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by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: facts or not facts
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: facts or not facts

The most charitable thing one can say in response to SHS's comment is that she is as prone to brain farts as everyone else in the White House, but that because of her high profile as the President's official spokesperson, hers are more obvious. For instance, doesn't she even realize that what she ca...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: English english?
Replies: 88
Views: 5749

Re: English english?

I must update my assertion that Bush 43 is or was the worst US president of this century. That considerable honour now goes to Dolt 45.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Taking the high road
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Taking the high road

In this amusing Washington Post article, Dana Milbank waxes eloquent on Donald Trump's elevated rhetorical powers.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your help
Replies: 1
Views: 62

Re: your help

None of those wordings sound natural.

Try instead something like:

"I appreciate {your help / you[r] helping me} with my {efforts at self-improvement / self-improvement efforts}".
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trees
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: Trees

Those are vines or creepers. This particular creeper is probably ivy.

So, "I like to grow {vines/ivy} up my walls". If you don't specify that you like to grow grapevines, most people will assume you mean vines in general.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 4
Views: 112

Re: comma question

I disagree with Bob that 2) makes no sense. I read its meaning as follows: - I saw Joan. - I also saw other women. These (in contrast to Joan) I found interesting. The comma between 'other' and 'interesting' in 2) marks them off from each other, making them separate and distinct descriptors. This se...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: foofaraw
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: foofaraw

Reminds me of 'free-for-all', i.e. a melee. But that's doubtless purely coincidental.

It's not 2017 I'd like to see shot.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if he has any
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: if he has any

None of those are incorrect (though 'c' sounds a little peculiar), but they all sound dismissive and patronising because they suggest that it's very unlikely that the person mentioned has any interesting ideas. Unless that's what you were intentionally going for, it would be better to say: "I'm sure...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence
Replies: 11
Views: 312

Re: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence

Bob's right. Otherwise there would be endless confusion as to which location was being referred to.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swords
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Swords

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I would call those tassels.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.
Replies: 13
Views: 384

Re: 1 in 1 million people is / are affected.

"One in 1 million people is / are affected" and "One person in 1 million is affected" are essentially identical in meaning. The second statement unquestionably requires the singular verb 'is', so it can be argued that the first statement similarly requires it. However (and notwithstanding Tony's cav...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence
Replies: 11
Views: 312

Re: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence

I didn't realise that St. Alban had been leading such a notoriously dissolute lifestyle that even Chiswell Greensfolk might feel obliged to observe it with their own eyes.

If they were from North Mymms or Colney Heath, I could understand it better.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Airport pipe
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Airport pipe

Wikipedia says: "A jet bridge (also termed jetway, gangway, aerobridge/airbridge, air jetty, portal, skybridge, or its official industry name, passenger boarding bridge (PBB)) is an enclosed, movable connector which most commonly extends from an airport terminal gate to an airplane, and in some ins...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hat
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Hat

I would call it a [floral] bonnet.