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by tony h
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: any ideas on the difference betwwen paint kettles and paint scuttles?
Replies: 3
Views: 370

any ideas on the difference betwwen paint kettles and paint scuttles?

It is odd when words one uses without thinking suddenly demand to be noticed. Today I bought a paint kettle, a one pint kettle, and a paint scuttle, a much larger affair for use with a roller. I asked for the items, and as I waited, as I had done so on so many previous occasions, the question came a...
by tony h
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your job again
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: your job again

Before I read your options, my first thought of a scenario was of an interrogator going over statements with a witness Q: What was your job again? A: At the end of the shift my job is to check the remaining drugs in the cabinet tally with the chits for the issued drugs. or A: To find a suitable hide...
by tony h
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 361

Re: comma question

I can't imagine using any of those sentences. What's the context? Are you introducing someone at a gathering? Pointing to someone across the room? Or wanting to be remembered to someone who isn't there (as in: Say hey to Pete & Tom when you see them.)? Petra had gone round to her mother's for dinne...
by tony h
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mostly we get good deals
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: mostly we get good deals

Also of interest is the difference between a) Mostly we get research grants at this university, but sometimes they do. b) Mostly we get the research grants at this university, but sometimes they do. a) can be ... a1) Mostly we get research grants at this university, but sometimes they do as well. - ...
by tony h
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Believe
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Believe

Both are equally good.
by tony h
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Envelope
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Re: Envelope

I am sure they used to have a specific name but I can't remember what it is, "button and string" is what I have heard in recent years.
by tony h
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Around one's waist
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Around one's waist

Yes, or wrapped, but tied is better in this case.
by tony h
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: either/or
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Re: either/or

"Either" changes an inclusive to an exclusive.
by tony h
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 361

Re: comma question

Navi, you tend to ask quite detailed questions and I often read them and think that my brain doesn't want to spend that much time on them. It, my brain, also suspects that you already know, or nearly know, the answer. In which case it would simplify answering your questions if, for this type of ques...
by tony h
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Blown-up
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: Blown-up

This isn't a usage with which I am familiar but its meaning seems fathomable from the context. I think the Blown-up actor is the one who occupies too much screen time well beyond the time that the role demands. You see this particularly with big name guests in TV series. When they appear the camera ...
by tony h
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: Coffee

Just for a laugh...we drink our coffee here at home with milk. We'll ask each other "Did you milk my coffee?" We're not farmers but we do live in a very rural county...lots of hogs, cows, corn, and beans! Very early on I asked my intended why she took her coffee black. It stemmed from her work as a...
by tony h
Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: Coffee

which one sounds more common in conversations? Just a note that you have to be a bit careful with this phrase. The "which one sounds more common" might well be taken to mean "a phrase that common people use" - the ill-educated. "Which one would be more commonly heard" does not suffer from this to t...
by tony h
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rider
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Rider

wheel up in the sky One thing to bear in mind is the relative height implied by "sky". To me it means something a long way up where aeroplanes fly, where clouds form. So the/a definition for a wheelie is a trick or manoeuvre whereby a bicycle or motorcycle is ridden for a short distance with the fr...
by tony h
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 12
Views: 472

Re: An operation

Phil White wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:33 pm

I always find "marmalade" an obscenely long word for first thing in the morning.


but most necessary.
by tony h
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: a plan to

2 might also suggest that the plan is rather wild (possibly illegal) and that normal plans would not work.

It is a phrasing that might be more suitable for a prison escape film or crime drama. as in "he has got the plan to get into Fort Knox" or "he has got the plan to get past the guards".