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by Shelley
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 6106

Re: Lingerie floor

Yes, it was a period of ups and downs.
by Shelley
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 6106

Re: Lingerie floor

. . . his overweening machismo could not withstand . . . any suggestion that he possessed a softer side. And yet, in his later, larger years, he was known to wear muumuus . In order to save money during a brief stay in a vintage, down-at-heel Denver hotel, I ran the elevator for about $5 a day. It ...
by Shelley
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Clients and Customers
Replies: 6
Views: 7154

Re: Clients and Customers

I get it, Phil -- there really is a difference. You have clients, who pay for your expertise in providing a needed service. In fact, sometimes the service provided is intangible -- psychological counseling, for example. Yeah, I guess if you translated by the yard, then you might have customers inste...
by Shelley
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 5330

Re: What do you call this job position?

Thank God! I've had my hand raised for hours!
by Shelley
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: J S Bach
Replies: 13
Views: 16415

Re: J S Bach

Aaah, Bach . . .

-- Radar O'Reilly
by Shelley
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 5330

Re: What do you call this job position?

In 2019, the person who heads the cleaning crew committee would be called the "Char."
by Shelley
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Clients and Customers
Replies: 6
Views: 7154

Re: Clients and Customers

After all client and customer have little to distinguish between them. Although your post is about Client States, I just want to say that there's a big perceptual difference between "client" and "customer". I don't think the terms are interchangeable for a lot of people. I work for lawyers, and the...
by Shelley
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 5330

Re: What do you call this job position?

In my office building, and in many New York office buildings, the hours are not incidental, because the crew who cleans offices and maintains bathrooms (i.e., cleans the toilets) usually works at night or, at least, after 6:00 pm or thereabouts. That's so they can do their jobs without interruption,...
by Shelley
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 11651

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

This is the second time this week someone has recommended this film to me.
Close, multiple occurrences of something that's never crossed my field before is usually my clue to pursue, my prompt to -- uh, pay attention.
by Shelley
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Scrumping
Replies: 7
Views: 7760

Re: Scrumping

tony h wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:04 pm
Like traditional geuze beers the fermentation wasn't very predictable . . .
. . . as in, for example, the betelgeuze variety, made from crushed insects.
by Shelley
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Scrumping
Replies: 7
Views: 7760

Re: Scrumping

Anyone who listens, or listened, to The Who will recognize the phrase from the song "5:15", on the album "Quadrophenia": . . . Dreadfully sorry Apple Scrumping . Born in the war Birthday punching. . . . [But why should I care?] Credits to: Peter Townshend Also, there's a bar/restaurant in Fort Colli...
by Shelley
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dog paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 5265

Re: Dog paddle

trolley wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:55 pm
. . . perhaps you should just look it up.
Geez, trolley, don't tell him to look it up! He'll just get a virus or something!

Stevenloan, go there if you must: I hope you're well protected. That's the last I'm going to say on the matter. :wink:
by Shelley
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dog paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 5265

Re: Dog paddle

If I were asking this question, I would shorten it to "Can you dog-paddle?"

Not touching that other one . . .
by Shelley
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Words coined by Thomas Hardy
Replies: 4
Views: 5927

Re: Words coined by Thomas Hardy

The mention of the Royal Society's 1969 contributions (a very good year, incidentally) reminded me of something. I'm halfway through the final tome in Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, nearing the end of an amazing journey through late-17th century and early-18th century Europe (mostly), driven by ac...
by Shelley
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Endorsement
Replies: 11
Views: 6747

Re: Endorsement

It occurred to me that "living off the grid" means the opposite of what the words generally indicate, as mentioned above (i.e., existence owing to the support of something else). Conversely, living "off the grid" means surviving without any assistance or support from societal systems like electrical...