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by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The spelling conventions of the Oxford Dictionaries Online Dictionary of English ( ODODE ) versus those of the Oxford English Dictionary ( OED )
Replies: 13
Views: 8532

Re: The Oxford English Dictionary's spelling conventions

I hadn't even realised there were different current versions. Since, I believe, the OED claims to survey all current forms of English to use in its reporting of current usages, I don't see how there can be more than one. And it will be US-biased as more native English speakers live there than in the...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Rethinking the indeterminate masculine pronoun
Replies: 6
Views: 9068

Re: Rethinking the indeterminate masculine pronoun

All words are infinitely polysemous.

And all grammar questionable.

In other words, WiZ had it right all along.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: jazzed
Replies: 3
Views: 7684

Re: jazzed

Sounds like something a saxophone rather than an anglophone might use.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The BBC's use of quotation marks
Replies: 27
Views: 20544

Re: The BBC's use of quotation marks

Yes, thankyou for those misquotes, Erik.

They're' a lot of" fun.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: elevator pitch
Replies: 9
Views: 6701

Re: elevator pitch

That's a properhashtag.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: elevator pitch
Replies: 9
Views: 6701

Re: elevator pitch

So an elevator pitch is shorter than a stepped report?
by Edwin F Ashworth
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Dictionary of Latin completed after a century in preparation
Replies: 4
Views: 7274

Re: Dictionary of Latin completed after a century in preparation

It'll take them more than a century to pin down Australian Latin.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Apostrophe
Replies: 21
Views: 13599

Re: Apostrophe

I think I caught a flash of childrenswear, which I assume they would prefer to be written children'swear.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Lorem ipsum
Replies: 10
Views: 9166

Re: Lorem ipsum

Phil should be grateful that the teacher in question was concerned about his upside-down reading. One WoZ is ample.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: twee
Replies: 8
Views: 4561

Re: twee

A diagnostick.

Ken didn't deserve this.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: twee
Replies: 8
Views: 4561

Re: twee

Catherine and I disagree over where the exact dividing line between quaint and twee is in many situations. Animal figurines, model houses and inns, Kinkades. Of course, our lines are very wiggly and intersect all over the place. I suppose you could call them twee diagrams.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I think I'm getting a cold.
Replies: 3
Views: 1674

Re: I think I'm getting a cold.

Yes, you'd need more confidence in the possibility to use 'I think I'm getting' to signal an event in the future (grammarians would probably say that English doesn't have a true future tense, but various work-arounds). I think I'm getting a bike for Christmas. 'I think I'm getting a cold next week' ...
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Strung along
Replies: 3
Views: 1359

Re: Strung along

Give us a chance, Bob.

Is it easier to understand in Welsh?

(By the way, Catherine and I visited my uncle, who hadn't been able to get to my dad's funeral [he died peacefully in January], in Wrexham last month. We stayed overnight near Welshpool. And we now know how it got its name.)
by Edwin F Ashworth
Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Why a "lid"
Replies: 15
Views: 48749

Re: Why a "lid"

Power is an even greater stimulant.

Just look at Sauron.

The lidless high.
by Edwin F Ashworth
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: new anagram solver
Replies: 5
Views: 8574

Re: new anagram solver

... while pith forms another. (4,5)