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by trolley
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: again
Replies: 3
Views: 2894

Re: again

I don't think A would mean 1, without a comma before "again".

...edited to insert a(n) (unnecessary?)comma...
by trolley
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Getting better from a sickness
Replies: 3
Views: 2891

Re: Getting better from a sickness

People also talk about “beating” a disease or illness or “winning” against it. The idea here is that they have been victorious in a battle. Someone can be said to have “beaten cancer” if they go into remission or live a long life despite a poor prognosis. It can also apply to less serious maladies. ...
by trolley
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hades
Replies: 5
Views: 3048

Re: Hades

I would guess that it is something that was originally a " minced oath " for "what the hell", although I can find no early occurrences of it. I remember it being used as a minced oath. Hades was a much milder that Hell when being used in a curse. I'm not sure, but I think I recall it being used in ...
by trolley
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Addicted to exercising
Replies: 8
Views: 3835

Re: Addicted to exercising

Gym junkie.
by trolley
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bale out / bail out
Replies: 4
Views: 3178

Re: Bale out / bail out

It seems that British Paratroopers can "bale" out of airplanes aeroplanes. Also, I was sure that a wire handle (like the one on a bucket) or a wire bar for holding something down was a "bale". In the handle sense, I can only find "bail". That bar on an old typewriter that holds the paper against the...
by trolley
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bale out / bail out
Replies: 4
Views: 3178

Re: Bale out / bail out

I'm in the "bail" camp for jumping out of plane, helping out a company, getting someone out of jail or emptying a leaky boat... unless I was bundling them up into a nice, tight cube first...
by trolley
Fri May 31, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trouser belt loop
Replies: 4
Views: 3745

Re: Trouser belt loop

"You missed (or skipped) a (belt) loop."
by trolley
Mon May 20, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Party thing
Replies: 3
Views: 3978

Re: Party thing

...oops...confetti poppers. Confetti poopers are probably something quite different.
by trolley
Sun May 19, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Party thing
Replies: 3
Views: 3978

Re: Party thing

Those are confetti bombs, confetti poopers, confetti cannons.
by trolley
Thu May 16, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A duck walks into a drug store...
Replies: 1
Views: 3305

A duck walks into a drug store...

"Give me a tube of Chapstick and put it on my bill."
by trolley
Wed May 15, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Paint one's buttocks green
Replies: 6
Views: 5648

Re: Paint one's buttocks green

Steve, I don't think there is any specific meaning to the painting part. It's not a set phrase or an idiom. I think it is just an exaggerated indication of how useless any of her actions would be towards making him change his ways. Standing on her head, reciting the alphabet backwards, lighting her ...
by trolley
Sat May 11, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 3881

Re: heterodox

Ken Greenwald wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 7:21 pm
But ‘homodox’ doesn’t seem to have caught on that much in dictionaries and the only ones I found it in were Wiktionary and the Urban Dictionary.
I was surprised to see that. Wiki and Urban Dictionary aren't the most reliable sources...usually.
by trolley
Fri May 10, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: heterodox
Replies: 4
Views: 3881

Re: heterodox

Good one, Ken. After reading that, I thought, "shouldn't the antonym of heterodox be homodox? (if there was such a word)". It turns out there is such a word, although Onelook didn't recognize it (nor does the spell-checker on this site). Homodox means "having the same opinion or belief". Orthodox se...
by trolley
Sun May 05, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hit a triple
Replies: 3
Views: 3332

Re: Hit a triple

Steve, in this case they are not using the baseball metaphor in reference to sex. Third base refers to the idea that you have "almost made it", almost acheived your goal. In the sexual definition, first base would be kissing, second would be intimate touching (clothed), third would be intimate skin ...
by trolley
Fri May 03, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sleeping style
Replies: 8
Views: 4718

Re: Sleeping style

This is the "fetal" (or "foetal") position.