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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: J S Bach
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: J S Bach

On the basis that Bach is a particular person's name, and that in principle it is reasonable to expect others to at least attempt to say one's name as one would say it oneself, it is a solecism to make no concessions to the name-owner's pronunciation even if that person is of a different nationality...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 480

Re: Lingerie floor

It means that his job obliged him to verbally announce the arrival of the elevator at the floor housing the department which sold women's undergarments. (Presumably, his overweening machismo could not withstand the mismatch between his hypermasculine self-image and his being associated — however ind...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 488

Re: What do you call this job position?

Janitor (Mainly US)
Caretaker (Mainly UK)

The hours worked are incidental, i.e. they are not relevant to your question.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Clients and Customers
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Clients and Customers

I believe the first definitions in the OED do not necessarily represent the main current meaning, but the earliest meaning (which may now be obsolete).
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: J S Bach
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: J S Bach

Yours. The other variant is barking up the wrong tree.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 606

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

It is not a pretty film...but we promised them that we would not forget. And yet we have forgotten. By this I don't mean to imply, for instance, that Remembrance Day is no longer observed, but that all around the world, war continues to be waged and violent atrocities committed to such an extent th...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dog paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 625

Re: Dog paddle

I've always known this as the doggy paddle:

"Can you do the doggy paddle?"
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wool hat
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: Wool hat

It's a chullo, a.k.a. Peruvian hat. When I was a kid, in my junior school we simply called this kind of thing a pompom hat or knitted hat.

The one in the photo seems to feature a lot of variations on the basic style.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Endorsement
Replies: 11
Views: 1058

Re: Endorsement

Bob is right in implying that prescriptive grammarians would disparage the verbal construction "live off of", especially in formal written communication.

However, it is very common in conversation in particular sociolects.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Billowous
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: Billowous

I confess I've never encountered billowous before today. Dictionary.com defines billow as follows: noun a great wave or surge of the sea. any surging mass: billows of smoke. verb (used without object) to rise or roll in or like billows; surge. to swell out, puff up, etc., as by the action of wind: f...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: clickbait
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: clickbait

Ken, I was unable to resist the lure of the title you chose for this thread. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: from the first trip to the moon
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Re: from the first trip to the moon

They're all grammatically correct, but they are all rather vague. Statements a) and c) are outright ambiguous. One problem is the term 'trip'. A trip has a beginning, a middle phase, and an end. This means it has a particular duration. a) would be passable if precision was not required, and if the c...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: would look like Superman
Replies: 1
Views: 500

Re: would look like Superman

1) = Yes
2) --> He looks like Superman would if Superman had fifty pounds of fat on him.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dancing man
Replies: 1
Views: 560

Re: dancing man

1) and 2) are both grammatical, but 1) would be used in preference to 2) unless you were intending to disparage the dancer. '[Male] dancer' would be the best term to use if you were speaking respectfully about him. 3) and 4) are also both grammatical, but 3) would be the first choice of a native spe...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dog whistler issue
Replies: 16
Views: 3747

Re: dog whistler issue

Is there a word to describe speech that is deliberately framed to sound as though something concrete is being said but actually doesn't commit to anything at all? Tony, you have uncapped a gusher here. :D My general list of such terms would include waffle/waffling [British English], B.S., ducking a...