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by trolley
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used to tie
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: Thing used to tie

Those are twist ties. Although, I guess, a "thread" could be anything long and thin, I don't think you'd ever hear a native speaker calling those things threads. Most folks would probably be referring to some flexible fiber like cotton, wool or nylon when they say thread...something you could attach...
by trolley
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Medicine
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Medicine

Dimenhydrinate is probably the most common drug used for this."Gravol" is a major brand name containing dimenhydrinate and has become genericized, around here. Most people would just say they are taking a couple of "Gravol" (even though it may be "Dramamine")
by trolley
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 14
Views: 1684

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

Here's a related quote from an 1881 biography of Andrew Jackson Potter written by Rev. H.A. Graves:

" Great door-shutters turn round on the bolts of small hinges; so on the fine pivot of the WILL turns the character, the destiny."
by trolley
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 14
Views: 1684

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

Well done. I missed those 1885 quotes. That takes Clem out of the running, as Paula suspected. It is awfully similar to the Dickens' quote "A very little key will open a very heavy door" that is paraphrased in that excerpt from New Outlook Volume 31. It almost sounds as if they are two parts of the ...
by trolley
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 14
Views: 1684

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

I thought the same thing, Tony. I looked to see if it was a reworded biblical quote. There are plenty of door references in the bible, but nothing close to this. I believe it has been adopted by the Christian faithful, though. There are numerous quotes from sermons and other religious writings along...
by trolley
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Judas Goat
Replies: 3
Views: 981

Re: Judas Goat

BonnieL wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:08 pm
Don't think too badly of the goat - he's being used. Of course, I happen to like goats. :)
Those meddling kids?
by trolley
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Judas Goat
Replies: 3
Views: 981

Judas Goat

I recently heard someone being described as a "Judas Goat". That was a new one, for me. My first hought was that it meant (or was related to) "scapegoat", but that didn't really fit with the rest of the story. As it turns out, a Judas goat is a trained goat used to lead sheep or cattle to the slaugh...
by trolley
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Straws
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: Straws

We call those "stir sticks". They are used for mixing cream and/or sugar in take-out cups of coffee or tea. Folks don't usually drink hot beverages through straws but I have (not very often) seen these stir sticks being used for that. Real drinking straws are much longer than these stirrers.
by trolley
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: List
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: List

Not quite, Steve. A list is something you would get "on", not "into" and you probably wouldn't get there by falling.
"Did our country get on the list?"
"Did our country make the list?"
by trolley
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Emoji
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: Emoji

OPL
by trolley
Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Emoji
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Emoji

...just when I was starting to understand all the abbreviations and acronyms, now I get messages with no words, at all...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/emoji ... -1.4577456
by trolley
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sideboards
Replies: 3
Views: 885

Sideboards

One of my all-time favourite movies is The Man Who Would Be King. It’s such great fun. The other night I was watching it for the umpteenth time. There is a scene early in the film where Peachy (Michael Caine’s character) is describing his mate, Danny (Sean Connery). He says, “He’s a big man with lon...
by trolley
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Holder
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Holder

I'd go with "holster".
by trolley
Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hagiographic
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: hagiographic

Good find, Ken. That's a keeper. It seems like there's a couple of different flavours in those quotes. On the one hand, it's a biography of someone who has been cannonized. On the other, it's a biography written in such an (overly?) reverent manner that it portrays the person in an awesome manner......
by trolley
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 73
Views: 36429

Re: Good Quotes

Many a good argument is ruined by some fool with an internet connection. No kidding. I remember the good old days when you could debate for hours in the pub over some minor bit of trivia or the results of a sporting event that took place twenty years before. Now, someone just pulls out their smartp...