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by trolley
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: restrictive/non-restrictive
Replies: 5
Views: 436

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: 246

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: 206

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: 436

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.
by trolley
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: The only challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 5042

Re: The only challenge

Only she told only him that only she loved only him.
by trolley
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: The only challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 5042

Re: The only challenge

She told him that she loved him. 1) Only she told him that she loved him…she was the only person to tell him 2) She only told him that she loved him… she didn’t tell him anything else 3) She told only him that she loved him…she didn’t tell anyone else 4) She told him only that she loved him...same m...
by trolley
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby's party
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: A baby's party

What a tangle! After rereading my post, I thought maybe I should explain to Steve that “coming out” does not refer to the baby’s physical journey through the birth canal but rather his “debut” or first public appearance…at least, in my mind. But, wait… in recent years, the term “coming out” has been...
by trolley
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A baby's party
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: A baby's party

My first thought was "this isn't something we normally celebrate but I guess it would be a type of birthday party". When I Googled around a bit and read about this Asian custom, it made a little more sense. It's not a celebration of the day the baby was born...it is more like a "coming out" party wh...
by trolley
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vegetables container
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Re: Vegetables container

In a broad sense, it's a planter box. More specifically, I'd go with window box or window planter box.
by trolley
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Missing
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Re: Missing

Tony..."off the drip"? I've never heard that and Google offers up nothing. I imagine it's a reference to an IV drip....when you're "off the drip", you're in recovery. If that's not what it means, I think it should.
by trolley
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Taxis
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Taxis

I'd say safety screen, driver shield, drivers cage or something like that. I'm not sure if there's an "official" name.
by trolley
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sea change
Replies: 10
Views: 927

Sea change

Here’s my lesson for the day. While reading an article on U.S. gun control, on CNN, I came across this sentence “There's been a sea change over the last two decades when it comes to the reasons why people own guns.” A sea change? It was obviously a typo but I wondered what they really meant to say. ...
by trolley
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dating
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: Dating

Depending upon your definition of "dates", the term "gigolo" might apply. It describes a man in an ongoing relationship with an older woman. She pays for his company by financially supporting him. He is a "kept man".
by trolley
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wallpapers
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Wallpapers

Their presence may not ensure that the car will sell like hot cakes, but it is a proven advertising strategy to help them sell. I didn’t see that wallpaper quote anywhere in the article. I have never heard it before. Is it something that you came up with? I’ll take a swing at it. The meaning of “wal...
by trolley
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Calendar
Replies: 2
Views: 312

Re: Calendar

I'm not sure I'd call it an "antonym" but most western countries use a solar calendar.