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by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The pub.
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: The pub.

Shelley wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:03 pm
So, is sologamy even legal?
In most places it's not illegal (as far as I'm aware), but it has no legal standing. So no additional deductions are available to sologamists: if they were, I assume that the vast majority of single adults would be married to themselves.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The pub.
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: The pub.

That reminds me of the intriguing phenomenon of sologamy, (i.e. people marrying themselves) — see, for instance, this 2017 story in The Telegraph.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 1875

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Similarly, see also Robert Scheer 's article The Great Con of American Patriotism, which centres on his interview with Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen. There you'll find both an audio file of the interview (34'58") and a transcript. Below, I've reproduced Scheer's description of the interview's con...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 1875

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Today, the estimable American investigative reporter Chris Hedges published this salutary critique (which I have reproduced in full below) of Peter Jackson's film They Shall Not Grow Old: -------------------- When director-producer Peter Jackson ’s World War I film, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Metal flag
Replies: 2
Views: 899

Re: Metal flag

That's a flag pin.

Generically, it is a lapel pin.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: and vs. or
Replies: 2
Views: 966

Re: and vs. or

Both sentences are grammatical.

Logically, people ought to say b), but often say a). However, because everyone who hears such an utterance intuitively understands that nobody has all those occupations at the same time, it's a case of a distinction that makes no difference.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 1670

Re: Lingerie floor

I'd like to know more about why you ended up operating an elevator, Shelley. It sounds like there must be quite a story attached!
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: J S Bach
Replies: 11
Views: 2133

Re: J S Bach

Phil, I admire your vehemence. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: J S Bach
Replies: 11
Views: 2133

Re: J S Bach

On the basis that Bach is a particular person's name, and that in principle it is reasonable to expect others to at least attempt to say one's name as one would say it oneself, it is a solecism to make no concessions to the name-owner's pronunciation even if that person is of a different nationality...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Lingerie floor
Replies: 9
Views: 1670

Re: Lingerie floor

It means that his job obliged him to verbally announce the arrival of the elevator at the floor housing the department which sold women's undergarments. (Presumably, his overweening machismo could not withstand the mismatch between his hypermasculine self-image and his being associated — however ind...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: What do you call this job position?
Replies: 8
Views: 1639

Re: What do you call this job position?

Janitor (Mainly US)
Caretaker (Mainly UK)

The hours worked are incidental, i.e. they are not relevant to your question.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Clients and Customers
Replies: 6
Views: 1458

Re: Clients and Customers

I believe the first definitions in the OED do not necessarily represent the main current meaning, but the earliest meaning (which may now be obsolete).
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: J S Bach
Replies: 11
Views: 2133

Re: J S Bach

Yours. The other variant is barking up the wrong tree.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 7
Views: 1875

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

It is not a pretty film...but we promised them that we would not forget. And yet we have forgotten. By this I don't mean to imply, for instance, that Remembrance Day is no longer observed, but that all around the world, war continues to be waged and violent atrocities committed to such an extent th...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Dog paddle
Replies: 7
Views: 1670

Re: Dog paddle

I've always known this as the doggy paddle:

"Can you do the doggy paddle?"