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by tony h
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: don't have another affair and...
Replies: 1
Views: 820

Re: don't have another affair and...

When I read these they all seemed rather tortured. Not phrases that appear natural.
by tony h
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 3377

Re: Authoress

Bobinwales wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:21 pm
It has always puzzled me why the common acronym LGBT separates "Lesbian" and "Gay", surely lesbians are gay.
Good point. Although I refuse to use "gay" in that way as I think taking it away from its original meaning has robbed the rest of us of a useful word and a delightful state.
by tony h
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 1744

Re: phone line breaking up

Why is it "cut off" when the most likely reason was an unplugging of the line (when switchboards had plugs) or someone putting down the keys on the telephone - the least likely - unless you were in a Hollywood cowboy film, a village in occupied France in the 1940s or sometimes in a storm - was the ...
by tony h
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 1744

Re: phone line breaking up

"We {were / got} cut off" hints at the possibility that the connection was deliberately severed. "Somebody cut us off" makes that a direct accusation. Erik, you make excellent points. The one above got my head wondering. Why is it "cut off" when the most likely reason was an unplugging of the line ...
by tony h
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 3377

Re: Authoress

The actor/actress debate is a bit confusing to me. I wonder who it was that decided that all thespians, regardless of gender, should now be referred to as “actors”. I did quite a lot of work with film and TV drama production in the mid 90s and all the people in front of the camera were actors, and ...
by tony h
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 1615

Re: box to store rare stones

navi wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:38 pm
1) Jack stole Tom's guitar to play in small venus.
Is this sentence correct?
Is it ambiguous?
Is it just me? It was only when reading a response to this that I realised that "small venus" may be a spelling mistake! Oddly I did think "small venus" might have been the name of a club.
by tony h
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 1615

Re: box to store rare stones

There are, however, sentences where the construction itself works fine: "Jack stole Tom's poster to put on the wall." … But although the construction above works, I think most people would actually say: "Jack stole Tom's poster to put on his wall." Somehow it seems to round the statement off better...
by tony h
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The backside of the moon
Replies: 9
Views: 1485

Re: The backside of the moon

Just a bit of trivia I have always enjoyed.

Going out from Earth we get Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. In mythology Mars is the child of Jupiter who is the child of Saturn who is the child of Uranus.
by tony h
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The backside of the moon
Replies: 9
Views: 1485

Re: The backside of the moon

gdwdwrkr wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:44 pm
Aren't they on the 7th planet?
To be honest, as far as space goes I don't know my 7th planet from my elbow.
by tony h
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishing rites
Replies: 8
Views: 1076

Re: Fishing rites

The next line shows the relationship was already buggered and isn't going to get better any time soon. "British in French fishermen have a long history of flare ups including the recent clashes over scallops"
by tony h
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The backside of the moon
Replies: 9
Views: 1485

Re: The backside of the moon

Now, now. You're just being cheeky.
by tony h
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so much better
Replies: 14
Views: 2232

Re: so much better

I quite agree, and nicely illustrated, Phil.
by tony h
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might win yet
Replies: 8
Views: 1474

Re: might wn yet

Yet seems to imply the prediction was less likely, maybe preceded by a new glimmer of hope.

Still seems to err towards being a reasoned outcome.
by tony h
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 1162

Re: so charmed

A quick poll here indicates 3 has conveyed the most charm.
by tony h
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rodeo Drive
Replies: 9
Views: 1602

Re: Rodeo Drive

I think the first thing here is that "street-smart" means the ability to get along in areas that are rough neighbourhoods eg there may be gangs, drugs and knives. The street smart person will get along with people and not be at risk of attack. Carrie is making a joke here because her "street-smart" ...