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by trolley
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: On the mend
Replies: 2
Views: 2250

Re: On the mend

Both responses sound natural, however, if A was a smart-ass, he might correct B's first answer to "...healing up pretty well " A's question doesn't sound quite as natural. You might hear that from a doctor, but from a friend it would more likely be "How's your finger/leg/eye?" or "How's that cut/bru...
by trolley
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Very thirsty
Replies: 5
Views: 6156

Re: Very thirsty

That's odd, I've always interpreted "spitting" things (bullets, nails, feathers, cotton) to mean very angry, not very thirsty. It seems feathers and cotton can mean either. I can see the cotton connection..."as dry as cotton" or having "cotton-mouth".
by trolley
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kind of motorbike
Replies: 5
Views: 4153

Re: Kind of motorbike

I'm not sure what they call that second one, Steve. The lines seemed to have blurred in recent years. Around here, people would not refer to a motorized scooter as a motor bike (motorcycle). Although a scooter is, by definition, a motor bike (cycle), the term motor bike is usually used to describe a...
by trolley
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waking Jane up
Replies: 13
Views: 6273

Re: waking Jane up

You very well could be correct. That was just my feeling. It's probably best to wait for Erik or Phil...I have been known to shoot an elephant in my pajamas or spot a whale looking through my binoculars.
by trolley
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waking Jane up
Replies: 13
Views: 6273

Re: waking Jane up

It seems to me

1) Tom was waking Jane up and you shouted at him (probably because you did not think he should wake her)
2) You woke Jane up by shouting at Tom
by trolley
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: useful for you to
Replies: 3
Views: 4084

Re: useful for you to

I'm with Bob. I often choose "E" in answer to these questions, when my choices are between A,B,C, or D.
"Reading this book will help you to understand physics."
by trolley
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: Go Pound Salt ???
Replies: 12
Views: 12254

Re: Go Pound Salt ???

I've never heard it as "pound salt". My Dad often used the expression "pound sand". Even as a kid, it was pretty clear to me what it meant...but I can remember being confused about why... then again, "Go fuck yourself" didn't make much sense to my young self, either. Just to clarify- he never direct...
by trolley
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Forgiveness application?
Replies: 4
Views: 3790

Re: Forgiveness application?

I guess that would be "signing a waiver". Is that common practice in your country, Steve? Here, we would just opt not to sue, rather than creating some sort of official document.
by trolley
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Dealing with canvassers
Replies: 3
Views: 3066

Re: Dealing with canvassers

Early one morning, there was a knock at my door. I opened it to see a young couple standing there. One of them held up a Watchtower pamphlet and said "I'm sure you've seen this before." I replied " I'm sure you've seen this before" and closed the door. It seemed so perfect, I almost opened the door ...
by trolley
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Quite the pickle
Replies: 2
Views: 3262

Re: Quite the pickle

Steve, look up "double entendre" or "sexual innuendo". On the surface, the words or phrases in your example refer to McDonald's ingredients, but below the surface...not so much.
by trolley
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Make someone's stomach turn
Replies: 3
Views: 3593

Re: Make someone's stomach turn

. But I don't think this meaning fits this situation. Does it have another meaning? I think it must have another meaning, at least, to the writer. There are physiological changes caused by extreme emotion that can be felt in the gut. Nervousness can cause "butterflies in the stomach", fear can caus...
by trolley
Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Squeeze in
Replies: 6
Views: 4708

Re: Squeeze in

In North America, you might also hear "scooch".
"Everyone, scooch in (or scooch together).
by trolley
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: If not disciplined
Replies: 2
Views: 4151

Re: If not disciplined

B is commenting on A's ability to maintain a fitness program. It takes (self) discipline to run everyday, rain or shine. The "nothing, if not" part is a little harder to explain. Sometimes, it is used disparagingly, meaning there is nothing else admirable about A except his discipline. In this case,...
by trolley
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Describing someone as fat
Replies: 7
Views: 5065

Re: Describing someone as fat

Bonnie is correct, Steve. That's a tricky one. While there probably isn't a polite way to mention it (especially to the person in question) there are "less impolite" ways to describe that person to another person if you were using it as a description in order to identify a particular person. "I alwa...
by trolley
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Plastic cover
Replies: 2
Views: 3432

Re: Plastic cover

It's called bubble-wrap. It's used as packaging material to help protect fragile items during shipping. It is sometimes jokingly referred to as "stress wrap" or a "stress blanket"...but not because it reduces stress on the object that has been wrapped. There is something satisfying and calming about...