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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Ass
Replies: 0
Views: 159

Ass

Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola explains the versatility and complex usage of the American term 'ass' (for Facebookers):

https://www.facebook.com/teamcoco/video ... 753336066/

Otherwise, browse his own website: http://www.ismoleikola.com/en/videos
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Stephen Hawking
Replies: 0
Views: 154

Stephen Hawking

I was reading a thread on Quora just now on the theme of inappropriate behaviour shown to people with disabilities, and was particularly tickled by this little exchange: ------------------ Ross McMillan This reminds me of an occasion I read about where someone was with Stephen Hawking in a public pl...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The wine waiter
Replies: 0
Views: 109

The wine waiter

Donald and Melania Trump are in a fancy restaurant ordering dinner.

Melania (to the wine waiter): “A friend says I should get Zinfandel.”

Donald: “Why, what did he say about me?”
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: prepared to / willing to
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: prepared to / willing to

Yes, in my opinion it does. Though given that the proportion of people who actively WANT to die 'for their country' (whatever that means) is very small indeed, the difference in degree of willingness here would probably be assumed by most people to be less than in a situation where one was not so ob...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: prepared to / willing to
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: prepared to / willing to

I don't think it matters all that much which word you choose. But I agree with Tony that 'prepared to' implies greater reluctance, or that more coercion would be needed, than 'willing to'.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I won't not use no double negatives.
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: I won't not use no double negatives.

Sometimes, I come across a phrase that I have used my whole life without ever really breaking it down and thinking about what I am actually saying. The other day I responded to a friend with "not on my watch, you won't". I knew what I meant and he knew what I meant but he just looked at me and smil...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used to go down a hill
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Thing used to go down a hill

It would only be necessary to include "sand" when circumstances made it necessary to differentiate with snow (or other media). The question of 'when circumstances [make] it necessary' can be pretty subjective. Say you're picnicking somewhere in the Chiltern hills. Far away In the valley below is a ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used to go down a hill
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Thing used to go down a hill

When I rode on one of these during a visit to Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park a few years ago, the people around me called it a sand toboggan. You could also call it a sand sled or a sand board (though I think the last of these terms might puzzle people who've never heard of this mode of t...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if you don't like any of them
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: if you don't like any of them

"If there's any particular photo you don't like, don't buy it".
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Money
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Money

And "The money in your back pocket..."
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bus
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Bus

Also available in Boston (Massachusetts).

The origin of the term 'duck' for this kind of vehicle is described here and here.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just legs.
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Just legs.

"Is that hoodie his or yours?"

"Please pass on my greetings to you and yours".
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Nope. I just can't see a case for "your's".

Why might YOU use it, Bob?
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sweatshirts
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Sweatshirts

In my opinion, a hoodie is a sweatshirt with a hood.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: everything he said
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: everything he said

Yes.

There is a slight difference in meaning, though. In the absence of any specific context, the 'whatever' versions imply less focus on the content and more on its confirmation.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: until
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: until

Substitute 'as far as' for 'until'. Alternatively: a. Walk up this street until you get to the second intersection and then turn left. b. I went [up] to the third door and stopped. c. He traveled until he got as far as Boston, but [then] [he] couldn't go further. ---------- Text enclosed in square b...