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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: crack any code
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: crack any code

Phil is right.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A low bar
Replies: 1
Views: 170

A low bar

A sexual predator, a con artist and a fascist walk into a bar.

The bartender asks, "What'll it be, Mr President?"
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: umami

I feel it should be pointed out that qualifying the adjective 'true' with 'very' adds nothing to its meaning.

:D
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Clothes
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: Clothes

Pyjamas (UK)
Pajamas (US)

(Tony: The image — https://cbu01.alicdn.com/img/ibank/2016 ... 00x400.jpg — was visible yesterday. It's very odd that today it isn't being displayed in the Wordwizard embedded format.)
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Malaphor?
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: Malaphor?

Don't worry, Bob. You're safe so long as you just keep referring to her as 'she' or 'her'. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: umami
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: unami

UNAMI refers to the Algonquian people or their language.

UMAMI refers to the taste category.

There is no overlap of meaning.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Crescent-shape area
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Crescent-shape area

I would describe both the fireplace and the surrounding seating area as a firepit.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Assist device
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: Assist device

tony h wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:46 pm
I need a gin sling for my broken heart.
There are quite few uses for a sling.
Sorry to hear it, Tony.

Sounds like you've been having to endure some of life's slings and arrows...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: fribble and fricatrice
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: fribble and fricatrice

Which dictionary?

What happens during each act?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Motorcycle
Replies: 10
Views: 993

Re: Motorcycle

I think you should run with your daughter's suggestion, Tony. You'll prove to her that you're as cool as she already suspects. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not six feet
Replies: 7
Views: 958

Re: not six feet

Yes to c). But it sounds decidedly awkward, as though the reference to their lack of education was an afterthought that the speaker had decided must be shoehorned into the sentence come what may. Why bother with the clumsy adjectival phrase "not well-educated" when a term like "poorly educated", "ba...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Town house - USA usage.
Replies: 8
Views: 2586

Re: Town house - USA usage.

As Trolley implies, what is implied by the term 'townhouse' can vary quite a bit. The Wikipedia article on the topic gives a usefully detailed description of the concept and its connotations in the USA. It might be helpful to know that what the article calls 'rowhouses' equates in UK parlance to ter...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Umbrella
Replies: 6
Views: 1245

Re: Umbrella

Bobinwales wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:13 pm
trolley wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:30 am
Yes, I had one do the "Wizard of Oz thing" and knock my gutter off as it sailed over my house.
I must say that I would be very interested to see our friend WoZ sail over a house.
I wonder how many gutters WoZ has dislodged in the course of his aeronautical exploits.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Stone
Replies: 3
Views: 852

Re: Stone

You can also call it a plinth.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Umbrella
Replies: 6
Views: 1245

Re: Umbrella

That is known as an offset [patio] umbrella, offset parasol or offset sunshade. This kind of umbrella has a base which is either very heavy or is designed to be bolted to the deck or patio in order to return the centre of gravity close enough to the support pole to prevent the entire thing from over...