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by trolley
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not so much
Replies: 3
Views: 8137

Re: not so much

Not only is "not so much" rather vague but the adjective "tall" is a relative term.
"Pete is tall; his brother is not." could also mean any or all of your examples.
by trolley
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: sui generis
Replies: 4
Views: 8985

Re: sui generis

We are unique, just like everyone else.
by trolley
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: To ride shotgun
Replies: 3
Views: 7169

Re: To ride shotgun

Steve, Erik is referring to a motorcycle passenger who is seated directly behind the operator. If you are asking about someone riding in a motorcycle side car, I suppose it could be said they are "riding shotgun" but you'd need to specify... "riding shotgun in a side car". In side car motorcycle rac...
by trolley
Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The pants only go down so far
Replies: 3
Views: 7281

Re: The pants only go down so far

I'm waiting with Steven...what does it mean?
by trolley
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Virus device
Replies: 5
Views: 8395

Re: Virus device

Cats love warm places.
by trolley
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Disgusting
Replies: 2
Views: 6633

Re: Disgusting

Exactly, Steve....an amount so large it is offensive (in the opinion of the person making the statement). You could also say sickening, obscene, obnoxious, appalling, shocking...
by trolley
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Senior’s pigs
Replies: 5
Views: 8439

Re: Senior’s pigs

I've never had them in a pancake blanket. Here they are usually wrapped in a puffed pastry or a croissant dough. Pillsbury crescent rolls work great. My mom used pancake batter mixed with a bit of cornmeal to make corn-dogs.
by trolley
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Two hair whorls
Replies: 3
Views: 8571

Re: Two hair whorls

Steven, that is very interesting. At first, I thought "What a curious superstition." After looking around a bit, it appears that there is more to that than "old wives' tales". Many Asian cultures, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian have similar beliefs. There are also many studies that seem...
by trolley
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Capitalization
Replies: 3
Views: 7575

Re: Capitalization

Thanks, folks (Folks?) I guess it's a good thing that my co-worker doesn't read here. Good point on the genericization angle. Yes, if I pull a random tissue from a box I'm grabbing a kleenex and the John/john bit makes good sense to me (for obvious reasons)... and who am I to argue with Mr. Safire? ...
by trolley
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Capitalization
Replies: 3
Views: 7575

Capitalization

A colleague was writing something at work this morning: "...this region is a mecca for well-educated natural foods customers..."
I said that a proper noun should be capitalized even when it is being used as a regular noun. She disagrees. It seems to be a split-vote on the inter-webs. Wizards...?
by trolley
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Horrors!
Replies: 3
Views: 7632

Re: Horrors!

But you just can't put your finger on exactly what it is?
by trolley
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Knee-deep
Replies: 3
Views: 7720

Re: Knee-deep

I wouldn't say it was wrong but I don't think it's perfectly okay . It doesn't seem natural. The terms xxx-deep can change meanings depending on what you are describing. Knee-deep can mean quite deep if you are talking about walking through pig manure. If you are talking about doing a high-dive into...
by trolley
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In/into
Replies: 2
Views: 8082

In/into

Me: “I’m going to jump in the shower before we go.”
My wife: “OK but that seems a little reckless.”
...it took second or two to register...
by trolley
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lamp
Replies: 3
Views: 7563

Re: Lamp

I didn't realize there was a specific name for them. I'm not sure how many people in North America would know what an "anglepoise" is. We usually call them "swing-arm", "balance-arm" or articulating desk lamps. Looking at the one on my desk, It's really a great design and seems to have hardly change...
by trolley
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words that young men use to call each other
Replies: 7
Views: 9277

Re: Words that young men use to call each other

Interesting, Bob, but what does it mean? Is there a connection to "but" and "bud" in the Welsh language...or in mining?