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by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: another man
Replies: 1
Views: 1002

Re: another man

Yes.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sonogram
Replies: 8
Views: 1794

Re: Sonogram

That's very amusing, Trolley. I haven't heard that one before. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sonogram
Replies: 8
Views: 1794

Re: Sonogram

Otherwise, the format of 2) is better; a sonogram or ultrasound image cannot be a person, which 1) implies.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Missing wife
Replies: 0
Views: 984

Missing wife

Husband: My wife is missing. She went to rescue people from the flooding yesterday and hasn't come home. Sergeant at police ptation: What's her height? Husband: Gee, I'm not sure. A little over five feet tall. Sergeant: Weight? Husband: Don't know. Not slim, not really fat. Sergeant: Color of eyes? ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: She Loves You
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Re: She Loves You

Certainly, if you'll let me explain to you the lore of levity, Phil.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: She Loves You
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Re: She Loves You

Whether it went bust or tits-up, the result was the same.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: woe betide
Replies: 5
Views: 1281

Re: woe betide

The expression 'woe betide' appears to be a subjunctive form that is short for "May [or let] woe betide you" [often with 'if X happens' or 'if you do Y'] — in other words, it is to be hoped that bad things will befall you [if X happens or if you do Y]. However, the usage does not appear to have a co...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not the whole
Replies: 2
Views: 999

Re: not the whole

b), d), f).

However, they all achieve grammaticality if "Not the whole" is replaced with "Not the whole of the".
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Didn't see it coming...
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Re: Didn't see it coming...

My cats have rarely defurred to me. I guess they don't like to deaf-hear to authority.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: waits for no one
Replies: 3
Views: 1218

Re: waits for no one

I would use 2) in response to a question like "Was there anyone he helped?" because it's a more emphatic negation.

Similarly, I might use 4) in response to a question like "Is there anyone you're waiting for?"

Other than in these cases, I'd go with Tony's answers.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: committing no crime/having committed no crime
Replies: 3
Views: 1282

Re: committing no crime/having committed no crime

They're all grammatical. The more pertinent question is whether they all mean what you intend them to mean. All the odd-numbered sentences imply that the person who is the subject was not (or was, in the case of #6) committing a crime while in prison. As for being idiomatic: they are all written in ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: life-saved
Replies: 5
Views: 1472

Re: life-saved

"Life-saved" immediately places the speaker in a previously life-threatening context, and makes their rescue sound more dramatic than the plainer "I was saved". Additionally, while the latter would be accurate, it would also be open to greater misinterpretation, especially by people belonging to cer...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sell quickly
Replies: 2
Views: 1178

Re: Sell quickly

'Fast-moving consumer goods' (abbreviation: FMCG) and 'consumer packaged goods' (CPG) are terms used in commerce for low-value commodities like soap, aspirin and toilet paper. 'Discount marketing' refers to the practice of undercutting commercial rivals, which can result in a price war. In Britain, ...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big frying pan
Replies: 5
Views: 1487

Re: Big frying pan

Other possibilities are griddle and some of the terms listed here.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Place to practice martial arts
Replies: 4
Views: 1431

Re: Place to practice martial arts

Wikipedia's article titled 'dojo' notes:
Other names for training halls that are equivalent to "dojo" include the following:

Akhara (Indian martial arts)
Dojang (Korean martial arts)
Gelanggang (silat Melayu)
Heya (sumo)
Kalari (kalaripayat)
Sasaran (pencak silat)
Wuguan (wushu)