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by tony h
Wed May 09, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a van for carrying
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: a van for carrying

I remember the days when you would have been given a pantechnicon. I always loved that word. I didn't know its origin. So I did whatwe do here ... My dictionary defines it (first) as a furniture warehouse and (second) as a furniture van. The first surprised me. Wikipedia has the full story: The wor...
by tony h
Tue May 08, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Favourite dictionary ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Re: Favourite dictionary ...

That's interesting about the Collins dictionary. My family was always quite dismissive about them (and my Dad was a director of Collins). I'll have a look at a newer one. Phil, Erik do you not miss that happening on a word that you get with paper. An example, from today and in brief. The word to fin...
by tony h
Tue May 08, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 1557

Re: spoony

I think that spooning in the cuddling sense is far more likely to come from the way that two spoons fit together rather than ... I mused over the choice of spoon in this phrase whilst returning items to the cutlery drawer. Ours starts with the small spoon: the tease-spoon (OK, I know), and then mov...
by tony h
Tue May 08, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

Re: All together

I see... The 'special' kind of 'special'! :D What did you dislike about it, Bob? (I've never read it, so I'm just curious.) Bob, I'm with Erik on this. You can't just leave it as "awful" without an explanation! Erik, time has turned it a few shades darker than it probably was at the time. It was ce...
by tony h
Tue May 08, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a van for carrying
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: a van for carrying

They gave me a/this van in which to carry my belongings ;)
by tony h
Mon May 07, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Re: Secrets

I'm not telling you.
by tony h
Mon May 07, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Favourite dictionary ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Favourite dictionary ...

After a period of separation I am being reunited with my books. As it has been quite a while I have had to rely on electronic dictionaries. This has given an added piquancy to the aroma, the typography, the feel of the paper and that serendipity that accompanies looking for a word on a printed page....
by tony h
Mon May 07, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

Re: All together

Good point, Tony. And thanks for posting the Ingres painting here; it underscores your comments very well. Thank you. When you see the painting this quote (repeated from above) seems ever more tragic from the Wikipedia page: The model for the painting was the young daughter of Ingres' concierge.[11...
by tony h
Mon May 07, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

Re: All together

@Erik_Kowal The first point I was making was the differentiation between "altogether" and just head, feet or hands or whatever. It is the reference to Ingres that makes it clear, that in that context at least, she must be nude and that the writer of the editorial originally quoted must have missed t...
by tony h
Sun May 06, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

Re: All together

I must say I was surprised by the origin being Trilby and then the coyness over the declaration that she was nude. An uncle of mine was an artist and would collect body parts in a notebook: noses, feet, hands (and other bits) and, like Constable with his stock of trees to put in a deserving landscap...
by tony h
Fri May 04, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which is the correct answer
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: which is the correct answer

In general both are acceptable but they both allow for the answer "yes, A or B is the correct answer". If you want to be absolutely precise (in allowing only one to be chosen) you need a construction such as: 1. Which of A or B would you say is the correct answer? 2. Would you say A is the correct a...
by tony h
Fri May 04, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A pedant's lament
Replies: 1
Views: 335

Re: A pedant's lament

I like that. My version is:

The difference between an entomologist and an etymologist is that an etymologist knows.
by tony h
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: her husband Tom
Replies: 4
Views: 725

Re: her husband Tom

A venerable response their Phil. I am always in awe of how you can illuminate such things for us poor mortals.

As far as I can see you have addressed the scenario where Paris is the name of the city in question but, not where Paris is the name of the person being addressed.
by tony h
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: paraphernalia
Replies: 14
Views: 4461

Re: paraphernalia

by tony h
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: her husband Tom
Replies: 4
Views: 725

Re: her husband Tom

I would reject 3.

1 or 2 might depend on whether, say, Rick Hilton was talking to his daughter.