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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: for instance
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: for instance

1) and 2) are both fine as they stand, and have the same meaning. Shifting "on my own as well" in 3) and 4) to the end of the sentence is clumsy because it separates that qualification from the activity it describes. Incidentally, there's a spelling mistake: it should be "L'Avventura", not "L'Aventu...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: sloppy idientity
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: sloppy idientity

Where there is a possibility of ambiguity of wording leading to a misunderstanding of the intended meaning, just REWRITE the sentence clearly and have done with it, e.g.: Glen blames/hates himself, and Patrick blames/hates him too. Both Glen and Patrick blame/hate themselves. Glen blames himself for...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Tennis
Replies: 7
Views: 2137

Re: Tennis

Incidentally, Steve, the Nike stripe resembling a tick (UK English) or check mark (US English) is known as a swoosh.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hilarious
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: Hilarious

The context will almost always clarify what kind of interpretation the speaker is encouraging his audience to apply.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing Archive
Topic: Thanks for introducing to love of life...
Replies: 11
Views: 5320

Re: Thanks for introducing to love of life...

If she is a decent person, I believe the sister-in-law would ultimately be pleased and gratified at learning what an important role she had played in Anessa's love life. Any bitterness, chagrin or mortification would surely be diluted and dissipated after she had taken some time out for mature refle...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Opinions on why the chicken crossed the road
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

Opinions on why the chicken crossed the road

THE BIBLE: And the Lord spake from the heavens, saying unto the chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road." And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing in the henhouse. RENE DESCARTES: I think… Hey, is that a chicken crossing the road? RONALD REAGAN: Huh? Was there a chicken? I was asle...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waited till
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: waited till

f. He waited till the sun rose for the landscape to appear in all their glory. g. He waited for the sun to rise for the landscape to appear in all their glory.[/b] Both these sentences require the singular possessive pronoun with glory: "for the landscape to appear in all its glory". The rest are a...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Are we there yet?
Replies: 1
Views: 569

Are we there yet?

Mum: We've got a long road trip ahead of us.
Me: Where are we going?
Mum: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
Me: Why have we stopped?
Mum: We've arrived.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: in which
Replies: 4
Views: 1653

Re: in which

Phil White wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:16 pm
You could probably just get away with "there has been a terrible accident in which an unknown number of people have been hurt," but even that sounds very strange.
Yes. If the number of casualties is unknown, there is no clear basis for describing it as "a terrible accident".
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bloody
Replies: 5
Views: 1345

Re: Bloody

No, because the whole point of uttering that exclamation is to be rude and dismissive.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Perdaughter
Replies: 4
Views: 2339

Re: Perdaughter

The facetious suggestions of "Isle of Person" and "Isle of Perdaughter" as replacements for "Isle of Man" are based on both an etymological fallacy and a reality-based one. The etymological fallacy is highlighted by the Wikipedia article about the island: "The name is probably cognate with the Welsh...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Respect - Polite - Forgive
Replies: 7
Views: 2955

Re: Respect - Polite - Forgive

We like to be equally rude to everybody, especially Phil :) . I shall not comment on your customary imprecision in expression that renders that sentence ambiguous... I can think of a couple of contributors to this site who are well practised in seeking elucidations of potential ambiguities. Maybe o...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Steep
Replies: 2
Views: 1733

Re: Steep

They are both correct. The difference is that 1) softens the apparent degree of steepness in price.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: which came out in 1973
Replies: 2
Views: 1912

Re: which came out in 1973

I suspect that today, so many years later, even Roger Daltrey would be unable to truthfully explain his thought processes from around the time that the album came out unless he had noted the down in a diary or a journal of some kind, or maybe given an interview to a newspaper back then in which he m...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Too big to
Replies: 2
Views: 1923

Re: Too big to

Yes. :)