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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: 9285

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?
by trolley
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words that young men use to call each other
Replies: 7
Views: 9285

Re: Words that young men use to call each other

"Bro" or "brother" is also pretty common in North America. In eastern Canada, "boy" (often pronounced as "b'y", especially in Newfoundland) is often used. The most common UK (or maybe just England?) version is probably "mate" (also, not uncommon in Canada).
by trolley
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: lie or lay
Replies: 6
Views: 7949

Re: lie or lay

I've always struggled with those two (those, too). My mom always used "lay-down" as a noun, meaning a nap.
"I have a headache. I'm going for a little lay-down"
Should she have been saying a "lie-down"?
by trolley
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Waist
Replies: 4
Views: 7725

Re: Waist

I'd say that was a drawstring
by trolley
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambolic (2)
Replies: 8
Views: 12196

Re: shambolic

Like Ken, I just added it to my vocabulary today and I'm not sure...but I may have witnessed some children acting in a gambolic manner as I drove past the schoolyard, on my way into work this morning.
by trolley
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Checking attendance
Replies: 5
Views: 7222

Re: Checking attendance

The patriotism was lost on me. I had no idea what I was singing about. I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia…so I was pretty sure it was
“Send her to Victoria, happy with Gloria” (I assumed that Gloria was a friend of hers). “Long to rain over us” (it was always raining, here).
by trolley
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Checking attendance
Replies: 5
Views: 7222

Re: Checking attendance

We either said "here" or "present". By the way, checking attendance by reading from a list of names is known as "calling (the) roll" or "taking (the) roll". It is a roll call.
Every morning, after roll call, we recited The Lord's Prayer, then sang Oh Canada, and God Save The Queen.
by trolley
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Legroom
Replies: 4
Views: 6062

Re: Legroom

I'm a little surprised by that Yourdictionary.com definition. I thought armrests were the defining factor in a captain's chair. In our house, the captain's chair was Dad's chair, at the head of the table. Dining room sets often came with one or two captain's chairs (for the head and/or foot of the t...
by trolley
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The current weather
Replies: 11
Views: 12022

Re: The current weather

It's currently 6C (43F) and raining and the forecast is for much the same for the next week. That's 1 or 2 degrees C above average for this time of year
by trolley
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The current weather
Replies: 11
Views: 12022

Re: The current weather

I was taught the Imperial System when I was in elementary school and was in my early teens when Canada switched to metric. I use a hodge-podge of the two systems. I think in Imperial. I would say that something is a "couple of miles" down the road rather than "about three kilometres". Even though we...
by trolley
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: flip off
Replies: 3
Views: 6666

Re: flip off

It's probably a good idea to avoid trying to communicate through gestures when you are travelling abroad...
https://people.howstuffworks.com/10-obs ... -world.htm
by trolley
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: flip off
Replies: 3
Views: 6666

Re: flip off

Ken, I definitely remember hearing (and using) that phrase prior to the 70s. Surely, "flipping someone off" is just a shortened version of "flipping them the bird"...and that goes back as far as I can remember. Maybe it's a Canadian thing...we're really not all that polite!
by trolley
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: It's December
Replies: 1
Views: 6798

Re: It's December

I thought the other reindeer (the one that used to call Rudolph names) was named "Olive"...
by trolley
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Laundromat
Replies: 6
Views: 6510

Re: Laundromat

A laundromat (or laundrette) is a place where customers go to launder clothes themselves. The customer does all the work...loading the washers, swapping the clothes over to the dryer and folding. They are just paying for the use of the equipment. It's been many years since I used a laundromat , but ...
by trolley
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Most-hated pet names for female partners revealed
Replies: 13
Views: 35383

Re: Most-hated pet names for female partners revealed

I have to say, I really enjoy it when a new person signs on and starts rooting around and pulling up old threads. Keep looking, Paul.