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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kleptocracy
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: kleptocracy

<2018 “The Hudson Institute has promoted programs examining the rise of kleptocracy in governments around the world, with Russia as a prime target.”— New York Times , 21 August> According to Wikipedia , "The Hudson Institute is a politically conservative,[6] 501(c)(3) non-profit American think tank...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: Charmed

In my opinion, it would be said more by older people than by younger folk. And it would be more likely to be said to a woman than to a man.

But as always in questions of social protocol, perceptions and usages vary, so other people may have a different sense of the term than I do.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Restaurant roof
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: Restaurant roof

I would call it a pergola.

This is the kind of 'arbour I imagine Tony was thinking of:

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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: Do someone else's work

Just let me know the next time you need maternity cover, John. I'll be happy to stand in for you any time. :lol:
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do someone else's work
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: Do someone else's work

Substitute [or sub] for John.
Stand in for John.
Do maternity cover for John.
Provide sickness cover for John.
Take on John's tasks while he's off sick.
Keep John's seat warm while he's recuperating.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Finger food for thought
Replies: 32
Views: 11304

Re: Finger food for thought

Thanks! That's not the sort of history that's taught in public schools here. An awful lot of American history is not taught in American schools, whether they are state-run or privately run, and a lot of what is taught is, regrettably, tendentious and self-serving. (In that respect it's like most of...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Convenience shops
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Re: Convenience shops

As Tony says, local customs vary. Where I used to live in the USA there were convenience stores attached to gas stations which were open 24/7. In large metropolises like New York City you will also find some that are independent of gas stations.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nothing good
Replies: 3
Views: 600

Re: Nothing good

It's an example of what you might call mock modesty, implying that you are deliberately downplaying your good qualities in order not to sound big-headed.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a man and woman
Replies: 1
Views: 387

Re: a man and woman

I agree with your interpretations, though they could easily be overturned by a contradicting clarification.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chrome circle
Replies: 9
Views: 1049

Re: Chrome circle

I can see that website, but the link is to the top-level domain's landing page, not to an image file or even a lower-level page. Do you have any other images? (If you can still see the original photo, open the link in Chrome in your PC, right-click on the image, and select the option to run a search...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chrome circle
Replies: 9
Views: 1049

Re: Chrome circle

Not showing here either.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Eulogy for lost friends
Replies: 6
Views: 854

Re: Eulogy for lost friends

I'm sorry to hear of this development, Phil. I can only imagine how wrenching it must be to you to close such a significant chapter.

Hopefully, by letting go of it you are making more room for something else in your life that has positive value for you.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trousers
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: Trousers

The treatment given to the lower part of the chaps (which usually cover only the front part of the leg — something that is not obvious from the photo you have included here) is known as a fringe. They are intentional cuts, not accidental rips. So you could describe the chaps as being fringed at the ...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Worse
Replies: 2
Views: 521

Re: Worse

Because James was only pretending to be Harry's friend. That kind of 'comfort' is no comfort at all. It's the very opposite, in fact: the casual dismissal of the gravity of Harry's predicament is a demonstration of callousness and James's obvious lack of concern regarding the welfare of Harry and hi...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Fifty quid pro quo
Replies: 1
Views: 661

Fifty quid pro quo

A man walks into a bar with a mouse on his shoulder. "What are you doing with that animal in here?" the barman asks the stranger. The man replies, "Well, I have a proposition for you. The mouse gets to stay — and I get a full bottle of good whisky — if I can show you the little feller playing the pi...