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by trolley
Fri May 11, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bathroom device
Replies: 5
Views: 1105

Re: Bathroom device

It's called a squeegee.
by trolley
Tue May 08, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Secrets

Another way to say this is “to put/keep something in the vault”. This phrase gained a lot of traction after appearing in a few Seinfeld episodes in the 90s but I can recall using it much earlier. The idea of keeping a secret hidden away under lock and key goes back at least as far as my early childh...
by trolley
Sun May 06, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Re: All together

I'm thinking:
the all together- every piece there is-the complete package-the full monty.
by trolley
Fri May 04, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to wear in cold weather
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: to wear in cold weather

Of those three, only (8) seems to imply obligation. In (2) and (5), we're talking about a jacket to be worn... I suspect there are others I could wear that are also suitable. In (8), "that" is the jacket that is to be worn. I'm obligated.
by trolley
Thu May 03, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Twins
Replies: 5
Views: 1076

Re: Twins

I would never assume someone was preggers unless I actually saw some crowning. One should never pass up a good opportunity to keep their mouth shut.
by trolley
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 2165

Re: spoony

Nice work, Bob. Is there some significance to the attached "ball and chain"...other than the obvious? :lol:
by trolley
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: you won't believe it
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: you won't believe it

I'm not sure if #1 is correct without the comma #3 seems to work best, for me. Both #2 and #4 leave me wondering if I am going to be in disbelief because of the amount of dresses or whether the dresses, themselves, are unbelievable. "He tells so many stories, you won't believe it." (an unbelievable ...
by trolley
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grenades
Replies: 4
Views: 938

Re: Grenades

I imagine brevity was of the utmost importance when a hand-bomb landed in your trench
"Frag!".................BOOM!
"Grenade!".....BOOM!
"Potato-MasBOOM!
by trolley
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 2165

Re: spoony

"Another "spoon" is a verb referring to love-making or necking. That use of "spoon" may stem from a Welsh custom in which an engaged man presented his fiancé with an elaborately carved wooden spoon." I am surprised that they went all the way to Wales to come up with that "may stem from". It's easier...
by trolley
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mountains
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Mountains

Those are my stomping grounds, Steve...after a 90 minute ferry trip.
by trolley
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mountains
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Mountains

Steve, there are many different things you could call that. The actual structure, I would call a “deck” or “platform”. An area set aside for viewing some natural splendor is often called a “lookout” or a “view-point” (but they may or may not be man-built). If I were to describe it to someone I would...
by trolley
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shine one's knuckles
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: shine one's knuckles

Good call, Erik. Polishing up her brass knuckles makes a little more sense.
by trolley
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shine one's knuckles
Replies: 3
Views: 877

shine one's knuckles

This line is from a news article I was reading on Rabble.ca. “It won’t work, you know. She’s tougher than you. When Canada’s scumbags come at her, she shines her knuckles.” She does what? and why? It would seem that she is shining her knuckles in preparation for a fight. I am a big fan of martial ar...
by trolley
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: epistemic closure
Replies: 6
Views: 1226

Re: epistemic closure

I thought it was going to be some sort of surgical procedure.
"Even though they used an epistemic closure, I still got a nasty infection!"
by trolley
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Snow
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Re: Snow

Sounds perfectly natural, Steve. You'll probably be developing some sort of English accent soon. :D