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by trolley
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bricolage
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: bricolage

My first thought was that there had to be a connection to the term "bric a brac" but I don't see that anywhere.
by trolley
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toilet paper roll
Replies: 10
Views: 607

Re: Toilet paper roll

I just about spewed a nosefull of coffee on my keyboard when I read Steve's question and then I felt kind of bad for having such a twisted mind...I felt better after reading Bob's comment. Who's going to explain it when Steven asks "what's going on?"
by trolley
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Can't be arsed
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: Can't be arsed

I always wondered about a "half-arsed effort". I don't ever recall any of my coaches winding us up with a pregame pep-talk about going out there and giving our full arse...
by trolley
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Figures of fun
Replies: 1
Views: 1029

Re: Figures of fun

A period walks into a bar and makes a full stop.

An infinitive walks into a bar and then splits.

Because a fragment walked into a bar.
by trolley
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Beach umbrella
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Beach umbrella

I am only familiar with the ones in Mexico. There, they are called "palapas".
by trolley
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Can't be arsed
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: Can't be arsed

Good one, Bob. The "asked" theory didn't make much sense to me because I'd never heard the expression "couldn't be asked" before. I just now realized how it works... "I wouldn't do it, even if I was asked ".
by trolley
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Can't be arsed
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Can't be arsed

I read, this morning about a fellow who “couldn’t be arsed to change the music.” Canadian English is an odd mix of British and American English, so I am familiar with the word “arse”. This was new to me, though. I thought perhaps it was a typo for “asked” but that really didn’t seem to make much sen...
by trolley
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 1030

Re: currently sat

I am currently laid in bed, wondering if I could be layed in bed. You know I'm not lying.
by trolley
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 1030

Re: currently sat

Thanks all. I think I'm getting it. There seems to be more of a "sense of purpose". Being stood or sat feels a bit like being posed or placed. You're making a statement...you are doing more than just sitting or standing.
by trolley
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 1030

currently sat

I read the following post today, on line: “I'm currently sat drinking tea and eating biccies” I’ve never heard this construction before. Is it legit? She would have been previously sat or currently sitting (or seated). Can she be currently sat? Somehow, it almost sounds OK…but maybe that’s because I...
by trolley
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Career
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Career

Steve, your kite analogy is pretty close to the mark. I would use verbs that convey the idea of "going up". His or her career is soaring, rising, flying high, taking off...
by trolley
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Detox the body
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: Detox the body

That therapy is considered as "alternative medicine" or "pseudoscience", in the west. The second photo shows hot cupping. Judging by the first photo, the technique seems to have been modernized with pumps creating the suction rather than the heating and cooling of air inside the cup.
by trolley
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: talked to him first
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Re: talked to him first

...maybe he's asking to have the ruler slid to him...he wants the pass made while the ruler stays in contact with the table ;-)
by trolley
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A kind of vehicle
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: A kind of vehicle

In fact, they are so "not popular" where I live I don't think they even have an English name. They go by various other names, depending upon where you are. I have probably heard the term "tuk-tuk" used more than any other.
by trolley
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Purely out of curiosity: loth/loath
Replies: 5
Views: 448

Re: Purely out of curiosity: loth/loath

I'd write it as loath (rhymes with "both"). I always read Bob's
example with a different pronunciation and a different meaning.