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by trolley
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Checking attendance
Replies: 5
Views: 7444

Re: Checking attendance

The patriotism was lost on me. I had no idea what I was singing about. I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia…so I was pretty sure it was
“Send her to Victoria, happy with Gloria” (I assumed that Gloria was a friend of hers). “Long to rain over us” (it was always raining, here).
by trolley
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Checking attendance
Replies: 5
Views: 7444

Re: Checking attendance

We either said "here" or "present". By the way, checking attendance by reading from a list of names is known as "calling (the) roll" or "taking (the) roll". It is a roll call.
Every morning, after roll call, we recited The Lord's Prayer, then sang Oh Canada, and God Save The Queen.
by trolley
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Legroom
Replies: 4
Views: 6209

Re: Legroom

I'm a little surprised by that Yourdictionary.com definition. I thought armrests were the defining factor in a captain's chair. In our house, the captain's chair was Dad's chair, at the head of the table. Dining room sets often came with one or two captain's chairs (for the head and/or foot of the t...
by trolley
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The current weather
Replies: 11
Views: 12660

Re: The current weather

It's currently 6C (43F) and raining and the forecast is for much the same for the next week. That's 1 or 2 degrees C above average for this time of year
by trolley
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The current weather
Replies: 11
Views: 12660

Re: The current weather

I was taught the Imperial System when I was in elementary school and was in my early teens when Canada switched to metric. I use a hodge-podge of the two systems. I think in Imperial. I would say that something is a "couple of miles" down the road rather than "about three kilometres". Even though we...
by trolley
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: flip off
Replies: 3
Views: 7052

Re: flip off

It's probably a good idea to avoid trying to communicate through gestures when you are travelling abroad...
https://people.howstuffworks.com/10-obs ... -world.htm
by trolley
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: flip off
Replies: 3
Views: 7052

Re: flip off

Ken, I definitely remember hearing (and using) that phrase prior to the 70s. Surely, "flipping someone off" is just a shortened version of "flipping them the bird"...and that goes back as far as I can remember. Maybe it's a Canadian thing...we're really not all that polite!
by trolley
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It's December
Replies: 1
Views: 7127

Re: It's December

I thought the other reindeer (the one that used to call Rudolph names) was named "Olive"...
by trolley
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Laundromat
Replies: 6
Views: 6741

Re: Laundromat

A laundromat (or laundrette) is a place where customers go to launder clothes themselves. The customer does all the work...loading the washers, swapping the clothes over to the dryer and folding. They are just paying for the use of the equipment. It's been many years since I used a laundromat , but ...
by trolley
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Most-hated pet names for female partners revealed
Replies: 13
Views: 36317

Re: Most-hated pet names for female partners revealed

I have to say, I really enjoy it when a new person signs on and starts rooting around and pulling up old threads. Keep looking, Paul.
by trolley
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Picking up
Replies: 3
Views: 7147

Re: Picking up

No, here it means getting all your stuff together (physically and metaphorically).
picking up and moving = packing up and moving
by trolley
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A party
Replies: 3
Views: 6104

Re: A party

Yes, it's quite common, over here. Many businesses have a "customer appreciation" event once or twice a year. They may offer special discounts, serve food and award prizes.
by trolley
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 9
Views: 9776

Re: How old are you?

The only time you're really safe, asking someone's age, is when you are talking to kids. They are always more than happy to tell you how old they are.
by trolley
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Death of the apostrophe
Replies: 2
Views: 8457

Death of the apostrophe

an article from our local newspaper this morning

https://www.timescolonist.com/news/loca ... 1.24030456
by trolley
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 16747

Re: Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas

Those kids sure have it tough over there. The worst thing a North American child has to worry about is getting a lump of coal or a rotten poatato in their stocking. Icelandic kids are in danger of being eaten by Gryla, German kids may be stuffed in a sack and carted off to hell, and Portuguese child...