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by trolley
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vehicle
Replies: 2
Views: 414

Re: Vehicle

I call them carts. Your photo shows the iconic New York hot dog cart. During the summer, you might see someone selling frozen treats from an ice cream cart. These carts (or wagons) are movable...some are pushed by hand, some are towed behind a bicycle or automobile. I have also heard them called hot...
by trolley
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cutting the long red thing
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Cutting the long red thing

Bonnie is right. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are used to mark the grand opening of an event, business or construction project. It celebrates the completion of the project rather than the start of it. The start of a construction project is often marked by a "ground-breaking" or "sod-turning" event as B...
by trolley
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Watches
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Re: Watches

Your sentence regarding the first example is correct. I am not aware of any specific name that differentiates a watch displaying Roman numerals from one that displays Arabic ("regular") numbers. There are, however two different watches in your three examples that do have specific names. #1 and #3 ar...
by trolley
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Certainly
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: Certainly

There are many ways to respond to a thank you. They cover the spectrum from “You’re welcome”, all the way through “no sweat” and every shade in between. There’s even more opinions on which ones are acceptable. I wouldn’t say that “certainly” is a common response around here, especially from people y...
by trolley
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Deflationary times
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Re: Deflationary times

Damn it! He let me down, as well.
by trolley
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rider
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: Rider

Your statement is correct but it sounds anything but natural. That rider is doing (performing, pulling, popping) a "wheel stand". Usually it is just referred to as a "wheelie".
by trolley
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chair
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Re: Chair

That style is known as a "cantilever chair". When I was growing up, in the sixties, our kitchen set had those type of chairs. They were quite modern. These are sometimes called "Cesca chairs" but Cescas are actually a specific type of cantilever chair with a woven cane seat and back.
by trolley
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Pillow
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Re: Pillow

Somehow Bob, I knew you'd appreciate that one.
by trolley
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Pillow
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Pillow

I just saw an advert for the new corduroy pillow. Apparently, it's really making headlines.
by trolley
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pineapple
Replies: 10
Views: 685

Re: Pineapple

Wow, the things you learn here… I have no idea if there is a word to describe the unpleasant sensation one gets after eating pineapple. My first thought was “Holy smokes, Steven. You do realize you have to peel them first!” I’ve eaten a lot of pineapple in my life and never experienced or heard of a...
by trolley
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: An operation

More often than not, in North America it would be called a "C-section", rather than its proper name.
by trolley
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pants
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: Pants

In my school, in the late sixties, the guys wore flares and the girls wore bell bottoms. By the early seventies, "bell bottoms" was the term used both both genders. It was considered "cool" to open up the seams at the bottom of your jeans and have triangles of material stitched in to make your bells...
by trolley
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Negative
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: Negative

I'd agree that "negative" (meaning "no") is more likely to be said to an adult. I believe it is a military useage and is the opposite of "affirmative". The addition of "big fat" does make it sound a little childish, though. 'Big fat' is kid-speak for absolute, definite, or to the highest degree.
by trolley
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Mouse
Replies: 8
Views: 464

Re: Mouse

I agree with Bonnie and I think the "white" part, aside from being unnecessary, sounds unnatural. Is that lab mouse white, or is it a mouse that comes from a white lab? I wouldn't shop for a green boy's shirt, unless of course, my son was green...
by trolley
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Italian Chef
Replies: 6
Views: 724

Re: Italian Chef

I just heard that he had no life insurance. The poor wife was left without a penne...