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by Shelley
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Women Who Read
Replies: 6
Views: 12011

Re: Women Who Read

Well, gee, I don't know what else you'd call them. Untenable alternatives? :wink:

P.S. Somehow, I like the old emoticons better . . . ;^)
by Shelley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Promises
Replies: 7
Views: 4585

Re: Promises

I can appreciate that "person" or "woman" of one's word doesn't scan as well as "man of his/you/my word". That might be what tony h was getting at when he says the inclusive versions "don't work." There are ways around it though: "I/you/she/they had better keep my/your/her/their word", for example.
by Shelley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What's the damage?
Replies: 7
Views: 5987

Re: What's the damage?

Of course, this idiom might become ambiguous if you asked it of your garage mechanic, or your home insurance claims adjuster, after an accident or disaster. Just sayin'.
by Shelley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Women Who Read
Replies: 6
Views: 12011

Re: Women Who Read

Hah! Kind of like being asked to represent all the tribes of the world when you're the only indigenous soul in the room at the moment. The pressure mounts: what if I'm wrong? What if I make a mistake? So, women love this joke, Phil. They love, especially, the word-for-word repetition of the setup, b...
by Shelley
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Just learnt to drive
Replies: 6
Views: 5760

Re: Just learnt to drive

Around here, Stevenloan, the big sign on the car proclaims, "STUDENT DRIVER". Those two words say it all: no need to beg for patience or understanding. Everyone should know, automatically, to give you lots of room. Good luck and be safe!
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A litre of petrol
Replies: 8
Views: 7157

Re: A litre of petrol

Hah! That was great, Phil, thanks for the laugh.
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: hymeneal
Replies: 4
Views: 11630

Re: hymeneal

tony h wrote: Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:03 pmIt reminds me of a conversation on the train with a surgeon. She specialised in Hymenoplasty . . .
tony h, yer killin' me.
by Shelley
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Making one's nut
Replies: 5
Views: 11222

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: 7157

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: 5046

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: 5557

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: 4166

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: 3144

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: 5289

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: 10258

Re: How many linguists?

And Shelley to ask, "Why is it always a man changing the lightbulb?"