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by trolley
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A negative affect
Replies: 6
Views: 1875

Re: A negative affect

The Action is Affect, the End result is Effect, unless it sound like an "A" as in neighbour and weigh...oops, scrap that last part.
by trolley
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The most real estate
Replies: 5
Views: 1765

Re: The most real estate

I don't know of a specific word for that person. I assume there is a word in your native language. Probably the closest thing in English would be "richest" but that refers to all of a persons assets and not just landownership. Sometimes you need to use a phrase to describe something and I would use ...
by trolley
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 6155

Re: Authoress

The actor/actress debate is a bit confusing to me. I wonder who it was that decided that all thespians, regardless of gender, should now be referred to as “actors”. I somehow doubt that it was the actresses, themselves who took offence to the term “actress”. I’m sure that many of them are offended b...
by trolley
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 6155

Re: Authoress

I think I rented that VHS movie, once.
by trolley
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 6155

Authoress

I don’t think I’d ever heard this term until a few days ago. A woman was being introduced on a television program…”Mrs. Soandso, home-maker, mother, teacher and authoress”. If it was some hyper vigilant attempt to be politically correct…they couldn’t have missed the mark by a much greater margin. Va...
by trolley
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Barriers
Replies: 5
Views: 1915

Re: Barriers

I’ve never seen that particular type (with barbed wire) but those kind of things are crowd-control barricades, often called “riot fences”
by trolley
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 2483

Re: box to store rare stones

You may well be paranoid but that does not mean they aren't out to get you...
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by trolley
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: box to store rare stones
Replies: 10
Views: 2483

Re: box to store rare stones

It seems that these constructions are purposely vague. The questions are always “are they grammatically correct?” and “are they ambiguous?”. Never do the posters say “if not, how do you make them correct and explicit”. I suspect that’s because they already know how to make them clear. What they real...
by trolley
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The backside of the moon
Replies: 9
Views: 2352

Re: The backside of the moon

That's also my recollection of it, Phil. At the risk of appearing anal, I Googled around a bit and found this article: https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/from-your-anus-to-urine-us-the-rebranding-of-uranus I'm not sure how much truth there is in it but it does jibe with my memory. If it wasn't the ...
by trolley
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishing rites
Replies: 8
Views: 1803

Re: Fishing rites

every time I think I'm out...they pull me back in.
by trolley
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishing rites
Replies: 8
Views: 1803

Re: Fishing rites

I know a guy who spits on his bait before every cast and another who must wet his hand-net by dipping it in the water before he starts fishing. There are fisherman who would take you back to shore and kick you off the boat if you ever dared to bring a banana (or possibly anything yellow) on board or...
by trolley
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fishing rites
Replies: 8
Views: 1803

Re: Fishing rites

Fishermen can be a superstitious lot and many perform small ritualistc acts to improve their luck...is there anything these two countries won't fight about?
by trolley
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: might win yet
Replies: 8
Views: 2160

Re: might win yet

Yet, still it is commonly used.
by trolley
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rodeo Drive
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

Re: Rodeo Drive

Yes, we had PEE-kans, too. My family couldn't afford those hoity toity, frou frou pee-KAHNS.
by trolley
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Rodeo Drive
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

Re: Rodeo Drive

It's a "RO-dee-o", for me and everyone I know (except when talking about that particular street). Carribean is another strange one. I flop back and forth on that one. I'd call the movie: "Pirates of the Car-i-BEE-an" but when describing those particular pirates I'd say they were Ca-RIB-e-an pirates....