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by trolley
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vibes
Replies: 2
Views: 1828

Re: Vibes

Car salesmen (and other salespeople who work on commission, rather than salary) have a reputation for using "highpressure" sales tactics.They may exaggerate the quality of their product, make statements that are not entirely true, or use other unethical devices in order to make a sale.This was not t...
by trolley
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crashing
Replies: 3
Views: 2218

Re: Crashing

To "crash" a party or other event is to attend without an invitation...to just show up. There is an American tradition where the president of the USA invites a sports team, that has just won a major competition, to the White House for dinner. Trump has waffled a bit on whether or not he is going to ...
by trolley
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cannot close eyes to sleep
Replies: 3
Views: 2531

Re: Cannot close eyes to sleep

"Insomnia" is a medical condition in which a person habitually has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. There are plenty of idioms for sleeping well but I can't think of too many that describe not sleeping well. You could say that you "didn't sleep a wink" or that you just "tossed and turned...
by trolley
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: piece of ass
Replies: 12
Views: 13370

Re: piece of ass

What does a (piece of) tail or a (piece of kit) resemble?
by trolley
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: after the time
Replies: 1
Views: 2434

Re: after the time

I think that "after" works in (a). It seems like an acceptable substitute for "later'. Example (b) sounds fine. That's probably how I'd expect most people to exress that idea. I think (c) is a swing and a miss.
by trolley
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'm still alive
Replies: 8
Views: 3935

Re: I'm still alive

Not always, Steve. I wouldn't respond to that question with "I'm still alive/breathing", unless there was some doubt about my health to start with. If I had just recovered from a serious illness or undergone a major surgery I might use that jokingly. Saying that you are alive or breathing as a respo...
by trolley
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Handle maintenance
Replies: 5
Views: 3898

Re: Handle maintenance

The term "maintenance man' is often used around here, as is "property manager". I think "building super" (short for supervisor or superintendent) is commonly used in the US to describe that person.
by trolley
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Achieve an objective
Replies: 6
Views: 4762

Re: Achieve an objective

Steven, you're always thankful...and you're always welcome.
by trolley
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Up in arms
Replies: 1
Views: 3478

Up in arms

This exchange happened at work today when one of my drivers came back from making his deliveries: “When I delivered to XXX they were all up in arms” “Oh, no. What now?” “Nothing. It’s all good” “Well, what were they up in arms about?” “They were just so happy that the order finally arrived.” “Good, ...
by trolley
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Achieve an objective
Replies: 6
Views: 4762

Re: Achieve an objective

Soldier on, push through, stay the course, stick with it. These all apply, whether you reach your goal, or not. They describe continuing to try, even in the face of challenges or little chance of success.
by trolley
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bijou / bijou strongman
Replies: 5
Views: 4453

Re: bijou / bijou strongman

I also thought bijou had something to do with theatre, perhaps even a French word for theatre. When I read the quote my first thought was of a Vaudeville or circus strongman...the kind one might see at the Bijou in the early 1900s. Somehow, I can imagine a guy named Victor Orban sporting a leotard a...
by trolley
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Illegally cut down trees
Replies: 5
Views: 4364

Re: Illegally cut down trees

Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:40 am
Another term for the activity is illegal felling, though I don't recall ever seeing or hearing the term illegal feller.
I've known a few "fellers" who might be termed "illegal" but, you're right...they were always called something else.
by trolley
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Illegally cut down trees
Replies: 5
Views: 4364

Re: Illegally cut down trees

There are many names you could call someone who does that. What they are doing is called "poaching". Poaching is taking resources from someone's property without their permission or knowledge. I'd say that guy was a timber poacher.
by trolley
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: When do words lose their meaning?
Replies: 3
Views: 3742

Re: When do words lose their meaning?

Certainly, the meaning of racist/racism seems to have been diluted since I was younger. In my mind, racism is the abhorrent belief that one race (most likely, your own) is superior to another and it is OK to express that perceived superiority with discrimination, prejudice or even violence. I often ...
by trolley
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shortie
Replies: 6
Views: 4298

Re: Shortie

Phil White wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:13 pm
There is no common, generic, colloquial term for tall people.
...and this seems to be the case with animals, as well. I can find no antonyms for "runt" (the smallest animal in a litter)