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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Too bunny
Replies: 2
Views: 1488

Re: Too bunny

It's presumably a typo for 'funny'. "It's too bunny" makes no sense in this context (or in any other that I can think of).
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Daylight Robbery
Replies: 7
Views: 2452

Re: Daylight Robbery

My surmise is that the term is intended to emphasise the shamelessness of an instance of price gouging by comparing it to the shamelessness of a robbery carried out in full view rather than under the cover of darkness.

I agree that the 'window tax' explanation stinks... of folk etymology.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A moral boost
Replies: 6
Views: 2173

Re: A moral boost

It's a typo for 'morale boost' or 'morale booster'.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The best schools
Replies: 3
Views: 1480

Re: The best schools

In the case of the college admissions cheating scandal involving Felicity Huffman, I've seen her described as taking part in a college admissions {scam / fraud / scheme} and college bribery. Of course, fraudulent scheming of all kinds is widespread, typically among the most privileged groups of soci...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The best-laid plans
Replies: 0
Views: 763

The best-laid plans

A rich young man went to his doctor and told him he'd like to murder his wife in the most legal way possible. The doctor said, "Well, have sex with her twenty times a day. This will exhaust her so much that she'll naturally expire in a couple of months". The man went away to plot. Two months later t...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: None so blind...
Replies: 0
Views: 668

None so blind...

A man goes to his doctor for an exam. The doc, concerned about his patient's smoking, drinking and carousing, tells him he'll go blind if he doesn't immediately stop smoking, drinking and having sex. A month later the man goes back for a follow-up appointment. "Have you been following my orders?" "S...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Re: happy ones

With opera in a language I don't understand, and anything else where I can't understand the words, my response is dependent almost entirely on the qualities of the music (and sometimes the sonic quality of the singing). For example, as a non-speaker of Italian I can still find Verdi's Aida a pleasur...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Re: happy ones

I enjoy well-crafted, easily decipherable lyrics as much as anyone. Classic performances that feature items from 'the great American songbook' are prime examplars. But taking that as one extreme of the continuum, at the other there are also an awful lot of noisy, overproduced pop songs where the lyr...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Re: happy ones

I can't be bothered to try to parse word-salad lyrics. I tend to assume that whoever wrote them was either high, having a psychotic breakdown, or a Google Translate victim.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: happy ones
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Re: happy ones

Maybe that explains why the lyrics of so much music from the 60s onwards aren't worth a light.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I'd like to coin the phrase: advertiser's apostrophe
Replies: 2
Views: 1366

Re: I'd like to coin the phrase: advertiser's apostrophe

That reminds me of the apparent explanation for so many scam emails containing obvious errors and typos.

See here for more details.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Do as I say, etc.
Replies: 0
Views: 734

Do as I say, etc.

A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy city street. Just as he was nearing the intersection in front of him, the light turned yellow. The man did the right thing and stopped, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Holding a cup next to
Replies: 11
Views: 2224

Re: Holding a cup next to

Sounds delightful.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Holding a cup next to
Replies: 11
Views: 2224

Re: Holding a cup next to

Quite how people know when it is ok to use such forms I do not know. I would never use them [...]. Indeed. The claimed belief of some British men (and it is almost always men) that insulting or otherwise belittling people they know should be thought of as "endearing" or bond-strengthening smacks of...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Holding a cup next to
Replies: 11
Views: 2224

Re: Holding a cup next to

There you have it, Steven, straight from the horse's mouth: old people who make a habit of being unapologetically insulting are more charming than other people think.