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by trolley
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 1069

Re: Peachy

A douchebag is a feminine hygiene apparatus. About 25 or 30 years ago I started hearing it used as an insult. It seems to have really gained traction in the last few years. It describes an obnoxious, contemptable person (usually male). It' was similar to sleazy (sleaze bag) with a touch of smarmy an...
by trolley
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 1069

Re: Peachy

The tricky part is that it is not always meant sarcastically. Sometimes, when people say they are "peachy", they are just that... pretty damned good, can't complain, things could be a lot worse.
by trolley
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: mung (the verb)
Replies: 2
Views: 675

Re: mung (the verb)

When I was a kid, "mung" was used to describe something that was dirty, rotten, slimy, bad, spoiled, disgusting, etc. "You forgot to put that milk back in the fridge. Now it's gone all mungy" "Wash your hands. You've got mung all over them." "Thanks a lot. You really munged that up for me" I still r...
by trolley
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 16586

Re: blind men on galloping horses

I've never heard the galloping horse bit. My Grandmother would say "a blind man would be happy to see that", meaning the severity of an error, omission or imperfection was determined by a individual's point of view. At least, that what I took it to mean. Somehow, I keep thinking about those "poor st...
by trolley
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kleptocracy
Replies: 4
Views: 919

Re: kleptocracy

That's a new one on me, Ken. It started me thinking about rule by other particular groups and I came across this https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/07/18/words-ending-with-cracy/ Some of these sounded so outrageous I wasn't sure if they were joking or not... pornocracy= government by prostitut...
by trolley
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 836

Re: Charmed

I agree with both of Erik's comments. It also seems very old-fashioned and quite formal.. I don't think I've ever heard it used in a real conversation. Often, when I come across it (in movies or books) it is followed by "I'm sure". That always sounded peculiar to me. Even when "charmed, I'm sure" is...
by trolley
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 1356

Re: Do someone else's work

:shock:
by trolley
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 1356

Re: Do someone else's work

Thanks everyone. I'm truly humbled by all your help and support. I may never have to do anything for myself again.
John
by trolley
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 12602

Re: Finger food for thought

It is is to be misunderstood when you speak with your tongue pressed against your cheek. No whub i mee?
by trolley
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 12602

Re: Finger food for thought

Thanks! That's not the sort of history that's taught in public schools here. Which raises another issue. In the UK, "public schools" are private schools. "State schools" are public schools. Go figure! ...and yet, I believe you use the terms "private sector" and "public sector" in the same way as we...
by trolley
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: One's own bomb
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: One's own bomb

Even before I knew what a "petard" was, the idea of being hoist(ed?) by one's own sounded quite painful.
by trolley
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: One's own bomb
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: One's own bomb

His boss's plan backfired.
His boss was caught in his own trap.
by trolley
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kayfabe
Replies: 2
Views: 958

Re: kayfabe

I've never heard that one before. I found a couple more theories about its origin, neither of which sound all that believable. Then again, that Pig-Latin story seems like a bit of a stretch, too. One theory is that there was once a professional wrestler named "Kay Fabian", who was mute. The other on...
by trolley
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chrome circle
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: Chrome circle

I've never seen such a thing...at least, not with food hanging on it. It reminds me of a ferris wheel.
by trolley
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cooking device
Replies: 2
Views: 749

Re: Cooking device

That would be a blow torch over here, as well. Sometimes they are defined by the type of gas used; propane torch, butane torch, MAPP torch. The ones you buy at the hardware store that are used for soldering or other types of metalworking can all be used in the kitchen to "bronze" food but they do ma...