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by tony h
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: respected but not feared
Replies: 2
Views: 980

Re: respected but not feared

I am struggling* to make any sense of the two sentences and the third answer (a, b and 3).

* I gave up struggling.
by tony h
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Restaurant roof
Replies: 5
Views: 1331

Re: Restaurant roof

I think Erik's suggestion of pergola is better than mine. But, your post is an excuse to mention this rather wonderful woody church in NZ: I suspect the weather in Wales would not be conducive to a similar structure being grown there. http://treechurch.co.nz/ https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-co...
by tony h
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Restaurant roof
Replies: 5
Views: 1331

Re: Restaurant roof

An arbour.

Not to be confused with "an 'arbour" :)
by tony h
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Open the door
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Re: Open the door

Will, can, could, would and just plain "get that" all have their place. Although they all mean the same thing they have different nuances of relationship, authority and activity. It can also get reversed: - Get that, will you. - Get that, could you. - etc. It can also get padded out: - Rosalind. Cou...
by tony h
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Dinosaur
Replies: 2
Views: 911

Re: Dinosaur

Bobinwales wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:18 pm
Possibly. conceivably, maybe, mayhap, perchance, perhaps, likely, probably, certainly, doubtless, sure, surely, undoubtedly, assumably, presumably, presumably, supposedly, supposedly.
Bob, words fail me.
by tony h
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Doctors
Replies: 1
Views: 1077

Doctors

I hate it when doctors ask, "are you sexually active?" After all there are plenty of "active volcanos" that haven't gone off in the last twenty years!
by tony h
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 1750

Re: Do someone else's work

"to fill in for John" is the first to come to mind.

"take on John's work"

"deputise for John"
by tony h
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Dinosaur
Replies: 2
Views: 911

Dinosaur

Is it true that the first Word Wizard was a megathesaurus ?
by tony h
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 13662

Re: Finger food for thought

Thanks! That's not the sort of history that's taught in public schools here. Which raises another issue. In the UK, "public schools" are private schools. "State schools" are public schools. Go figure! Err, no. State funded schools are state schools. Traditionally: - Public schools are fee paying sc...
by tony h
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 13662

Re: Finger food for thought

We are not all Labour Tony. Some of us ride a Red Dragon waving a yellow poppy. :D :D And that will have to be explained to Americans! :? The Red Dragon is the symbol of Wales (not a symbol of Welsh womanhood who are naturally dark haired). The Yellow Poppy is the symbol of Plaid Cymru the/a nation...
by tony h
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: One's own bomb
Replies: 5
Views: 1442

Re: One's own bomb

It is odd, isn't it, that both "he was hoist by his own petard" and "he got blown up by his own bomb" have the same literal meaning but, the first seems more acceptable even though scant few would have any idea of the definition of a petard. Personally I rather like the latter. It seems quite clear ...
by tony h
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 13662

Re: Finger food for thought

Politics! When the subject here turns to politics I always feel I am in a Labour party social club as the only considered-Conservative. :)
by tony h
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sofa
Replies: 2
Views: 1073

Re: Sofa

The technique creates pockets rather than holes. It is called buttoning or button tufting. The general design of the sofa is a Chesterfield.

You might enjoy these links:
https://youtu.be/wrJun85jckU


https://www.sofasofa.co.uk/blog/The-His ... ield-Sofas
by tony h
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Convenience shops
Replies: 4
Views: 1266

Re: Convenience shops

It depends where you live. No shops open 24/7 around here. 7am to 7pm or 7am to 10pm are more common.
by tony h
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nothing good
Replies: 3
Views: 1193

Re: Nothing good

It would work. There maybe a more pithy way to say it.