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by tony h
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Taxis
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Taxis

http://www.drivershields.co.uk/

I was interested to note that one of the protections offered was to stop a body in the back from flying into the driver in the case of a crash.
by tony h
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Missing
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: Missing

When it is off the drip it might like a byte to eat.



Well someone had to.
by tony h
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: enemies/the enemies
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: enemies/the enemies

When I first read these I thought they didn't make sense but they can. The context needs to be gang violence, mafia or some such, not traditional warfare. The meaning doesn't change significantly, it is mostly about timing. They all mean some but unlikely to be all. You would be unlikely to use the ...
by tony h
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Beer
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Beer

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:24 pm
Maybe the people who set up the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) wanted an acronym that sounded snappy.
Very good.
by tony h
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Beer
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Beer

Bobinwales wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:31 pm
We don't have faucets in the UK, we have taps, so those are beer-taps.
A lot of us here prefer our beer alive, we call it "Real Ale".
Bob, as an aside it has always puzzled me why CAMRA went for the word Ale rather than Beer. I assume it is just that CAMRA is pronounceable whereas CAMRB isn't.
by tony h
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sea change
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Sea change

In an island nation it is evident the effect the sea has in making changes can be dramatic and irreversible. http://www.one-ds.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/8_Cooper_Ashley-Coastal-Erosion-near-Hornsea.jpg Sea-change, for me has a rather wonderful way of being a long-slow-subtle change and also a s...
by tony h
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything has a purpose
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: everything has a purpose

To my mind they are all saying the same thing with it being quite unclear whether the single purpose is achieved using all the parts or whether they all have different, and unconnected, purposes. 2 is least likely to mean a single joint purpose. Also, not seemingly explicit in your question, is that...
by tony h
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A title on a ship
Replies: 7
Views: 342

Re: A title on a ship

trolley is right but there are variations depending on the size of the boat and whether they are navy, merchant or pleasure.

On smaller boats the second in command can be the first mate and the captain is often called the Skipper or Skip - but definitely not Skippy.
by tony h
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Black hats
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: Black hats

They are BEARSKINS Steven. I understand that they are actually made from bear fur, but because of pressure, and expense, they are now being replaced with new ones made from artificial fur. I am fairly sure that no successful artificial alternative has yet been found. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news...
by tony h
Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 452

Re: North Korea

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:29 pm
The 'Merkins like spelling zees, so it seemed only right.
Is this a character from a niche film : "Merkin: the spelling wig" ?
by tony h
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Beta
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Re: Beta

Steven the examples you quote here seem most unpleasant. Certainly not anything I would expect to hear. Having said that the meaning seems clear. In programmes about animals you will often hear about the Alpha Males who are the leaders with the main requirement being strong fighters and gain rights ...
by tony h
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hide and seek
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: Hide and seek

trolley you are quite right. I had forgotten about it and on
by tony h
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: other than that
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Re: other than that

I don't know what I will be doing next week except that I will meet John.
by tony h
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hide and seek
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: Hide and seek

I have never know a term for thes but I would coin hiders and seekers.

My grandchildren say: "M you hide and I will find you" or "I'm hiding and B is coming to find us".
by tony h
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A kind of vegetable
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: A kind of vegetable

Erik, very impressive.

And no, it isn't eaten often in the UK. It isn't generally available in shops here.