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by trolley
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The facilities
Replies: 4
Views: 2175

Re: The facilities

You do hear it here, but less and less, it seems. I think it's somewhat old fashioned...but not too old fashioned for me.
by trolley
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Toilet product
Replies: 5
Views: 2521

Re: Toilet product

The big white ones that were in the urinal were known as Scotch mints, at my school.
by trolley
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In all honesty
Replies: 5
Views: 2398

Re: In all honesty

Yes, Steve, a good question indeed. Phil has covered it pretty well but I'd like to expand on another of the subtleties. "We tend to use "in all honesty" when we know that what we want to say will be difficult for the user..." It may not just be difficult because the listener could find it upsetting...
by trolley
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Translations
Replies: 3
Views: 2510

Re: Translations

BTW... I liked the "BTY" part. By the Y? Back to you? Been there yesterday?
by trolley
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Coronavirus guidelines
Replies: 1
Views: 2012

Re: Coronavirus guidelines

Finally, clarity.
by trolley
Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: onboarding
Replies: 2
Views: 3463

onboarding

I was on a telephone conference this morning and the Procurement Manager from our sister company was talking about expanding their selection of products. He said they planned to "onboard" several new lines. That jumped out at me because I'd never heard that useage before. Who verbed that while I was...
by trolley
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It's not flooded with water
Replies: 7
Views: 2662

Re: It's not flooded with water

People would certainly understand what you meant, Steve, but it's probably not the way a native speaker would word it.
"You can walk to the island, on the sandbar (spit, tombolo) that connects it to the mainland"
BTW...where is that...it's beautiful!
by trolley
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?
Replies: 3
Views: 2007

Re: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?

Personally, I suspect the number of telemarketers in Hell is greater than most people would suppose, and the number of incessant tuneless whistlers somewhat lower. and I somehow doubt there is a large parking lot full of abandoned hand-baskets despite how many people claim that to be their preferre...
by trolley
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Coronavirus machine
Replies: 2
Views: 2144

Re: Coronavirus machine

I'm not too sure what the machine is called, but the process is called fumigation. A chemical gas or fine mist is sprayed to control insects, bacteria, moulds, viruses, odours. Another common term is "fogging". I might call it a fumigation gun...and I'm sure most folks would know what I was talking ...
by trolley
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 7
Views: 14328

Re: Coronavirus

It's good to read you, Bob. Cheers and good luck.
by trolley
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I was hit overseas
Replies: 2
Views: 2439

Re: I was hit overseas

Facebooker 1 is referring to being wounded in battle. He was "hit" means he was shot or struck by shrapnel and transferred to the Mercy. Wiki says the Mercy served in the Persian Gulf for six months in 90/91 during the first Gulf war.
by trolley
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 7
Views: 14328

Re: Coronavirus

The cops broke up two large house parties, just chock-a-block with revellers, this past weekend in my town. It was a lovely weekend (weather-wise) and the beaches were full with folks socializing or playing volleyball. A reporter stopped three young girls strolling arm in arm down the promenade and ...
by trolley
Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To be gone
Replies: 2
Views: 2641

Re: To be gone

Exactly Steve, but it does seem to be an odd construction. You be more likely to hear "she has been gone..." rather than "she is gone..."
It may be a regional quirk, perhaps from New York. They seem to use that jumbled time thing..."I have been driving a car since I'm 16 years old!"
by trolley
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It gets the lungs
Replies: 7
Views: 9705

Re: It gets the lungs

Sadly, there are plenty of arseholes potentially spreading in around in my province by refusing to follow some basic common-sense precautions.
by trolley
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Charge way
Replies: 3
Views: 3593

Re: Charge way

That's probably not the guy you want to be learning from. It should be "time of need", not "tine of need". Although the store he refers to may well be "convenient", I suspect he really means "convenience store". As far as your original question, he may have just fallen asleep in mid-sentence or simp...