaning - by which I mean: it doesn't really make sense. But any sense it does have is limited to there only being one student missing. Reordering it to " not a single student was in the class." does produce the meanin...
by tony h
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat and jacket
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Re: Hat and jacket

BonnieL wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:00 pm
I was only aware of the very old version of fascinator - a scarf. Thanks for adding to my vocabulary!
I must reciprocate : I wasn't aware of the old meaning. I don't see the fashion returning : http://www.karensvariety.com/images/COP ... or1049.jpg
by tony h
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mountain part
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: Mountain part

Simplistically I would call it a ledge =, or over-hanging ledge, but mountaineers and geologists may well have specific terms. If I was to describe it from the photograph, I would say it looked like a cap piece which is granite. on a foliated rock structure - foliated rock has a more technical name ...