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by tony h
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: fribble and fricatrice
Replies: 3
Views: 241

fribble and fricatrice

The dictionary is open and, as usual, I come across words remembered, words unknown and words that deserve more use.

So today (on page 1028) my mind was allowed to imagine a play entitled The "Fribble and The Fricatrice" a comedy in two acts.

:)
by tony h
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Motorcycle
Replies: 10
Views: 981

Re: Motorcycle

That about sums it up Tony. I bought mine second-hand in about 1965 for the enormous sum of about £100. When I left the band and rock music to go into folk music in about 1970 I swapped it for a £50 guitar. I saw one the same age as mine for sale about 5 years ago for £4½ thousand pounds. I still w...
by tony h
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Motorcycle
Replies: 10
Views: 981

Re: Motorcycle

Me a Rocker? Never. I was a Mod. And no, I couldn't afford a scooter and a Fender Precision Bass. Ok. I had to look it up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_Precision_Bass Excerpt from the Wikipedia article: The Precision Bass (often shortened to "P-Bass") is a bass guitar manufactured by Fender...
by tony h
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Motorcycle
Replies: 10
Views: 981

Re: Motorcycle

I would have called it a motorbike and sidecar. Bob, clearly you are a product of the rocker culture of the 60s. The British Fonzarelli. This article puts it quite well: https://www.carolenash.com/insidebikes/news/motorbike-vs-motorcycle-whats-difference/ P.S. I wonder if the same is true for 'cycl...
by tony h
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not six feet
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Re: not six feet

I can't seem to articulate the difference either, but I think I, somehow "know" when they can be interchanged. Musing further, with a nice pot of tea in the summer sun, it seems that this singular-plural (SP) seems to affect Imperial measures rather more than metric. So SPs exist for: feet, inches,...
by tony h
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Motorcycle
Replies: 10
Views: 981

Re: Motorcycle

Children surprise you. My daughter saw this on my screen and asked if I was thinking of buying it. I asked why the interest. the grandchildren were running around, we were drinking tea and she commented. I think that is the early R75. It has the flexible gaiters on the front forks, shaft drive and t...
by tony h
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do not disturb
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: Do not disturb

To me it was a : do-not-disturb-sign. I think the trade calls them door hangers.
by tony h
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Motorcycle
Replies: 10
Views: 981

Re: Motorcycle

I used to have one (but without the armaments).

It is a motorcycle-and-sidecar or combination. The sidecar wheel is not usually "driven" or braked. But "military" versions exist with both.

A friend used to describe Ural motorcycles as big boy's Meccano.
http://www.ural.com/
by tony h
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not six feet
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Re: not six feet

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:00 pm
e) contains the phrase "not six-foot tall", which just sounds wrong. I am still thinking about why that is.
It is odd, isn't it, that in so many cases of measurements we can use six foot and six feet interchangeably.
by tony h
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Town house - USA usage.
Replies: 8
Views: 2568

Re: Town house - USA usage.

Thank you. I think I understand the tenor of the passage now.
by tony h
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Town house - USA usage.
Replies: 8
Views: 2568

Re: Town house - USA usage.

Bonniel,

thank you for your reply. Although I am left a little at a loss as I have no idea what a condo is either!

Kind regards,
by tony h
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Stone
Replies: 3
Views: 830

Re: Stone

I would call it a pedestal. There is also a phrase : to put someone on a pedestal.

And, just an observation, "the Adam Smith Statue" suggests he made it. I would say: the statue of Adam Smith.

The 2008 Alexander Stoddart statue of Adam Smith in Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
by tony h
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Umbrella
Replies: 6
Views: 1222

Re: Umbrella

Sunshade or sun-canopy. An umbrella, in England, is used in the rain.
by tony h
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Town house - USA usage.
Replies: 8
Views: 2568

Town house - USA usage.

What are the social connotations of a "town house" in the USA? Does it have any connotations for : wealth, work, social status, crime? I am trying to understand the implication in a narrative (written in 2010) that is: "knocking down existing housing and replacing with town houses; definitely not ap...
by tony h
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tablecloth
Replies: 3
Views: 1124

Re: Tablecloth

Erik, "she who knows" is adamant that it is not Broderie Anglaise but rather Nottingham lace. Apparently:- - Broderie Anglaise is material in which the pattern is cut out, or punched out, and then the edges are secured. - Nottingham Lace is a machine woven, and therefore flat lace, The holes are par...