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by trolley
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Smoking device
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Smoking device

I've never seen those bamboo pipes before. Another article says that the draw is taken through water to cool the smoke like a hookah or other water pipe. Those must be the inspiration for the "bong" which I thought was an invention of the '70s.
by trolley
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ashtray
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Ashtray

When I was in elementary school we did a fair bit of pottery and clay sculpting. I was terrrible at it, however I always felt safe in the knowledge that no matter how poorly the project was turning out, you only needed to take a pencil and gouge a few grooves around the edge and...voila...you had an...
by trolley
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wine
Replies: 6
Views: 328

Re: Wine

An oenophile could be either, but a wine guy is a guy. I guess his counter part would be a wine girl or a wine gal or something like that although I've never heard those terms used. Actually, I've never used "oenophile" or "wine guy" either. I probably call them wine-lovers or connoisseurs.
by trolley
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat and jacket
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: Hat and jacket

Nice photo, Tony. I think my Mum had some of those things covering the extra tissue rolls stacked on the tank of the toilet!
by trolley
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: we have anything you need
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: we have anything you need

I really can't say why, but I wouldn't use "anything she needs" without adding a "might", a "may", or a "could possibly".
We have anything a young mother might need.
by trolley
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Farewell
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Farewell

The person for whom the party (any party) is being thrown is known as "the guest of honour". The person who arranges or holds the party is "the host". The host and the guest of honour are not usually the same person...unless, of course, your name is Bilbo Baggins.
by trolley
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Light
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: Light

Carriage house lamps/lights/lanterns.
by trolley
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: more books than you've seen

do you agree with what I say about '2'? 2) I've read more books than you own in your library. I think '2' basically means the number of books I have read is greater than the number of books in your library. We have three possibilities: a) I have read all the books you own in your library and then s...
by trolley
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: more books than you've seen
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: more books than you've seen

"I think in '1' the assumption would be that I have read all the books in my library and then some" I would assume that's what's meant but that's not what's being said. "1) I've read more books than you've seen in my library." You could have 1000 books in your library, but I have only seen 99 of the...
by trolley
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mangosteens
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: Mangosteens

I am not too familiar with mangosteens but when talking about those natural divisions in citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit ) you call them "segments".
by trolley
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Making a dig at
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: Making a dig at

You'd be more likely to hear " taking a dig at...", around here. It means the same thing as Erik (and you) have suggested. Alternatives could be taking a poke, taking a jab, taking a swing. It's often meant as a somewhat less than serious slur. Not a "real" insult, but more like something you'd say ...
by trolley
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: restrictive/non-restrictive
Replies: 5
Views: 430

Re: restrictive/non-restrictive

Somehow, that comma is getting in my way. The only thing that was left in the house was the (singular) piano, (because it was) too heavy to be carried by one person. The only thing that was left in the house was the piano too heavy to be carried by one person (as opposed to the other piano that coul...
by trolley
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at the age of
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: at the age of

Is it "correct"? I think it's correct but seven months old seems a little young to own a dog. :wink:
Consider this:
"I became interested in girls at the age of twelve."
...am I a normal boy or am I some creepy old man who fantasizes about preteens?
by trolley
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used on a dining table
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: Thing used on a dining table

Those are place mats.
by trolley
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: restrictive/non-restrictive
Replies: 5
Views: 430

Re: restrictive/non-restrictive

I think they could all be used if there was only one piano but only #4 excludes the possibility of multiple pianos.