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by Shelley
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: or vs. and
Replies: 2
Views: 1160

Re: or vs. and

Hi azz, Sentence A is by far the most grammatically correct, in my opinion. I would switch things up a little, though: "They gave prizes to twenty Colombian and Brazilian authors." See, you don't want to separate your verb(?) and subject(?)/object(?) from each other by too many words. It sounds bett...
by Shelley
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Endorsement
Replies: 11
Views: 2405

Re: Endorsement

. . . we do hear "off of" this side of The Pond, but it is severely frowned upon. There is a negative connotation to making a living "off of" something, as opposed to living by one's honest efforts (toiling, teaching, writing, throwing a ball, whatever). To live "off of" something means to be a par...
by Shelley
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wool hat
Replies: 6
Views: 1583

Re: Wool hat

I'd call those "ear flaps". Ear muffs are something else, in my neck of the tundra. Never called it a Laplander hat, but yeah -- it's definitely what you see when you look up the name. Come to think of it, I've never really called that kind of hat anything, 'cept maybe "the hat my friend made when s...
by Shelley
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Fruit juice container
Replies: 5
Views: 2089

Re: Fruit juice container

Dang, gdwd, you beat me to the punch! (. . . which is not too hard to do, since I show up so rarely.) Would I be completely wrong to call this thing an urn? A samovar? Does a samovar HAVE to contain only hot tea? To me, "dispenser" applies to other stuff: cup dispenser, tic-tac dispenser, pez dispen...
by Shelley
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 8
Views: 2313

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

Oh my god, Erik. I thought we had it bad, but . . . well, we still have it very bad.
Your coverage is excellent, although I'll have to read it a few more times to get all the nuance.
And like Bob, I plan to invite people with Brexit questions to look at your post. Many thanks for the summary!
by Shelley
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hob
Replies: 15
Views: 3611

Re: Hob

Then I thought that making it a touch-screen would be cool. Except it gets real hot. Bad idea. I hate to tell you how I tested the heat on the griddle when I was a hotel breakfast cook oh-so-many years ago. I didn't have to make that mistake more than once. Anthony Bourdain would have been very dis...
by Shelley
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dog whistler issue
Replies: 16
Views: 5673

Re: dog whistler issue

So, I was having trouble understanding the intended meaning of "dog whistle" politics/issue, because I was stuck on the kind of dog whistle we were talking about: 1) the device - a whistle, inaudible to humans, which is brought up to the lips and blown, or 2) a short, sharp high note, tweeted by a g...
by Shelley
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: very tall and strong
Replies: 5
Views: 1731

Re: very tall and strong

In my opinion, the problem with C is the redundancy of "and also". You can say "and", or "also", but saying them together is repetitive.
Hi there, Kippiis. And "cheers" to you, too!
by Shelley
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: As Time Goes By
Replies: 5
Views: 3158

Re: As Time Goes By

OPLWT, Bobinwales! (Translation: Outright, Prolonged Laughter, With Tears.)
What a great way to begin my Saturday. Thanks.
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 5140

Re: Authoress

Yeah, trolley, the use of "authoress" by the interviewer in your opening post was weird and jarring. Anachronistic. Who knows what they were thinking. My guess is, they probably weren't. Say, what is a brief and concise gender-neutral term for warehouseman? Warehouse worker? By the way, I'm not one ...
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Recent events in Norfolk
Replies: 5
Views: 1058

Re: Recent events in Norfolk

Quick, someone please take that man's driver's license away from him.
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 5140

Re: Authoress

This is an area that allows for, and requires, a lot of flexibility. People have to be able to use a gender-specific term if it's needed in order to clarify meaning. If context doesn't make a headline clear, then yes, a gender-specific word has to be used: "Key Grip Won't Keep Hands Off Best Boy" wi...
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: anyone who saw
Replies: 12
Views: 2444

Re: anyone who saw

. . . what does "Let's make like a banana skin and split" supposed to be or mean? Sorry, tony h -- if I'd said it right (like Phil White did above), it might have made more sense. Making like a banana and splitting is a reference to a "banana split", an over-indulgence involving: a banana, split in...
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: String of fur
Replies: 9
Views: 2122

Re: String of fur

If you're talking about the circle of "fur" under the woman's hat -- well, it's hair. At least that's what fur is called when it's on a human. Otherwise, yes, gdwd's right: it's a cluster of feathers. I believe that lady is Hyacinth Bucket (Boo-KAY) -- for whom "keeping up appearances" was of paramo...
by Shelley
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: very tall and strong
Replies: 5
Views: 1731

Re: very tall and strong

Agree with Phil White. Less is more.