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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: Word Scrabble Game
Replies: 25
Views: 24373

Re: Word Scrabble Game

Yes, it looks like the site has disappeared. Try www.wordplays.com instead.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: The story
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

The story

One day, the English professor told his class the following: "Today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story. The process is simple. You will form into pairs. As homework tonight, one of you will write the first paragraph of a short story. You will e-mail your partner that paragrap...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: solace and consolation
Replies: 5
Views: 2031

Re: solace and consolation

It seems plausible: according to Wiktionary, the very similar Latin word solaris means

1) Of or pertaining to the sun, solar.
2) (figuratively) sunny

However, mere plausibility is not the same as evidence. I couldn't find any; maybe someone else can.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: solace and consolation
Replies: 5
Views: 2031

Re: solace and consolation

According to Etymonline.com, they both ultimately derive from the Latin solari, "to comfort, console, soothe." Etymonline's search engine is quite sophisticated: when I looked up solace, it generated hits for many other words related to it in terms of either meaning or etymological derivation, or bo...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Needle
Replies: 3
Views: 2358

Re: Needle

"You're running on fumes".

"You're down to almost nothing [ in the tank ]".

"The fuel light is showing" (if it is).
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was kidnapped
Replies: 1
Views: 2034

Re: was kidnapped

My comments regarding how natural these variants seem are shown in black. Which are correct: 1) He was killed to keep him silent. Yes. 2) He was killed to be kept silent. No. 3) He was killed to keep silent (meaning: He was killed so that he would keep silent.) No. 4) He was killed in order to keep ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: stochastic terrorism
Replies: 5
Views: 3296

Re: stochastic terrorism

“ Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. [...] DailyKos.com, 10 January 2019 I am not keen on this novel usage. I get the point being made by the c...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Live off one's parents
Replies: 4
Views: 2722

Re: Live off one's parents

I would call him, A-lazy-sod-who-will-live-to-regret-being-a-lazy-sod-when-his-parents-have-popped-off. He probably won't outlive his parents. Steve: I don't think there's a specific term for that category of person. More general terms for someone who lives off someone else without making a contrib...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 13
Views: 7383

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

https://www.brugesgroup.com/images/easyblog_articles/657/b2ap3_large_Brexit-cake.jpg LEAVER: I want an omelette. REMAINER: Right. It’s just we haven’t got any eggs. LEAVER: Yes, we have. There they are. [HE POINTS AT A CAKE] REMAINER: They’re in the cake. LEAVER: Yes, get them out of the cake, plea...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Live off one's parents
Replies: 4
Views: 2722

Re: Live off one's parents

I'd call them fortunate to be able to have this brief interlude in which to enjoy life before exponentially accelerating climate catastrophe, a global financial meltdown, planetary ecosystem collapse and/or famine takes us all down, probably around 1-2 years from now (depending on where one happens ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bad seed
Replies: 2
Views: 2327

Re: Bad seed

The reason you couldn't find that term is that it is not an established idiom. The proverb the person who used the phrase was probably grappling for (and failing to remember correctly) was "There's a bad apple in every barrel", meaning (in this context) "Even a well-run/ethical organization will hav...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Scary
Replies: 1
Views: 1501

Re: Scary

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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Protest
Replies: 7
Views: 3187

Re: Protest

tony h wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:27 am
We always imagine Americans are much more exuberant in their emotions
Good point. I should have included shoot {the place up / anything that moves / everyone {in sight / within range}} and indiscriminately open fire.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: not much more
Replies: 1
Views: 2103

Re: not much more

They are all grammatically correct, and mean pretty much the same thing.

The inclusion of much in c) and d) has a softening effect, which means that a) and b) could -- depending on the context -- sound more critical of the person whose action is being described.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Protest
Replies: 7
Views: 3187

Re: Protest

You might {cause / create / make} a scene, or make a [real] {fuss / nuisance of yourself}. In Britain (but not the USA, I think), you could also go ballistic. Or you could just complain loudly.