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by Bobinwales
Sat May 11, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Too high a sentence
Replies: 2
Views: 3431

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: 4027

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: 4027

Re: Gossip

Many thanks both.
by Bobinwales
Tue May 07, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 4027

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: 3396

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: 4841

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: 3915

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: 6663

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: 3672

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.
by Bobinwales
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Outdated Expressions?
Replies: 2
Views: 3108

Re: Outdated Expressions?

It is an expression that I use often without a second thought.
by Bobinwales
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: taxi dancer
Replies: 5
Views: 3909

Re: taxi dancer

Strangely enough I had come across the term before. I have a vague memory of hearing it in an American film, but please don't press me any further.
by Bobinwales
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The doctor said...
Replies: 1
Views: 1948

The doctor said...

A bloke in the pub said that his doctor had told him that he had an iron deficiency. He asked the doctor how he knew and he told him that his shirts were all wrinkled.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not to wake up someone
Replies: 1
Views: 2516

Re: not to wake up someone

I am afraid that I can't see any sense. Assuming that there were several people in the room, why would only one be at risk of being disturbed?
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: start a fight
Replies: 1
Views: 2394

Re: start a fight

I can't see that any are logical.
by Bobinwales
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comparing apples and oranges
Replies: 1
Views: 2420

Re: comparing apples and oranges

a. He is rude and he is violent, but he is more rude than violent. b. He is rude and he is violent, but he is ruder than violent. That simply doesn't make sense. c. I might not be smart, but you're not polite. As a matter of fact, I am smarter than you are polite. d. I might not be smart, but you'r...