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by trolley
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tap water
Replies: 5
Views: 4450

Re: Tap water

We call them "drinking fountains". I guess it's a sign of the times, but when I was a kid they were everywhere... in department stores, bus depots, random spots on the sidewalk downtown...
by trolley
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Second to none
Replies: 2
Views: 3274

Re: Second to none

Most certainly, it can apply to a person. Your example is perfect. When you apply it to a person, you need some sort of qualifier, explaining in what way they you think they are second to none...as a cook, as a Mom , as a friend, as a bullshitter, etc. You wouldn't just say "Julia is second to none"...
by trolley
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dodge to be
Replies: 5
Views: 4326

Re: Dodge to be

...and it probably won't be the last time!
by trolley
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dodge to be
Replies: 5
Views: 4326

Re: Dodge to be

Is it just me, or does using "doctor" (change in order to deceive) in a statement about something medical seem to somehow detract from the statement? I immediately thought there was some (attempt at) humour injected in there and questioned how serious the statement was. For some reason, I would not ...
by trolley
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Alexander-esque moment
Replies: 4
Views: 4269

Re: Alexander-esque moment

Oh....that Alexander. I was racking my brain, trying to work out exactly how side-swiping your husband's car related to one of history's greatest military strategists...
by trolley
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Unbelievable
Replies: 0
Views: 5659

Unbelievable

Heard in the wild, at work:

" I have to say...I'm a little skeptable"

The funny thing is... I don't ever trust a word this guy says. He really is a little skeptable.
by trolley
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 10th grade
Replies: 5
Views: 4577

Re: 10th grade

They both may be "grammatical and natural to use", but for some reason (that I can't explain), #1 seems a little oddly worded. There is something about the "only went to school until 10th grade" part that doesn't sit right with me. I'm not sure it's incorrect, but I wouldn't say it that way.
by trolley
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hot Mess
Replies: 1
Views: 4763

Hot Mess

This is one of those phrases that just seemed to come out of nowhere and, very quickly, be everywhere. I heard it for about the tenth time in the last couple of days and wondered how and when it started. Here's a quick read, with some surprising facts for anyone else who is curious. https://www.merr...
by trolley
Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Only ever
Replies: 11
Views: 5676

Re: Only ever

G. No one else buys eggs for my dog.
by trolley
Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Only ever
Replies: 11
Views: 5676

Re: Only ever

F. If I need eggs, I always steal them. I only buy eggs for my dog.
by trolley
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: probably the most unhealthy thing
Replies: 7
Views: 4773

Re: probably the most unhealthy thing

"I guess one way to read '1' is that dessert was probably the most unhealthy thing you could eat on the menu."

I don't really see any other way to read that.(I'm not up on my "colon rules") If the intended meaning was "she chose the most unhealthy dessert"... then just say that...easy -peasy!
by trolley
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for something he didn't do
Replies: 2
Views: 3269

Re: for something he didn't do

The more I look at these, the more unsure I am of their intended meanings. It shouldn't be that hard to glean what someone is trying to say...if it is, then it should be expressed differently. Unless I have missed the point all these years, surely the idea is to communicate precisely and effectively...
by trolley
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hector
Replies: 1
Views: 2378

hector

While listening to a couple of US political pundits, after that schoolyard fight last night, I heard the word “hector” used to describe one of the debaters (guess who?). One of them was “hectoring” the other. I thought I had misheard “heckle/heckling”. That certainly seemed to fit what I seen on the...
by trolley
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: LIDS
Replies: 8
Views: 5417

Re: LIDS

I guess it's like "putting a lid" on something:
https://politicaldictionary.com/words/lid/
by trolley
Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thanks a bunch
Replies: 11
Views: 5603

Re: Thanks a bunch

Steve, it was a joke...or at least, an attempt at one. I was referring to my life-long misinterpretation of the phrase "thanks a bunch" and hinting that now I have to reconsider what people really mean every time they thank me. You've made over 2800 posts here and I'd wager that about 50% of those w...