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by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 27, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An eatery that cheats a customer
Replies: 5
Views: 2369

Re: An eatery that cheats a customer

I'm not aware of any term specifically for an eatery that price-gouges / overcharges / takes financial advantage of its customers. In general terms, such a company could be called a rip-off merchant, sharks, thieves , or robbers. ("Don't buy anything from them. They're absolute sharks!") (A loan sha...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 25, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Baby's thing
Replies: 4
Views: 2873

Re: Baby's thing

Here's a version with a built-in crap-catcher:

https://babybjorn-us.imgix.net/app/uplo ... rmat&w=768
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 23, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How many percent?
Replies: 2
Views: 2320

Re: How many percent?

I'd probably ask something like "What's my [phone] battery level at now?" or "How much charge is there in my phone?"
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 22, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What do you call ...
Replies: 5
Views: 3777

Re: What do you call ...

The best way to prevent that kind of thing is to watch YouTube in incognito / private viewing / stealth (etc.) mode, which will prevent the site from saving permanent cookies to your device. Alternatively, Phil, you could welcome the opportunity to embrace your inner Genghis. Tony, I think the answe...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 21, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pregnant belly
Replies: 6
Views: 3345

Re: Pregnant belly

On a different point entirely, the comment "you'd think I were Betty Draper" doesn't sound natural. It ought to be "you'd think I was Betty Draper". (For anyone who's wondering who that is, she was the uptight but somewhat neglected wife of the advertising exec Don Draper in the HBO series Mad Men. )
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 20, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gee Gee
Replies: 7
Views: 4014

Re: Gee Gee

My guide: "What did you just call them?" Me: "Ah, yes, well ... That's what my dog, Sheba calls them ..." I wonder whether the guide also asked what Sheba calls cows and lambs. ----- This question came up once before on Wordwizard (see http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3249). Of ...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 17, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A downer
Replies: 2
Views: 2796

Re: A downer

Yes. "I don't want to spoil your [good] mood / upset your expectations" is the basic idea here.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 08, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Gossip
Replies: 5
Views: 2495

Re: Gossip

I remember also coming across this form of address in a 19th-century novel when I was a kid (I'm afraid I no longer recall what the novel was), but I did not understand it then and have only been reminded about it just now. The American Heritage Dictionary lists the following definitions: 1. Rumor o...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 04, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to teach to swim
Replies: 1
Views: 2167

Re: to teach to swim

Only 1) and 3) work for me, and of those two, 3) sounds very stilted.

In practice, most people would simplify it to "I have a student to teach swimming."

Or they would just go for 1) or A).
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 04, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sleeping style
Replies: 8
Views: 3461

Re: Sleeping style

"He's in bed, [curled up] in the f(o)etal position".
by Erik_Kowal
Sat May 04, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sleeping style
Replies: 8
Views: 3461

Re: Sleeping style

Stevenloan wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 3:53 pm
In the picture the man has the sleeping style like that because it's cold.
I can think of more effective ways of keeping warm. Some of them even involve blankets or other coverings. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Thu May 02, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Talking in the abstract.
Replies: 3
Views: 2659

Re: Talking in the abstract.

According to this source , the context was as follows: "Then, challenged by Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Chair Sir Bernard Jenkin as to whether she would contemplate leaving the EU of her own choice without a Withdrawal Agreement, she used the following formulation of w...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: legitimate (the verb)
Replies: 3
Views: 2665

Re: legitimate (the verb)

Note: I’m surprised that no dictionaries I checked ever mentioned “legitimatize” as a synonym. Also, it seems like there is overlap between definitions 1 and 3. There does exist the verb legitimize, which I think is the most commonly-used verb that carries the meanings of 'to legitimate'. I agree w...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The bill will be a lot easier
Replies: 3
Views: 2576

Re: The bill will be a lot easier

I take it to mean "the bill will be much more affordable [will be a lot easier] for me [on this poor soul]".
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Expendable
Replies: 2
Views: 2367

Re: Expendable

In this context, Schwarzenegger appears to mean that it would be acceptable for the people in the elevator to be sacrificed (by being attacked) if they were characters in an action movie.