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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bathtub
Replies: 4
Views: 579

Re: Bathtub

Bath tray also generates plenty of hits. You've probably already figured this out, Steven, but you can generally get a pretty good idea of how well-used a particular expression is for a given object if you search for the term in Google (preferably enclosed in double quotation marks if it's a multi-...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: BBC Radio 4 Extra : Many a Slip
Replies: 11
Views: 1297

Re: BBC Radio 4 Extra : Many a Slip

I heard a lot of 'Many a Slip' when the episodes were first broadcast back in the 1970s. The URLs on your linked-to page were like a time machine transporting you back to an era of humorous nitpickery and punctilious enunciation that I look back on with a mixture of nostalgia plus relief that we're ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Change the height of the chair
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Change the height of the chair

What Trolley said.

You could also refer to them in general terms as seat adjustment controls.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Paint one's face black
Replies: 3
Views: 480

Re: Paint one's face black

Nothing more exotic than Camouflage Face Paint. http://camofacepaint.com/ The blurb on the 'About' page of that website starts off thus (highlighting in bold added by me): -------------------- "Bobbie Weiner aka Bloody Mary Humanitarian /Entrepreneur Bobbie Weiner, internationally known makeup arti...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: If the person who named walkie-talkies also named other things...
Replies: 2
Views: 807

Re: If the person who named walkie-talkies also named other things...

Mascara = inky-blinky
Breastfeeding session = nipple tipple
Ladle = soupy-scoopy
One-night stand = humpty-dumpty
Circumcision = nilly-willy
Shart = starty-farty
Toilet = sitty-shitty
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: L'esprit de l'escalier
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: L'esprit de l'escalier

I've just found some additional background info on Wikipedia.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: L'esprit de l'escalier
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: L'esprit de l'escalier

"L'esprit de l'escalier" (or "l'esprit d'escalier") has the literal meaning of 'wit of the stairs', and describes the clever riposte or retort you've thought of too late, possibly after exiting from the place or situation in which it would have been useful or appropriate to utter it. German has a co...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Air-conditioner
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: Air-conditioner

I suspect that what your photo shows is only a grille (or ceiling register, as Americans might call it) — in other words, it's a vent for cooled or heated air to enter the room which is fed by ducting that ultimately leads back to the heat exchanger/furnace. The air conditioner unit itself, containi...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Medicine
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Medicine

tony h wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:25 pm
Erik_Kowal wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:40 pm
Orange is the colour of lies, apparently.
Is this a play on an Irish political comment?
That could be inferred, I suppose, but I was actually thinking of the current incumbent of the White House (or 'Agent Orange', as I sometimes think of him).
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: If the person who named walkie-talkies also named other things...
Replies: 2
Views: 807

If the person who named walkie-talkies also named other things...

Stamp = licky-sticky Defibrillator = hearty-starty Bumble bee = fuzzy-buzzy Memoir = glibly-scribbly Pregnancy test = maybe-baby Bra = breastie-nestie Fork = stabby-grabby Corpse = popsy-clogsy Socks = feety-heaties Pub crawl = boozy-cruisy Dagger = cutty-gutty Hippopotamus = floaty-bloaty Nightmare...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Medicine
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Medicine

Orange is the colour of lies, apparently.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Medicine
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Medicine

These are known as anti-motion sickness medications, with some overlap existing between these and anti-emetics.

A more colloquial general term for motion sickness is travel sickness.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hair thing
Replies: 7
Views: 792

Re: Hair thing

According to Wikipedia: "A barrette (American English), also known as a hair clip, hair-slide or clasp (British English), is a clasp for holding hair in place." The same page also lists nearly 30 types and sub-types of hair fastener. The particular kind depicted in your photo is labelled in other ph...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Thing used in supermarkets
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: Thing used in supermarkets

Yes, I agree that it would have been very fitting.

Otherwise, my former father-in-law would have been a good (albeit less expert) contender. His name is Cart.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Small hinges swing big doors
Replies: 14
Views: 2065

Re: Small hinges swing big doors

Your findings advance things considerably, Tony, even though it's not clear at this point where or when the expression was first coined.

Your research at least eliminates Clement Stone as the author, given that he was born in 1902 and the two earliest citations you found both date from 1885.