Search found 4057 matches

by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Pluck
Replies: 9
Views: 1486

Re: Pluck

There has been some movement, although not a lot.

Someone has dragged up from the back of memory that a pluck could be a stream running FROM a larger stream or river rather than to it. Still nothing in writing though!
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Paint one's face black
Replies: 3
Views: 623

Re: Paint one's face black

Nothing more exotic than Camouflage Face Paint.
http://camofacepaint.com/
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1st April
Replies: 6
Views: 966

Re: 1st April

The Mongoose Principle:

Dear Petshop, Please send me two mongooses.

Dear Petshop, Please send me two mongeese.


Dear Petshop, Please send me a mongoose. Better still, make it two.

If you are not sure, write something that says the same thing that you know is right.
by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1st April
Replies: 6
Views: 966

Re: 1st April

The same question is asked about Mothers Day, although the Mongoose Principle can be brought in and it can be called Mothering Sunday. I tend to think that in a situation like this, where the term is an idiom, that an apostrophe is superfluous. Hence, April Fools Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day etc..
by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Pluck
Replies: 9
Views: 1486

Pluck

I was asked a question in another place. There is a lake in Swansea called Pluck Lake, and the questioner wanted to know where the name came from. In the back of my mind I have a feeling that a stream of some sort was called a pluck, but I have not been able to confirm it. I don't think that it is W...
by Bobinwales
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Not just a vegan
Replies: 0
Views: 459

Not just a vegan

Did you know that the well known vegan transexual, Eric Branshawn was a her before?
by Bobinwales
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Medicine
Replies: 8
Views: 952

Re: Medicine

Quite a few years ago when I was married to my second wife we had five children between us, ranging in age from about 8 to 12. We decided to have a trip to Ireland on the ferry. Before we left the children lined up and I gave each on them an anti-seasick pill. We did the same on the return trip. The...
by Bobinwales
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hair thing
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

Re: Hair thing

by Bobinwales
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tea
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: Tea

apparently either will do.
by Bobinwales
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 14
Views: 2411

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

Welcome home. I hope that someone can help you, because I can't, but you have got me interested.
by Bobinwales
Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: over the hill
Replies: 4
Views: 2809

Re: over the hill

I have no idea of what you are trying to say.
by Bobinwales
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: on some Fridays
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Re: on some Fridays

a. No. If we go to the movies, it is on a Friday. I wouldn't use this at all b. No. If we go to the movies, it will be on a Friday. It would be on a Friday c. No. We only go to the movies on Fridays, if we do . d. No. We only go to the movies on Fridays. e. No. We go to the movies on Fridays. My fe...
by Bobinwales
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used in toilets / restrooms
Replies: 7
Views: 679

Re: Thing used in toilets / restrooms

Tony, we used to say that the secretary's desk had a modesty board.
by Bobinwales
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sideboards
Replies: 5
Views: 1473

Re: Sideboards

Always sideboards, John.

I have worn a beard since I was 21, 50 years this year, but there have been all sorts of shapes, including a goatee with long sideboards.
by Bobinwales
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Matches
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Matches

I would call it a striker.
I haven't seen a book of matches for years. But then, I don't smoke now.