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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Up to the D
Replies: 11
Views: 882

Re: Up to the D

This expression, which I had not previously encountered, was a bit of a head-scratcher. I found that quote on a motivational quotes website, but nowhere else; the expression "up to the D" appears to be almost unknown to Google except as false positives. It was only when I looked up Jack Black on Wik...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Useful tip for those with hard-to-open wallets
Replies: 5
Views: 828

Re: Useful tip for those with hard-to-open wallets

tony h wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:19 pm
After the friend had left Mrs Oliver said to me, "That will never happen to Mr Oliver and me because we always look to repair and mend and love the things better for their repairs."
Very heartwarming! :)
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spin to the holiday
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Re: Spin to the holiday

In this context, spin = variation, twist, (alternative) way of doing something.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Iron frames
Replies: 3
Views: 713

Re: Iron frames

A free-standing structure made from scaffolding poles can be termed a scaffolding tower.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy Christmas!
Replies: 14
Views: 2472

Re: Happy Christmas!

Gdwdwrkr, I don't know where Bob got the picture (unless he says otherwise, I assume it's one he took himself). However, I can tell you that the honey locust is not found in the wild in Britain.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Chrome lock
Replies: 7
Views: 1162

Re: Chrome lock

I would call the clamp a spring-clip {retainer / fastener}. Jars for home canning are usually referred to as Kilner jars in the UK (as Bob mentioned), and Mason jars in the USA. I have also found them described online as Fido jars (which Trolley mentioned) and wire bale jars. Both of these two names...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Commencement
Replies: 9
Views: 1265

Re: Commencement

Bobinwales wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:24 pm
I have never heard of a "commencement". Is this something that only happens in the USA?
As far as I know, this term is used chiefly in North America (i.e. also including Canada). The allusion is to the beginning of the new graduate's life as a full adult.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: whether he has a bank account abroad
Replies: 2
Views: 833

Re: whether he has a bank account abroad

-"Do you know whether he has bank accounts abroad or if he travels abroad a lot?" -"I don't know anything about his bank accounts, but I know that he does travel abroad a lot" From this fragment of conversation I drew the inference that Person B has heard that the asserted traveller X has some fore...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Two different countries
Replies: 11
Views: 1604

Re: Two different countries

X {has / possesses / is of} [mixed / Japanese and Korean] {ancestry / heritage / descent / origin / parentage / ethnicity / nationality**}. ---------- ** Only if the person in question actually possesses both nationalities. As Trolley implies, different people define the various possible labels dif...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy Christmas!
Replies: 14
Views: 2472

Re: Happy Christmas!

This afternoon, when leaving a store where I had been interacting with a customer service rep, the rep wished me "Merry Christmas, peace and all that kind of thing". I replied, "And death to Trump!", whereupon we both laughed. (If only!)
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not a word
Replies: 4
Views: 1618

Re: not a word

Another option for reinforcing the negative sense here: "not a single word".
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: 2018 Word of the Year
Replies: 4
Views: 1814

Re: 2018 Word of the Year

Lord give us wisdom by which we differentiate between mis- and disinformation. If mis information is the dissemination of fake news and falsehoods by people who believe them to be accurate, then dis information is the dissemination of fake news and falsehoods by people who know they are untrue. (Fr...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: but I must...
Replies: 6
Views: 1997

Re: but I must...

What Trolley said.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a message to call your Mom
Replies: 11
Views: 2542

Re: a message to call your Mom

trolley wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:27 pm
Funnier still (at least, to me) is that I just looked it up and it seems that he actually may have been one short of a set.
Less a monarch than a monorch. (Id ellipted.)
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Answer
Replies: 6
Views: 2127

Re: Answer

I don't mind/care
Either [one*/name*] will do
It's all the same to me
I answer to either/both
I have no preference
Both are fine
Whichever/whatever [one*/name*] you like/prefer
It doesn't matter to me
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* Optional