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by Bobinwales
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spinning toy
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: Spinning toy

It is a "mobile".
That particular one is powered, by clockwork when my children were that age, but I suspect that they have batteries now. A free hanging contraption that spins gently in the breeze is also called a mobile.
by Bobinwales
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Celebrations in Wales
Replies: 1
Views: 435

Re: Celebrations in Wales

Indeed. The boy has done us proud. Llongyfarchiadau.
It also means that more people can pronounce my step-son's name. He is a Geraint living in England.
by Bobinwales
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Lumber
Replies: 1
Views: 401

Lumber

I got talking to a new bloke in the pub. He told me that he was a lumberjack on holiday. I thought that he seemed like a decent feller. He said that his name was Tim Burr.
by Bobinwales
Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Oscilloscope
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Re: Oscilliscope

I know the feeling. I had the same problem when the Boss asked me how many musical instruments I needed and I bought another mandolin.
My big worry is that if I pop my clogs before her she will sell them for what I told her I paid for them.
by Bobinwales
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: okey dokey artichokey
Replies: 15
Views: 7771

Re: okey dokey artichokey

Did I really write, "A myth is as good as a smile"? I am quite proud of that.
by Bobinwales
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: February
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: February

I don't know whether it is because Welsh is a phonetic language and we just accept what we see, but you almost always hear it pronounced as Feb-ru-ary around here.
by Bobinwales
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is this type of word called?
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: What is this type of word called?

Why are they "urban myths" and not "town myths" or "rural myths"? According to Wikipedia, which we all know is completely infallible, "The term "urban legend," as used by folklorists, has appeared in print since at least 1968. Jan Harold Brunvand, professor of English at the University of Utah, int...
by Bobinwales
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: inside and outside
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: inside and outside

I will tell you how he behaves; both in our office and outside of it.
by Bobinwales
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on the way to...
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: on the way to...

Those options are terribly cumbersome.
by Bobinwales
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What is this type of word called?
Replies: 8
Views: 1016

Re: What is this type of word called?

On your guinea pig theme Tony, I understand that penguins are so named because they resembled a species of bird that gad become extinct in the Northern Hemisphere. Which is why birds with black heads are called "penguin" which is a corruption of the Welsh 'pen gwyn' which in turn means 'white head'....
by Bobinwales
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: could have been others
Replies: 4
Views: 651

Re: could have been others

Excellent Tony.
by Bobinwales
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: February
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: February

In Welsh we roll Rs, so those in February and library get a bit more of a pronunciation than possibly they should.
by Bobinwales
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: could have been others
Replies: 4
Views: 651

Re: could have been others

I could have sworn that I had answered this.
by Bobinwales
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Aubergine
Replies: 2
Views: 548

Re: Aubergine

Thank you Erik.
by Bobinwales
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: It's a language thing
Replies: 0
Views: 600

It's a language thing

A friend of a fellow school governor works in a hospital. One day she was called into see the boss because he had received a complaint about her from an Indian doctor who claimed she had acted in a racist manner on several occasions by calling him "Curry Head". The man telling us the story didn't ne...