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by trolley
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: See someone about
Replies: 3
Views: 1268

Re: See someone about

I wouldn't, Steven. While "meet" does mean "get togther and talk", it can also mean to be introduced to someone for the first time. "Pleased to meet you" For clarity, I would add "with" if I was using "meet" to mean have a discussion. "What do you want to meet with me for?" That's just a personal pr...
by trolley
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: every day
Replies: 6
Views: 1787

Re: every day

The statement "Every xxx, I didn't xxx..." may not mean that you never do a particular thing. You might do it every second day or every week or once a year. In Phil's example, the background information makes it clear that he nevers walks Sheba on Wednesdays.Those kids, however, may be mentioned...j...
by trolley
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cabinets
Replies: 21
Views: 3921

Re: Cabinets

We call those upper cabinets and lower cabinets, or just "uppers and lowers" (if we're already discussing cabinets).
by trolley
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: What the little bird shot at and missed meaning and origin
Replies: 8
Views: 2447

Re: What the little bird shot at and missed meaning and origin

It's new, to me. Precious few hits for "what the bird shot" but there is a bit more action on "what the boy (or Paddy) shot". It does seem to mean nothing (or nothing of any value) but there is no explanation of why. I've played a lot of cribbage and never heard "what Paddy shot" as another term for...
by trolley
Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: molly bolt
Replies: 5
Views: 2897

Re: molly bolt

I wasn't expecting a Croessant role in this story.
by trolley
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nudity
Replies: 4
Views: 2012

Re: Nudity

If I heard a North American actress ( who performed nude scenes ) mention that she also "had to do some German" ...I'd have to think carefully about my response.

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by trolley
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: W-Trouble
Replies: 16
Views: 3596

Re: W-Trouble

I resisted getting a pair of readers for the first few years. I just had to keep holding the book further and further away. It worked well for a while...but then, without warning, my arms seemed to be getting shorter.
by trolley
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Avocado cart
Replies: 10
Views: 2457

Re: Avocado cart

We call those four-wheeled ones that car mechanics use "creepers"
by trolley
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Avocado cart
Replies: 10
Views: 2457

Re: Avocado cart

Often called a hand-truck or two-wheeler, usually it's called a "dolly" around here. I'd never even wondered why until I typed that answer...The Word Detective explains... http://www.word-detective.com/2011/03/dolly/
by trolley
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 2590

Re: glug

One site I found claims that a glug equals about two tablespoons while another said that it equals two teaspoons. That's a big difference. When I studied baking, I apprenticed under an Englishman. He was amused when I asked what he meant when he referred to a "knob" of butter "how much is that?" "I ...
by trolley
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: glug
Replies: 10
Views: 2590

Re: glug

I have nothing concrete to back it up but here's how they stack up, in my mind: dash<splash<drizzle<glug. I heard a British fellow ordering hot wings in our local pub. The waiter asked which level of heat he wanted. "Oh, just a threat." "Excuse me?" "Just threaten them with the hot sauce." I loved i...
by trolley
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: chip on or chip off
Replies: 20
Views: 4618

Re: chip on or chip off

For me:
it has a crack in it
it has a mark on it
it has a chip off it.
The chip is a small fragment that has come off. The bowl is chipped ( or has a chip off it). The floor might have that chip on it.
by trolley
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hyper/Hypo
Replies: 4
Views: 1906

Hyper/Hypo

I was watching an old (1951) movie the other night and they showed a newspaper with this (or some similar) headline: “Calhoon’s Tour Hypoed by Hollywood“. Hypoed didn’t really seem to fit the bill. They were trying to promote the tour and, although I’d never seen the word “hypoed” before, it sounded...
by trolley
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Affection
Replies: 2
Views: 1318

Re: Affection

1. My girlfriend doesn't like showing affection to ward (s) me in public. 2. My girlfriend doesn't like to display affection towards me in public. 3. My girlfriend doesn't like to express affection to ward (s) me in public. ...those are my picks... As a side note, the younger set around here calls t...
by trolley
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pitted/pittered out?
Replies: 4
Views: 1647

pitted/pittered out?

I heard Gordon Ramsay talking about one of the contestants on Hell’s Kitchen. He described them as being great in the beginning, but then they just “pittered” (or maybe) “pitted” out? I rewound it a few times but was never really sure what he was saying. It seems too close to the American phrase, “p...