Search found 2088 matches

by tony h
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Microphone
Replies: 7
Views: 909

Re: Microphone

It isn't a new thing ...

Image
by tony h
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Worse
Replies: 2
Views: 497

Re: Worse

There are various phrases which people use to buck people up:
- at least you have your health
- count your blessings

"Could have been worse" is another of these, slightly odd, supportive statements which are to help people look for opportunities rather than dwell on the calamity.
by tony h
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Microphone
Replies: 7
Views: 909

Re: Microphone

I don't know what they are called but the purpose is more obvious in this photograph ...

They are essentially a name tag but also act as advertising if the person is on camera.

Image
by tony h
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: blivet
Replies: 8
Views: 1547

Re: blivet

A hunch. Blivet seems to me like the name of person. So I did a search and found the play which features Blivet being the 1909 work; Le danseur inconnu : comédie en trois actes par Tristan Bernard. I am trying to find an English translation as my French is not good enough to determine whether Blivet...
by tony h
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of the stories that won
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Re: one of the stories that won

If you are also trying to say that he wasn't the overall winner: He had one of winning stories (in the contest) or His story was amongst the winners (in the contest) Note that if it is clear which contest is being referred to, eg the conversation is at the awards ceremony, then "in the contest" is u...
by tony h
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Lumber
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Re: Lumber

I appreciate the "decent feller" residing quietly in the middle.
by tony h
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Celebrations in Wales
Replies: 1
Views: 417

Celebrations in Wales

Congratulations Geraint Thomas.
by tony h
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Oscilloscope
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Oscilloscope

My wife was in my workshop when she said, "how many oscilloscopes do you need?". "Good point", I thought and bought another.
Now I am in trouble.
by tony h
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is this type of word called?
Replies: 8
Views: 989

Re: What is this type of word called?

Bobinwales wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:40 am
Which is why birds with black heads are called "penguin" which is a corruption of the Welsh 'pen gwyn' which in turn means 'white head'.
Naturally, this just might be urban myth.

Why are they "urban myths" and not "town myths" or "rural myths"?
by tony h
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is this type of word called?
Replies: 8
Views: 989

Re: What is this type of word called?

Phil, at the end of a difficult day, I did enjoy that. Thank you.
by tony h
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: February
Replies: 8
Views: 1013

Re: February

…but not according to my teachers. The notion of that pronunciation being incorrect was reinforced so thoroughly when I was in school My French teacher did the same thing. "Pronunciation and grammar are very important in France. You won't find French people making a mistake." As a result I avoided ...
by tony h
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: feeling of anguish
Replies: 6
Views: 727

Re: feeling of anguish

charley horse That is a new one on me. And for those similarly ignorant of it: Charley horse is another name for a muscle spasm. Charley horses can occur in any muscle, but they’re most common in the legs. These spasms are marked by uncomfortable muscle contractions. [/color] Definition courtesy of...
by tony h
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on the way to...
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Re: on the way to...

Those options are terribly cumbersome. Bob, it is odd how things become cumbersome> I was playing about with the phrase and found Original: On the way to learning where I should board my plane ... Option 1: On the way to finding where I should board my plane - sounds ok. Option 2: On the way to fin...
by tony h
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Conductor
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Re: Conductor

baton
by tony h
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is this type of word called?
Replies: 8
Views: 989

Re: What is this type of word called?

Hi, and welcome to the site. I am puzzled at your premise. It seems to me the words do mean what their nouns suggest. Taking them in turn - and without thoroughly checking the etymology: Bread has a range of meanings from food generally to a "baked and leavened loaf" to morsels of food. Shortbread -...