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by trolley
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Beach umbrella
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Beach umbrella

I am only familiar with the ones in Mexico. There, they are called "palapas".
by trolley
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Can't be arsed
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: Can't be arsed

Good one, Bob. The "asked" theory didn't make much sense to me because I'd never heard the expression "couldn't be asked" before. I just now realized how it works... "I wouldn't do it, even if I was asked ".
by trolley
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Can't be arsed
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Can't be arsed

I read, this morning about a fellow who “couldn’t be arsed to change the music.” Canadian English is an odd mix of British and American English, so I am familiar with the word “arse”. This was new to me, though. I thought perhaps it was a typo for “asked” but that really didn’t seem to make much sen...
by trolley
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 1380

Re: currently sat

I am currently laid in bed, wondering if I could be layed in bed. You know I'm not lying.
by trolley
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 1380

Re: currently sat

Thanks all. I think I'm getting it. There seems to be more of a "sense of purpose". Being stood or sat feels a bit like being posed or placed. You're making a statement...you are doing more than just sitting or standing.
by trolley
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: currently sat
Replies: 15
Views: 1380

currently sat

I read the following post today, on line: “I'm currently sat drinking tea and eating biccies” I’ve never heard this construction before. Is it legit? She would have been previously sat or currently sitting (or seated). Can she be currently sat? Somehow, it almost sounds OK…but maybe that’s because I...
by trolley
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Career
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: Career

Steve, your kite analogy is pretty close to the mark. I would use verbs that convey the idea of "going up". His or her career is soaring, rising, flying high, taking off...
by trolley
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Detox the body
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: Detox the body

That therapy is considered as "alternative medicine" or "pseudoscience", in the west. The second photo shows hot cupping. Judging by the first photo, the technique seems to have been modernized with pumps creating the suction rather than the heating and cooling of air inside the cup.
by trolley
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: talked to him first
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Re: talked to him first

...maybe he's asking to have the ruler slid to him...he wants the pass made while the ruler stays in contact with the table ;-)
by trolley
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A kind of vehicle
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: A kind of vehicle

In fact, they are so "not popular" where I live I don't think they even have an English name. They go by various other names, depending upon where you are. I have probably heard the term "tuk-tuk" used more than any other.
by trolley
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Purely out of curiosity: loth/loath
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: Purely out of curiosity: loth/loath

I'd write it as loath (rhymes with "both"). I always read Bob's
example with a different pronunciation and a different meaning.
by trolley
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cute chair
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: Cute chair

Very nice. Very "mod".
by trolley
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Ground Zero
Replies: 2
Views: 547

Ground Zero

The term "ground zero" was born in the nuclear age and was used to describe the point on the Earth's surface directly below the detonation of a nuclear bomb. I remember hearing the term when we were in school, referring to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I don't recall hearing it again until the 2001 attack...
by trolley
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in any event
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: in any event

There are some that are acceptable but when you break them down, it's not clear that they should be. I would be fine with using "at any rate", but should I be? Rate is the speed at which something happens. How many occurrences within a given time frame isn't really a factor in this case. At any rate...
by trolley
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: arrived in front of
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Re: arrived in front of

Interestingly, if the event is a race rather than a conference, it seems to work. "After a very successful 2nd and 3rd stage I set off two hours ahead of her. A useful lead but there was still a long way to go."
In the end, she crossed the finish line in front of me.