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by Bobinwales
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: again
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: again

a. He'll make things right again. means things were right at first, then went wrong. He will restore things to the way they were.
b. He'll make things right one more time. means things are continually going wrong but he will correct it one last time.
by Bobinwales
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Addicted to exercising
Replies: 8
Views: 264

Re: Addicted to exercising

I think that this bloke is completely bonkers, but I would not want him to hear me calling him that!
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by Bobinwales
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Addicted to exercising
Replies: 8
Views: 264

Re: Addicted to exercising

Bonkers!
by Bobinwales
Mon May 27, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An eatery that cheats a customer
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Re: An eatery that cheats a customer

I would call it a bloody rip-off.
I would also have asked for the bill. Our American friends would probably ask for the check.
This is a cheque in the UK (American English "check").
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by Bobinwales
Tue May 21, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 7
Views: 2007

Re: Gee Gee

Many thanks.
by Bobinwales
Sun May 19, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 7
Views: 2007

Gee Gee

We went for day out in the Welsh countryside today and the conversation, as often happens, got a bit silly. "Oh look! Moo cows". "There are baa lambs over there", and what have you. I, being what I am started to think, why, when we have moo cows, baa lambs, bow wows and what have you, do we have "Ge...
by Bobinwales
Sat May 11, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Too high a sentence
Replies: 2
Views: 1252

Re: Too high a sentence

Either of the first two would be perfectly satisfactory, as would be the third if it had read,
"That is too severe a sentence" (without 'of').
by Bobinwales
Sat May 11, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 1409

Re: Gossip

Amazing. I only knew it as someone who spreads "news".
by Bobinwales
Thu May 09, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 1409

Re: Gossip

Many thanks both.
by Bobinwales
Tue May 07, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 1409

Gossip

I am reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Well, rephrasing that, I am attempting to read The Hunchback of Notre Dame, it is hard going in English, what it is like in French will remain a mystery. . In one interminable chapter Dom Claude is visited by Gossip Coictier and Gossip Tourangeau. Not even t...
by Bobinwales
Sun May 05, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hit a triple
Replies: 3
Views: 1234

Re: Hit a triple

Thanks John. I didn't understand it either.
This was the Wales/England game in 1980.
It may help explain why I was baffled. :D
by Bobinwales
Sat May 04, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sleeping style
Replies: 8
Views: 1833

Re: Sleeping style

Nothing wrong with it as far as I am concerned.
by Bobinwales
Wed May 01, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: alright to...
Replies: 4
Views: 1545

Re: alright to...

I will be interested to see if anyone agrees with me that "alright" is not a word.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 3821

Daylight Robbery

I have been looking for the origin of the expression, "Daylight robbery". I have read on line that it began when George III imposed the window tax, but it sounds like a backronym to me. Does anyone have any ideas?
by Bobinwales
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: The Smallest Room
Replies: 3
Views: 2014

The Smallest Room

Can I pick your brains please Wizards?

Without spending hours on the investigation, I have been trying to find a word for a toilet that is not a euphemism, and can't.

Toilet, lavatory, WC, loo, bathroom, Gents, Ladies, crapper, etc.. All euphemisms as are all the other words I have met.