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by trolley
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cooking device
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Re: Cooking device

That would be a blow torch over here, as well. Sometimes they are defined by the type of gas used; propane torch, butane torch, MAPP torch. The ones you buy at the hardware store that are used for soldering or other types of metalworking can all be used in the kitchen to "bronze" food but they do ma...
by trolley
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Foam and cling film
Replies: 6
Views: 1188

Re: Foam and cling film

I was thinking the same thing... a fifty-cent item with a shelf life of a few days in a package with a half-life of a few centuries. Criminal!
by trolley
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trousers
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Trousers

Those are "chaps" (pronounced "shaps"). Depends on where you are. I've only heard them pronounced like the person or chapped lips. I always pronounced it as "ch" too but it seems I would often be corrected by someone "in the know". All the "horsey" people I know pronounce it with the "sh" sound. Th...
by trolley
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trousers
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Trousers

Those are "chaps" (pronounced "shaps"). They are thick leather leg coverings, worn over trousers. They protect a horse-riders legs when riding through thick under-brush or to protect from injuries when roping cattle or horses. They are a pretty common part of a cowboy's attire and are often seen in ...
by trolley
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: February
Replies: 8
Views: 1427

February

I am curious to know how other wizards pronounce the word “February”. I understand that Feb-you-ary is an acceptable variant …but not according to my teachers. The notion of that pronunciation being incorrect was reinforced so thoroughly when I was in school that it still causes a slight ripple in m...
by trolley
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Stock
Replies: 2
Views: 663

Re: Stock

I'd be more inclined to say "back from the edge". The "ledge", when used that way, often hints at suicide or self-inflicted damage. It comes from the idea (often portrayed in movies) that someone is standing on the window ledge, considering jumping, and another person pulls them back or talks them o...
by trolley
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: crack any code
Replies: 5
Views: 874

Re: crack any code

I was wrong.
by trolley
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes
Replies: 7
Views: 1003

Re: Clothes

...or "jammies/jammers"
by trolley
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: POTTER/PUTTER?
Replies: 3
Views: 726

Re: POTTER/PUTTER?

It's the same pronunciation as the golf club....rhymes with butter.
by trolley
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Malaphor?
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Malaphor?

Bob, if you tell her this one, she might not feel so bad. Years ago, my buddy and I returned from a weekend fishing trip. As I was dropping him off at his house, his wife came out and asked us how the trip went. He told her that we had a great time, the fishing was good and we even got a couple of "...
by trolley
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: POTTER/PUTTER?
Replies: 3
Views: 726

POTTER/PUTTER?

I was reading something, this morning, about a man who heard a noise in his back yard and assumed it was his neighbor “pottering” around on the other side of the fence. That was a new one, for me. I have only ever “puttered”. In fact, it is one of my favourite pastimes. I putter in the kitchen, the ...
by trolley
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 1970

Re: unami

That's curious. I've only ever seen (heard) the word as "u m ami". I'll admit I had never heard it until about 10 or 15 years ago, when I became more interested in cooking. The only definitions I can find for u n ami in OneLook is as a North American Native language. Maybe those quotes are just typos.
by trolley
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Malaphor?
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Malaphor?

Heard in the wild, today:
"you can't make an old dog change his spots."
by trolley
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pearl-clutching, pearl clutching
Replies: 2
Views: 1181

Re: pearl-clutching, pearl clutching

Good one, Ken. I've never heard it either but I like it. I like it a lot. "A pearl-clutching swoon". That's a great visual...I can see it now. There always seemed to be a lot of "pearl-clutching" going on in those old Marx Brothers movies.
by trolley
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not six feet
Replies: 7
Views: 1640

Re: not six feet

I can't seem to articulate the difference either, but I think I, somehow "know" when they can be interchanged. In this case, they can't be. The man is six feet tall. He is a six foot tall man. He is not a six feet tall man. The man is not six foot tall. Maybe we have just dropped the hyphen(s). It s...