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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: But don't tell a soul
Replies: 11
Views: 1638

Re: But don't tell a soul

Why didn't he put his finger across his pursed lips like everyone else does to say "Shhhh..."? Maybe there is a connection in these two gestures...the side of the nose somehow evolved into across the lips? Perhaps keeping something secret in the future is seen as sufficiently different to being phy...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: But don't tell a soul
Replies: 11
Views: 1638

Re: But don't tell a soul

Keep mum about this. Keep it under your hat. This is just between you and me. Let's keep it a secret. Let's keep this on the down low. Don't go spilling the beans. If anybody asks, you don't know nothing. Let's keep it quiet. Nobody else needs to know. Keep your trap shut. Keep shtum. It would be q...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: since vs. because
Replies: 1
Views: 1006

Re: since vs. because

In the case of a), a normal person would say 'because' if they meant 'because'.

Logically, b) invokes both interpretations.

In the case of c), the context of the utterance would normally clarify the intended meaning.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: How to search the Wordwizard site effectively
Replies: 0
Views: 1204

How to search the Wordwizard site effectively

The summary below is adapted from a description by Wordwizard's site administrator, Phil White. ----------------------------- The programming code underpinning the Wordwizard forum is associated with a few largely undocumented problems with the forum's native search function. Specifically, the searc...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"
Replies: 7
Views: 1797

Re: Etymology of the Word "Wizard"

Humbuggery is a well-established word:

https://onelook.com/?w=humbuggery
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: there was John
Replies: 1
Views: 964

Re: there was John

a.

The comma disambiguates the adjective "injured" by making it obvious (should it not already be apparent to the reader) that it is not a verb.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Neck
Replies: 6
Views: 1535

Re: Neck

Any suggestion that the construction technique known as wattle and daub has its origins in older people's use of cosmetics is entirely unfounded.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Neck
Replies: 6
Views: 1535

Re: Neck

Also jowl(s) and dewlap.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a question of -ed suffix pronunciation evolution
Replies: 2
Views: 1238

Re: a question of -ed suffix pronunciation evolution

It seems that the stressed ed ending is usually reserved for adjectives. When some of those same words can act as a verbs you can have a difference in pronunciation blessed...bless-ed winged...wing-ed wicked...wick-ed aged...ag-ed How is it decided which words do this? I don't know if there is a ru...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a question of -ed suffix pronunciation evolution
Replies: 2
Views: 1238

a question of -ed suffix pronunciation evolution

Q. Would it be etymologically consistent to distinctly pronounce the -ed suffix? e.g, walked vs walk.ed or brown-haired vs brown-hair.ed (i.e, to indicate past action, or alike attribute). i know that it was more common a long time ago to do so with some words, but which words if not all? (Note: Th...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: one of the men
Replies: 2
Views: 1236

Re: one of the men

They all look fine to me.

I can't discern any difference in meaning.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: that's kind
Replies: 3
Views: 1613

Re: that's kind

In my observation, prissiness and pedantry are closely associated. Prissiness is almost an essential quality for someone who aspires to excel in pedantry.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: knew not
Replies: 2
Views: 1159

Re: knew not

I think you'd just about get away with all of them in speech, but on the page they are very awkward. Much better to write: "The man who had been married an unknown number of times entered the room" and "The journalist who had written an unknown number of books entered the room". In the first pair of...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Life
Replies: 2
Views: 1169

Re: Life

If you say "Life doesn't always give us everything the way we want it", I would take that to mean "Life doesn't always give us everything we want in the manner we were hoping for". For example, if you wanted peace and quiet, you would not necessarily be very happy to obtain it by being shipwrecked o...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: his ex-wife
Replies: 3
Views: 1578

Re: his ex-wife

Bobinwales wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:39 pm
if you said that you had seen my ex-wife in the pub I would probably ask which one.
It sounds as if your ex doesn't have a favourite drinking spot.