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by trolley
Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clean house
Replies: 5
Views: 1663

Re: Clean house

It does, to me.
by trolley
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clean house
Replies: 5
Views: 1663

Re: Clean house

Yes, it does. When one "cleans house", they discard things that are no longer needed. These things may be out-dated, broken, or perhaps you just don't like them anymore. Starting a new job, getting a divorce, quitting smoking/drinking, could all been seen as cleaning house. "Putting/getting your hou...
by trolley
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Modern match
Replies: 2
Views: 1762

Re: Modern match

Flint match, survival match, permanent match.
by trolley
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not letting
Replies: 3
Views: 2793

Re: not letting

If you really want to be sure there is no misunderstanding...try "Get the fuck out of my way" :)
by trolley
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Full Stop
Replies: 0
Views: 1989

Full Stop

I'm giving up drinking until Christmas.
Sorry...I meant
"I'm giving up. Drinking until Christmas.
by trolley
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Route
Replies: 2
Views: 2779

Re: Route

#1 is closer to the idea being expressed, except, in this case it's not really a way or direction between two places. It's a way or direction between two (or more) choices. Imagine that your final "destination" is a Thanksgiving dinner. A traditional American Thanksgiving dinner is usually a roast t...
by trolley
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not everyone
Replies: 1
Views: 2255

Re: not everyone

I think your best bet would be to find whoever wrote/said that and ask them exactly what they mean. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Nothing good ever comes from purposeful ambiguity.
by trolley
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: hospital corners
Replies: 18
Views: 5826

Re: hospital corners

It's just a little too restrictive, for me. First thing I do when I get into a hotel bed is kick my feet around a bit to loosen it up. I'm not really into foot- bondage.
by trolley
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Come close
Replies: 3
Views: 3227

Re: Come close

Not really. "No place comes close" means that it is so much better than any other choice, it's hardly worth comparing. Saying "no place is similar" is not nearly as strong (of) a statement.
by trolley
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Run a red light
Replies: 5
Views: 3464

Re: Run a red light

#1 might be taken as a threat and #2 doesn't really make any sense...I'd probably just consider myself lucky and drive on or give him the "palms up" gesture, which (around here) means "what the fuck were you thinking?"
by trolley
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: too good
Replies: 5
Views: 3688

Re: too good

That's odd. I always thought that the construction "too good of a person" sounded more "proper" and that "too good a person" was informal. Turns out, it's the other way around (if you believe that "of" can be used at all, in these circumstances.) I didn't even realize there was a debate on whether i...
by trolley
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Roger
Replies: 6
Views: 4431

Re: Roger

It's fairly common around here. I use it, myself. In the phonetic alphabet (often used by the military) "Roger" stood for the letter "R". Used in a reply, Roger means "R", which means "received", which means I understand what you are saying. "Copy that" means the same thing but is not from the phone...
by trolley
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drool
Replies: 2
Views: 2883

Re: Drool

"Makes my mouth water" would be my choice. "Drool" has a bit of a negative hint to it. When I think "drool", I think of a dog and imagine the saliva actually running out of its mouth. Dogs drool, babies drool, people with dementia or other neurological disorders might drool. Try Googling "slobber" (...
by trolley
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Absent-minded
Replies: 5
Views: 3737

Re: Absent-minded

Certainly, #2 is more common. In fact, I had to check and see if forgettery was even a real word. It is, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've encountered it. Maybe I just unremembered it. Somewhat coincidently (this being Remembrance Day), "forgettance" is also a word...9:00 am and I've a...
by trolley
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Point straight at
Replies: 3
Views: 3547

Re: Point straight at

If you are talking about having the fan move back and forth to alter the direction of air flow, that movement is known as oscillation
You feel more comfortable when the fan is oscillating.