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by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Fourth Estate
Replies: 3
Views: 3002

Re: Fourth Estate

I don't know about Burke's use of a fourth estate, but one recent politician was said to use a third Jag.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Mythology, Lion, winged, woman
Replies: 7
Views: 5574

Re: Mythology, Lion, winged, woman

Does that mean it's the Boston Strangler?
No wonder that so many have been stumped by its riddle.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Not qualified to say
Replies: 17
Views: 4371

Re: Not qualified to say

Alice in S underland? Off with its head! Apparently, the Hartlepool Monkey fared no better. It was disgraceful to treat it as a spy when it was wearing French uniform. Even if it did have a false passport. It was obviously not a secret agent but a powder monkey, which puts a different complexion on ...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pop in and pop out
Replies: 14
Views: 3389

Re: Pop in and pop out

As Erik suggests, the expression to "cut in" is intransitive, whilst to "cut in on" allows (in fact requires) an object. So does to "cut up": "Just as we approached the roundabout the taxi cut in in front of me..." "Drivers wanted to be better at keeping calm when held up on the road and felt that c...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Trans-Atlantic or British Pronunciation? -- [buoy]
Replies: 21
Views: 11957

Re: Trans-Atlantic or British Pronunciation? -- [buoy]

Erik's Guide to Pronunciation should be made compulsory for all English Dictionaries. By the time I've found the usual guide on page xlvii or whatever, and been attacked by the ubiquitous schwa, I've forgotten which word I was trying to find the correct pronunciation of. And finished a sentence with...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Read the dictionary
Replies: 6
Views: 4061

Re: Read the dictionary

Is that a Lowland Malt?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as if
Replies: 6
Views: 10853

Re: as if

A funny thing happened to trex's posting on its way to the Forum.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Not qualified to say
Replies: 17
Views: 4371

Re: Not qualified to say

The usual informal expression for "You're not qualified to say that to me" would be "You've got no room to talk!"
Would Alice have accepted the idea that Newcastle is a town like Alice, Wiz?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one block
Replies: 5
Views: 1621

Re: one block

When a bus decided that my side of the road was useful last year, it was more a case of a bendy-car.
The shapes of many city squares are interesting.
And I feel driven to point out that block diagrams should not be confused with bar-charts when studying either maths or local geography.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pop in and pop out
Replies: 14
Views: 3389

Re: Pop in and pop out

With reference to the offended vehicle and driver (as object), the term is usually 'cutting in' (on) or 'cutting up'.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: US Political Party Symbols
Replies: 6
Views: 4161

Re: US Political Party Symbols

Yesterday, I shot a Marxist in my pajamas.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: runner-up
Replies: 7
Views: 6848

Re: runner-up

Don't run down runners-up, Wiz - it's not Cricket. (At which England have never been placed lower than second in any single match.) (Yet.)
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Rule of thumb
Replies: 5
Views: 2462

Re: Rule of thumb

I recently heard it explained that in the middle ages you were not permitted to beat your wife with a stick any thicker than your thumb. Any comments?
Wasn't that the Rule of Thump?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Explorer in residence
Replies: 3
Views: 2202

Re: Explorer in residence

It could be worse. A person with a Chair in Atomic Physics will probably develop nuclear piles.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tocsin / toxin
Replies: 11
Views: 3516

Re: tocsin / toxin

I can see that the lack of an X in Welsh might be considered an advantage, a disadvantage, or both: the availability of a certain Australian lager could be hugely restricted; no films would be off-limits for kids; no treasure is likely to be found; algebra has a missing missing number; no election c...