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by Shelley
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In the pub
Replies: 8
Views: 14020

Re: In the pub

"Flora of the Moors: A Vegetarian's Guide," by the Bronte Soeurs
by Shelley
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In the pub
Replies: 8
Views: 14020

Re: In the pub

Very funny, guys. But I meant DINOSAUR ones. "Try Sarah Topps" may be the only DINOSAUR one.
by Shelley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: In the pub
Replies: 8
Views: 14020

Re: In the pub

Good one, Bobinwales. I want to come up with some others, but this may be the only one!
by Shelley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A close second
Replies: 3
Views: 4889

Re: A close second

Stevenloan, I think you've used the phrase perfectly in your coffee example. Like tony h says, when something beats something else by a very small margin, it's called "a close second." There are bunches of idioms to describe a very close finish between competitors: beaten by a hair/nose; a photo-fin...
by Shelley
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Au contraire
Replies: 6
Views: 6611

Re: Au contraire

. . . whether the expression comes across as pretentious is dependent partly on who is saying it, in what context and with what intention. Indeed. Late to the party once again, I still must add my two cents: "au contraire, mon frere" is nothing but cool when Bart Simpson says it. I have a memory of...
by Shelley
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Slide and slip
Replies: 4
Views: 5187

Re: Slide and slip

I've always heard the expression as, ". . . slipped through one's fingers." This version shows up on a google search as an idiom.
Of course, Paul Simon would have it both ways: Y'know, the nearer your destination, the more you're slip sliding away.
by Shelley
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: poor
Replies: 2
Views: 4014

Re: poor

Hi azz. I don't find (a) to be ambiguous. It might be ambiguous if you were speaking the two words: a person might hear "poorhouse." On paper, though, I take "poor house" to simply mean badly built, rundown, or otherwise not up to standard. I might use a more specific word to describe a structure's ...
by Shelley
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Poster arrangement
Replies: 3
Views: 4350

Re: Poster arrangement

In my book, the display on the wall above the shelves is called "signage." So, in current slang (as trolley has pointed out) I would call this a "signage fail." On the other hand, since the stuff on the shelves is moveable, and the sign(age) above is less so, this could be called an assistant manage...
by Shelley
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Newly poured
Replies: 11
Views: 8710

Re: Newly poured

Erik_Kowal wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:21 amAnd that would definitely be a mistake.
It's why I come here: to incur wrath and commit preemptive occurences of reality. Ok -- I get it, Phil ------ nix-on the super-fluous-dashes.
by Shelley
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: What do Americans mean by Pantomime
Replies: 5
Views: 10698

Re: What do Americans mean by Pantomime

Tony h, you can view a YouTube video of Red Skelton's work at the United Nations by googling "Red Skelton pantomime." Oh never mind -- let me just do it for you. Enjoy!
Unfortunately, you have to tolerate a few minutes of vintage TV commercials.
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Newly poured
Replies: 11
Views: 8710

Re: Newly poured

Stevenloan, the phrase "social awareness" is too broad to describe just what this person is lacking. Chiefly, he lacks any respect for the labor, time, and cost that others have put into laying the pavement, which indicates he has some "antisocial personality disorder." (That's what the docs say now...
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Newly poured
Replies: 11
Views: 8710

Re: Newly poured

It's correct to say he's a frigging idiot.
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Women Who Read
Replies: 6
Views: 12011

Re: Women Who Read

So, a mistake could be called a premonition of truth? A preemptive fact? One thing life has taught me: all my worst mistakes will be revealed at the worst possible moment. Count on it. I don't really mind seeing the emojis/smilies in my screen -- I just hesitate to choose them over the old keyboard ...
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry
Replies: 0
Views: 20354

Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry

No linguistic scholarship here, just a beautiful novel about some folks trying to make it in 19th century America. I had never read anything by Sebastian Barry before, and judged this book by its cover at a free book exchange event. Barry is henceforth on my list of "go to" authors (meaning, I go to...
by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Good Quotes
Replies: 83
Views: 164220

Re: Good Quotes

Thanks for that link, Erik. Takes me back to the "Master and Margarita" days, my first book read in its entirety without turning a single page. I've read a few books on my computer since then, but I still prefer books with paper pages to flip through, highlight, dog-ear, annotate, and otherwise abus...