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by tony h
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 14
Views: 2065

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

These must predate: 1906 from the Proceedings of the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East However little we may have, however poor may be our powers, however small are our possessions, let us bring them all, and all Of them, to Christ. Little or great are, after all, relative terms. It ...
by tony h
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 14
Views: 2065

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

trolley wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:06 pm
None of these quotes predate Mr. Stone.
Do we have a date for when he first used it?


The 1923 quote has the feeling of an established pulpit usage in English or Scottish usage. Stone would be 21.
by tony h
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 14
Views: 2065

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

It has the feel of a Christian message particularly thinking of the big doors on the churches. One early printed occurrence is: In the London City Mission Magazine in 1923 Has, under " SAVED BY A TRACT ", Big doors swing on small hinges, just as earthly careers often turn upon the most trifling even...
by tony h
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Emoji
Replies: 4
Views: 1039

Re: Emoji

May be the clubhouse needs a new board EMOJI USAGE AND WRITING. My emoji-speak is generally limited to a smiley face with the occasional foray into more exotic ones but I have no idea what they are supposed to mean. :) :lol: :geek: :mrgreen:
by tony h
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over the hill
Replies: 4
Views: 2706

Re: over the hill

These all work: The sun went over the hill. The sun moved over the hill. The sunlight moved over the hill. The cow went over the hill. The cow walked over the hill. The cow moved over the hill. Probably better as a plural: the cows moved over the hill. The shadow moved over the hill. Poetically you ...
by tony h
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on some Fridays
Replies: 2
Views: 370

Re: on some Fridays

b. No. If we go to the movies, it will be on a Friday. It would be on a Friday You have done a good job there Bob. With most of these sort of things you can make them work but some are far from normal. With b I think you alteration is more inclined to a question about the past. If the question was,...
by tony h
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used in toilets / restrooms
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Thing used in toilets / restrooms

Bobinwales wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:56 am
Tony, we used to say that the secretary's desk had a modesty board.
Now you have me wondering about my memory. I may have to add an E&OE to my signature.
by tony h
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wooden thing
Replies: 3
Views: 1358

Re: Wooden thing

"Ikea", very good :lol: But on the subject of punishments, one that I have thought that was well conceived was by the Dutch. The geography of "Dutchland" is that great parts of it are reclaimed from the sea or protected from the sea. maintenance of the Netherland dykes was of fundamental importance....
by tony h
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: is not to
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: is not to

a. His kindness is not to be believed. -agreed. A sham. b. His kindness is beyond belief - scenario: A: If you imagine the kindest people you have ever met, with all their kindness distilled and incarnated into another being who is kinder than you can ever imagine. And then ... multiply that kindnes...
by tony h
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your performing vs. performing
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: your performing vs. performing

Phil White wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:16 pm
You may be able to find a context that will change my mind, but I doubt it.
There's a challenge but my head isn't up to it tonight :lol:
by tony h
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used in toilets / restrooms
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Thing used in toilets / restrooms

I would call it a vanity board or vanity screen. I don't know if it has a technical term. Vanity board or vanity screen is used to describe any of a number of screens that are used to provide some privacy. In my younger days, when bosses were men and secretaries were all women and women wore skirts,...
by tony h
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used in toilets / restrooms
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Thing used in toilets / restrooms

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by tony h
Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gig (as in musician's engagement)
Replies: 8
Views: 2638

Re: gig (as in musician's engagement)

Hi BigJ, welcome to the forum. You may like to review this discussion http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=24666 I do find your arguments over "origin unknown" rather odd. "Origin unknown" is, to me, an invitation to search further. Similarly the statement of an origin is always, in ...
by tony h
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Matches
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: Matches

strike strip, phosphor strip, strike plate.

fyi these are safety matches. A traditional match only requires a rough surface - typically the sole of a shoe (when shoes were leather) or the underside of a table.
by tony h
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: only vs. just
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Re: only vs. just

Agree with Erik! The only way I can think of, in the only time I have available, to use "only" to convey only this meaning is :"the only thing to do is to get used to it." PS. I decided to have a bit of a binge on "only" as I almost never use it as "only" has an unfortunate ability to be misundersto...