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by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Making one's nut
Replies: 5
Views: 9558

Re: Making one's nut

Thanks to all for the additional information, from how to perform a more effective word search (thanks for the link, Phil, and don't change a thing!), to the general (legal) ramifications of linking to illustrative photographs (Erik, a great load off my conscience), to the finer points of wagon whee...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A litre of petrol
Replies: 8
Views: 6133

Re: A litre of petrol

My current car is female, named Rhonda C-Max Tardigrade , and I pray she (and I) will withstand all extreme conditions in the coming years. Had a sedan named "Redbird" -- definitely male. Let's see, tony h, you mention that machines are inevitably "she" because . . . because . . . hmm -- because why...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Parking lot
Replies: 6
Views: 4301

Re: Parking lot

I know I've seen this in some science fiction movie! It's the location where the good guys are climbing the side of the wall, or the center pole, or crossing the span of the tower to try to destroy/reach/absorb the evil/final/life-saving power source/bio-pod/magic key before the bad guys annihilate ...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this kind of person?
Replies: 5
Views: 4351

Re: What do you call this kind of person?

If people use the same three or four "curse" words to punctuate their speech, fill in blank spaces, and directly insult others, it's often because they don't have a rich and more diverse vocabulary. In the case of those people, I would call them under-educated, ignorant, dimwitted, or lazy dungeon-h...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Quiver and Tremble
Replies: 5
Views: 3489

Re: Quiver and Tremble

Hey, Stevenloan -- Just wanted to say that both of your sentences are good, but I would like to add an alternative: "Looking down at the bridge makes me weak in the knees ." Somehow, to me, it's the knees that tremble, quiver, shake and otherwise give out. Sometimes people say "I go weak in the knee...
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the doctor and the stamp-collector
Replies: 3
Views: 2604

Re: the doctor and the stamp-collector

Even with the second comma, I can't help it: John Smith, a doctor and a stamp-collector, walked into a bar.
Sorry.
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sea water
Replies: 5
Views: 4487

Re: Sea water

Yes, that would be a saline (salt solution) drip, if the bag was labeled as such. It looks like that bag is holding a glucose solution, which is sugar. I'm no doctor, so I have to ask: is a glucose drip the same as a saline drip? The bag of solution is delivered to the patient "intravenously", meani...
by Shelley
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How many linguists?
Replies: 5
Views: 8813

Re: How many linguists?

And Shelley to ask, "Why is it always a man changing the lightbulb?"
by Shelley
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kilometers
Replies: 7
Views: 4550

Re: Kilometers

Both of your examples are ok, Stevenloan. Only thing is, " . . . has your car driven?" is a little strange to my ears because a car doesn't drive itself (although, apparently, that is changing). I would amend #2 to read, How many total kilometers have you driven your car ? What's (what does) your od...
by Shelley
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Making one's nut
Replies: 5
Views: 9558

Making one's nut

First off, my search for a previous discussion of this yielded nothing. The search entity explained, very nicely, that it was ignoring the word "nut" because it was too common and too short. I'm short, common, and sometimes a nut but I don't think that's any reason to be ignored. So. One's "nut" is ...
by Shelley
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 10201

Re: Clothes hangers

I'm shocked. Shocked.
by Shelley
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The pub.
Replies: 4
Views: 9197

Re: The pub.

A bloke in the pub told me that he had been given a locket for his birthday. He put his own photograph in it because he wanted to be independent. Bah-dum bump! So, is sologamy even legal? In the U.S., could one take a "married" deduction on one's taxes? It's mighty large, compared to the deduction ...
by Shelley
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 10201

Re: Clothes hangers

. . . pants in American English are trousers in the UK, Australia, New Zealand etc. "Pants" to us are underwear. Well, tony h's comment went right over my head! Thanks for clarifying, Bobinwales. And hardee har-har, tony h! So, I have a few corrections to make about the chart that tony h has posted...
by Shelley
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lots of cigarettes
Replies: 12
Views: 6935

Re: Lots of cigarettes

A twenty a day man. We usually called ourselves, "pack-a-day" smokers, or (horrors!) "two- or three-packs-a-day." Cigarettes came twenty to a pack, so the result is the same. I was a pack-a-day smoker, off and on, until, thankfully, I quit for good -- almost twenty-five years ago. Stevenloan, I kno...
by Shelley
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes hangers
Replies: 15
Views: 10201

Re: Clothes hangers

Generally, these devices are all just lumped together and called hangers, Stevenloan. But, if you want to be precise, the hangers with the notches (you call them "dents") along the shoulder are designed for dresses, and can be called "dress hangers". Even though the ones in the top picture have what...