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by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 28, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: much less
Replies: 6
Views: 493

Re: much less

But as regards sentence '1', I seem hopelessly lost. I think I have a blind spot or something. To me, in that sentence 'much less' has to be replaced with 'more so'. 1) "The sides of River Up are too wooded for stands, much less visitors." 1a) The sides of River Up are too wooded for stands, more s...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 25, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gaslighting
Replies: 2
Views: 688

Re: gaslighting

Thank you, Ken.

My thoughts regarding Trump and... well, American society in general (with the honourable exception of yourself and other US-based fellow-Wordwizards, of course!) are not fit to be expressed in polite company, so I'll keep them to myself in this forum.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 25, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Grammer Nazi
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Re: Grammer Nazi

The comments under the Grammer Nazi clip are even Grammer Nazier than than the clip. :lol:
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 23, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dangling modifier?
Replies: 6
Views: 486

Re: dangling modifier?

"What he was doing... in my pajamas I have no idea."
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 21, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so/thus
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: so/thus

In the second sentence of each of those pairs, the final 'thus' or 'so' is superfluous. Leaving them out would make the statements sound more natural and less pedantic. Similarly, the first sentence of each pair would sound better if the rather old-fashioned or bureaucratic-sounding phrase 'certain ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 14, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 11
Views: 2454

Re: tinfoil hat

Notice that the cat's tinfoil hat is shaped like a fish. (Any kind will do — except a tuna fish, for obvious reasons.)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Favourite dictionary ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Re: Favourite dictionary ...

I do prefer the paper format when I'm reading a physical book, precisely because it is such a suitable vehicle for serendipitous finds. However, when I'm at the computer it is usually quicker and more convenient simply to use OneLook and its associated resources, especially as those are all more up-...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 1557

Re: spoony

Which is sometimes also the just deserts spoon...

Thanks for painting that amusing little scene for us, Tony. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

Re: All together

Thanks for those insights, Tony. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Re: Secrets

You:

Keep something under your hat; keep mum [about it]; stay quiet / silent [about it]; say nothing [about it]; keep [it] sub rosa [Rare usage]; keep [it] to yourself; keep [it] confidential.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a van for carrying
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: a van for carrying

The usual verbs to describe the moving of objects from one place to another using a vehicle or animal are move, transport, convey and shift, whereas 'carry' suggests they are being moved by hand.

Hence moving, transporting, conveying and shifting rather than 'carrying'.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 07, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

Re: All together

I see... The 'special' kind of 'special'! :D

What did you dislike about it, Bob? (I've never read it, so I'm just curious.)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 07, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Favourite dictionary ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Re: Favourite dictionary ...

My mainstay for many years has been a 1983 edition of Chambers 20th Century Dictionary, which has the advantages of being reasonably comprehensive and coming in a single volume. But at 35 years old, it's definitely inferior to today's online resources. Of those, the Onelook.com metadictionary is my ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 07, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

Re: All together

Good point, Tony.

And thanks for posting the Ingres painting here; it underscores your comments very well.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun May 06, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

Re: All together

It can be read that "for the altogether" meant the full body not simply a head shot or, hands or, whatever. Emphasising that Trilby was delightful in her entirety, discernible even whilst wrapped in a military greatcoat. Not just a pretty face. This seems to be confirmed later when Trilby says: "I ...