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by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Benefits
Replies: 6
Views: 2158

Re: Benefits

Wizard of Oz wrote:.. .. ..
WoZ who loves a back scratch
I thought the Australian term was 'outback scrub'.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man injured in the house
Replies: 10
Views: 3644

Re: a man injured in the house

I'd say interpretation C is very unlikely; 'We saw an injured man in the house' would be the normal way of putting this.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Not to fail any class
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Re: Not to fail any class

Hi Steven.

I'd use

John’s main aim this year is not to fail in any subject.

In the US, they may prefer

John’s main aim this year is not to fail any class.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The Mayor's Apostrophe
Replies: 23
Views: 4164

Re: The Mayor's Apostrophe

In line with the modern tendency to drop the apostrophe for associative-rather-than-true-possessive usages, as in dogs home and working mens club, I'd go with Erik's third suggestion and Bob's gracious concession of Mayors Parlour (assuming the taxpayer really owns it).
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The Mayor's Apostrophe
Replies: 23
Views: 4164

Re: The Mayor's Apostrophe

That doesn't always seem to apply. To take the most obvious example, nine times out of ten the average Briton refers to Queen Elizabeth as I just did, namely by both her title and her first name (sometimes prefaced by 'Her Majesty', depending on how formal the occasion is or the context and formali...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Quotes about politicians
Replies: 1
Views: 3221

Re: Quotes about politicians

Groucho was arrested for less.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: "I have no reason to..."
Replies: 4
Views: 1747

Re: "I have no reason to..."

Interesting question, Phil. I'm coming to terms with a new computer at the moment, but I'll try to do a bit of digging later. My try to do a bit of digging ...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: with the long, dark hair
Replies: 10
Views: 3431

Re: with the long, dark hair

Yes. One can imagine Groucho going from his no-nonsense mode with "He was talking to his girlfriend ..." to his 'strange-interlude' eyebrows-raised talk-to-the-moon mode for "with her lo-o-o-o-ong da-a-a-a-ark hai-ai-air". Even Erik's standard version "He was talking to his girlfriend, who had long ...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: high high he
Replies: 3
Views: 4430

Re: high high he

Well, 'Hey ho Silver' doesn't rhyme.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:08 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: America’s war on language
Replies: 6
Views: 7727

Re: America’s war on language

Before I read beyond the title, I presumed that this was going to be a discussion of Websterisms and the like. Using too many u's. Making the mandatory subjunctive ... mandatory. Flogging the last person caught using plural concord with a collective noun.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A Tense Time
Replies: 7
Views: 2082

Re: A Tense Time

This is a theological question.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: How do British and American attitudes to dictionaries differ?
Replies: 2
Views: 6477

Re: How do British and American attitudes to dictionaries differ?

There is going to be an unavoidable descriptivist element unless the actual dictionary one has to use is mandatory, and a decision is made on how to interpret words whose different senses can lead to different interpretations. For instance, is a 'war on terrorism' a legally-defined 'war'? Which defi...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: report v quote structures: grey area
Replies: 8
Views: 2528

Re: report v quote structures: grey area

The following, from 'The Handbook of Good English by Edward D Johnson' (I believe), makes the whole quote-or-report issue even less clear: The question was, did he like zucchini? is correct; the past tense of the question may seem to make it indirect, but it is still direct. Note that 'did' is not c...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: punctuation
Replies: 3
Views: 1673

Re: punctuation

Peter Carey at the Mindyourlanguage blog adds much more sensible (does that need a comma?) advice about the positives and negatives of comma usage. I'll just mention: Keith Waterhouse advised: “Commas are not condiments. Do not pepper sentences with them unnecessarily.” Quite so, but a well-placed o...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Tyre
Replies: 8
Views: 5808

Re: Tyre

Tire or tyre? Depends on where you are Americans write “tire,” while the British prefer “tyre.” Is one more correct than the other? Wikipedia has: The etymological fallacy is a genetic fallacy that holds, erroneously, that the present-day meaning of a word or phrase should necessarily be similar to...