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by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 11, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swimming pools
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Swimming pools

That is known as an infinity pool.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 09, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bathroom to use
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: Bathroom to use

It's a reference to the confusion that has arisen in the West's sexual politics (and more particularly the sexual politics of the USA, given the image) as a result of the deliberate conflation of biological sex (a genetically determined reality) with gender (a social construct shaped by social norms...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 05, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bears mess vs Bears shit
Replies: 2
Views: 946

Re: Bears mess vs Bears shit

I found the text spoken by Person A as a podcast description, but it is not followed by Person B's comments. This confirmed my sense that there is no connection between the texts being attributed to the two speakers. I therefore have no idea what Person B was discussing, but what I can tell you is t...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 04, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Right on point
Replies: 2
Views: 790

Re: Right on point

If we insert President Donald J. Trump's name for Biden into Person B's wording, we get the following: "A photo does say a thousand words, and President Donald J. Trump's name for Biden ("Creepy Crawly Joe") is right on point". So Person B is saying that Trump's nickname for Biden is well chosen. --...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 03, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Happiness
Replies: 2
Views: 849

Re: Happiness

The answer to that question becomes clearer if we slightly reword the first sentence so that it better matches the format of the second, thus making the sentences easier to compare: 1b. Sometimes, happiness is as simple as this. 2. Sometimes, happiness is simple like this. This little adjustment rev...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 02, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Faster than a hot potato
Replies: 3
Views: 1069

Re: Faster than a hot potato

"Hot potato" also has a metaphorical connotation, Steve, which is connected with the literal hot potato that Trolley describes. In the context of a conversation, I would define it as "a topic that is highly contentious, embarrassing or awkward to discuss and is therefore often avoided". We have the ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pure
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

Re: Pure

Yes.

A small tip: Rather than "quite many meanings", it would be better to say "quite a lot of meanings" or "quite a few meanings".

Don't ask me to explain the logic of "quite a few". I'm not sure there is any. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The / An edge
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

Re: The / An edge

As I think Trolley's answer shows, Steve, context is the main factor to be taken into account when parsing statements like the one you quoted. I would use "an edge" in a situation where the advantage is rather vague, such as the one conferred by a morning cup of coffee, and "the edge" when there is ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Facilities
Replies: 1
Views: 1188

Re: Facilities

Bog? Shitter?
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A cool treat
Replies: 3
Views: 1135

Re: A cool treat

What Trolley said.

But also "cool" in the sense of "admirable + stylish".

So "a cool treat" is a play on both meanings of "cool".
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The facilities
Replies: 4
Views: 1290

Re: The facilities

I use it too, when I want to be humorously euphemistic.

I don't believe anyone I've said it to on either side of the pond has ever misunderstood what I meant.

As far as I know I am about the same age as Trolley, so we must be at the same stage of fuddyduddydom. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In all honesty
Replies: 5
Views: 1452

Re: In all honesty

This discussion reminds me of a standalone phrase that is used in a passive-aggressive gaslighting sort of way, "Just saying!" (or its more folksy slight contraction, "Just sayin'!", immediately after the delivery of a derogatory or negative comment. It's a way of telling someone that you have just ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Translations
Replies: 3
Views: 1959

Re: Translations

Seems legit. ;)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Highest tree
Replies: 3
Views: 1432

Re: Highest tree

Our friendly fellow B appears to be saying that she should either be killed and buried ("eight feet under", though the usual euphemism for being buried is "six feet under"), or killed by being lynched (eight feet in this case presumably being his suggested length of rope between the noose and the br...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Half asleep half awake
Replies: 4
Views: 1586

Re: Half asleep half awake

Dozing or {Semi-conscious / half-conscious / half-awake} or {semi-unconscious / half-unconscious / half-asleep} , depending on what you wish to emphasize. I'm not aware of any word in English that describes a person who is in this state, other than "sleepwalker" or "zombie", both of which describe ...