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by Bobinwales
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A title on a ship
Replies: 7
Views: 589

Re: A title on a ship

I spent a lot of my early working years in shipping, twenty-eight of them actually, and I give you a mnemonic uttered with horrible regularity by the Chief Docks Foreman at Swansea Docks, "A boat goes on the boat-deck, a ship goes on the sea".
by Bobinwales
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Semi-aquatics
Replies: 2
Views: 497

Semi-aquatics

A man went into bar carrying a small cage. He put the cage on the bar and ordered a pint. The barman pulled the beer and asked, “What’s in the cage?” The man told him that it was his pet newt. “A newt!”, said the barman, “And does it have a name?” “Yes”, said the man, “His name is Tiny”. The barman ...
by Bobinwales
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Black hats
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: Black hats

They are BEARSKINS Steven.
I understand that they are actually made from bear fur, but because of pressure, and expense, they are now being replaced with new ones made from artificial fur.
by Bobinwales
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Re: North Korea

Thank you for the corrected spelling Erik. I thought it was bad enough with an 's', the 'z' makes it even worse.
by Bobinwales
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 807

North Korea

An American gentleman said on BBC Television this morning that North Korea was intent on Missilisation.
I vote this to be the most horrible neologism of the year.
by Bobinwales
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hide and seek
Replies: 5
Views: 626

Re: Hide and seek

Only last week two of my grand daughters were playing together; running around noisily. One of them ran up to me, hit me on the leg and said, "You're it!"
by Bobinwales
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 2
Views: 511

A Cautionary Tale

Last night I felt decided to treat myself to a drop of whisky, so I set off on my bicycle to the off-licence to get a half bottle to keep me company. As I was riding back with the bottle balancing on the handlebars I realised how dangerous this was. The bottle could fall off and break, which would l...
by Bobinwales
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: other than that
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: other than that

Apart from meeting John, I have no idea what I will be doing next week.
by Bobinwales
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: be ready if...
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Re: be ready if...

Yes.
by Bobinwales
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Grimaldi
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: Grimaldi

That could well be a true story.
by Bobinwales
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your job again
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: your job again

You are quite correct.
"I have forgotten what you do for a living" is perfectly reasonable.
Using the same words to mean,"What am I paying you for?" would also make sense.
by Bobinwales
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Blown-up
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: Blown-up

I would read that as the actors were not as good as they were made out to be.
by Bobinwales
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: comma question

I have to admit to having difficulty in imagining the circumstances when such comments would be needed.
by Bobinwales
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Funds are looking
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: Funds are looking

It means that he will have to see whether he has enough money to pay for his cinema ticket.
(We very rarely hear "movie theatre" in the UK, although "movie" is probably heard as often as "film" now. And don't forget that "theater" is a US spelling)
by Bobinwales
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Dates
Replies: 0
Views: 364

Dates

someone told me that because most people keep track of anniversaries and the like on their computers and smart-phones these days that calendars days are numbered.