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by trolley
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"
Replies: 11
Views: 2489

Re: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"

I'm not sure what the "rules" are. I agree that "to office" doesn't make sense but, I have to admit,the UK "going to hospital" sounds totally alien to these old Canadian ears. We would only go to " the hospital". I'll bet there are others, but I can't think of them. Would a Brit "call cops" or would...
by trolley
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tuesdays
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Re: Tuesdays

It reminds me of the joke about the old Jewish fellow who was hit by a car. As the bystanders are attending to him on the roadside, one tucks a rolled-up coat under his head, as a pillow and asks "Are you comfortable?"
"I do ok. I have a small jewelry store a couple of streets over"
by trolley
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tuesdays
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Re: Tuesdays

When the wellness officer asks "how flexible are you?" he is asking about physical flexibilty (the bendiness of the other person's body). The other person assumes he is asking about how flexible his schedule is and replies "I can't make Tuesdays", meaning that he is not available to take a class on ...
by trolley
Tue May 29, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Device for kids
Replies: 2
Views: 1303

Re: Device for kids

Well, I've never seen that contraption before. A quick Google search just seems to bring up descriptions...baby walking assistant, walking harness. Some brand names are Willa Walker, Baby Wings and Sure Steps. At first I thought it was a "jolly jumper". They looked similar but the cords were elastic...
by trolley
Wed May 23, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dangling modifier?
Replies: 6
Views: 1637

Re: dangling modifier?

I'm a little reluctant to display my lack of grammar acumen but I have to ask... Isn't "through the door" the modifier? Because of its placement, wouldn't it modify "the thief". I read all of those to mean that the thief was escaping through the door and not the kicker. When I read them, that's what...
by trolley
Tue May 22, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Game
Replies: 3
Views: 1513

Re: Game

I'm not sure I've heard it used that way before. Game has many definitions but to say that "I am game " or "you are game" usually means to be up for a challenge. You are in agreement, ready and willing to participate. "We're heading to the pub for a couple and then over to Bob's for a bit of poker. ...
by trolley
Tue May 22, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dangling modifier?
Replies: 6
Views: 1637

Re: dangling modifier?

Just don't dangle(or misplace) them and nobody will have to wonder whether it's you, or the elephant, who was wearing the pajamas.
by trolley
Tue May 22, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: in tall/high cotton - shittin' in tall/high cotton
Replies: 22
Views: 37390

Re: in tall/high cotton - shittin' in tall/high cotton

Welcome aboard, Fuzzy. I can cotton to that explanation.
by trolley
Fri May 18, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: conservative kidney
Replies: 9
Views: 3406

Re: conservative kidney

I wonder if someone could "change their kidney" towards something. I googled aound but kept coming up with stories about medical problems and procedures. It was so depressing, I gave up looking. Welcome Eliza
by trolley
Sun May 13, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to pay and watch
Replies: 2
Views: 1342

Re: to pay and watch

This had me wonder where the idea that you cannot begin a sentence with a conjuction ever came from. This was drilled into my head as one of the unbreakable rules. Years later, I discovered that this was not the case but, even still, when I see a sentence begin with "and"...it gives me pause.
by trolley
Fri May 11, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bathroom device
Replies: 5
Views: 1740

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: 1495

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: 2005

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: 1288

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: 1419

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.