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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Never there enough
Replies: 8
Views: 241

Re: Never there enough

Tony, your comment PROMPTED me to look up the etymology of that rather curious-looking impromptu . According to Online Etymology Dictionary , the 'im-' element in impromptu is not a prefix of negation: 1660s, from French impromptu (1650s), from Latin in promptu "in readiness," from assimilated form ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Receive flack
Replies: 4
Views: 146

Re: Receive flack

This set of definitions obtained using Onelook.com should help to answer your question: ▸ noun: artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes ▸ noun: intense adverse criticism ▸ noun: a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer You receive flak just as you mi...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Never there enough
Replies: 8
Views: 241

Re: Never there enough

I might agree more with Tony if it was not for the fact that the cricketer has mentioned four things that appeal to him in the locality (the fact that Nottingham is his home territory, and that it also encompasses his local pub, the cricket ground and the nearby countryside). Given that it's his hom...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pillows
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: Pillows

That's a bolster.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: at the age of
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: at the age of

I think that to extract Trolley's alternative meanings from his examples, you'd have to be making a deliberate effort to misconstrue them. The context will usually be sufficiently obvious to enable you to disambiguate sentences like those without much difficulty.

:roll:
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: standing behind tables
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: standing behind tables

FYI: In US English, the unrelated but superficially similar construction is/are done + gerund is equivalent to has/have finished + gerund.

For instance,

"I'm done eating" means "I've finished eating", and

"Are you done painting the walls?" means "Have you finished painting the walls?"
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hear
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Hear

The literal meaning is roughly "Yes, I've heard that".

In this context, it seems to me to have a rather sarcastic edge: something along the lines of "I've had enough of people telling me that," but with the thought expressed more indirectly.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: like the ones you see in the movies
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Re: like the ones you see in the movies

Lose the commas and pluralize 'creature'.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for them all
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: for them all

You couldn't use any of those variants without risking being misunderstood.

To avoid any ambiguity, you'd have to say either

"I bought each of them two beers"

or

"I bought two beers for each of them".
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: before everybody
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: before everybody

a. I poured a cup of tea for her, before everybody else. could also mean a1. I poured a cup of tea for her before anybody else poured her one [with the implication "I poured her a cup of tea instead of anybody else doing so"]. ---------------- b. I bought a sandwich for her, before everybody else. c...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Vegetables container
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: Vegetables container

Other terms:

Plant trough and garden trough.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Taxis
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: Taxis

What Trolley said.

Otherwise, I'd call it a steel (or whatever metal it's made of) partition or grille, security partition or partition screen. Possibly also compartment divider.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: enemies/the enemies
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: enemies/the enemies

You would be unlikely to use the enemies successfully. You would be more likely to use the enemy which would change context to be more likely a military engagement. Good point. The singular form, 'the enemy', usually refers to an officially or overtly designated, impersonal enemy — as Tony correctl...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Beer
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Beer

Maybe the people who set up the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) wanted an acronym that sounded snappy.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chump change
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: Chump change

You're very welcome, Bonnie. :)