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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Donald Trump about
Replies: 5
Views: 1337

Re: Donald Trump about

tony h wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:30 pm
When reading Erik's response you may wish to consider whether the response is simply a linguistic response , or whether it is more a reflection of by Erik's politics.
Tony's very pertinent comment prompts me to point you to this Vice news story from yesterday.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Donald Trump about
Replies: 5
Views: 1337

Re: Donald Trump about

I think we're all asking ourselves that. One clue may be drawn from the public meeting he presided over in Puerto Rico in which he demonstrated his goodwill to its people by throwing rolls of paper kitchen towels into the crowd -- rather like Tom Jones**, but in reverse. (This was a week or two afte...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Boxes of pies stacked up
Replies: 5
Views: 1192

Re: Boxes of pies stacked up

Bob, I had the same reaction as you. :P
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Just a Minute rules ...
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Re: Just a Minute rules ...

If you followed that principle consistently, you would also be prohibiting apostrophe S from being used more than once by the same speaker in the same 60-second segment.

I think that would cripple the game, or at least make it exceedingly difficult to play.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Translating 'The Iliad'
Replies: 0
Views: 851

Translating 'The Iliad'

Ever wondered why Homer's story is called The Iliad?

Ilium was another name for Troy, and the -ad suffix means "the story of". So if you translate the title into English, The Iliad could actually be rendered as Troy Story.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Peachy
Replies: 9
Views: 1691

Re: Peachy

In the States it's often shortened to douche, as in "That guy's a total douche!"

I suppose there's some sort of logic there for speakers of British English, for whom an exclamation like "Those plumbers are a complete shower!" would be meaningful.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: orthography
Replies: 2
Views: 1267

Re: orthography

We tend to comment on spelling, hand writing and grammar as though they were separate parts of a communication. It is as though we talk of "three lines, joined together" but never mention the triangle. Isn't all of that covered by the term 'written communication' (or 'handwritten communication', if...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Neologism - volunteeriat
Replies: 3
Views: 1151

Re: Neologism

This Catalan page says: "Què és el voluntariat ? El voluntariat és el conjunt d’accions que porten a terme les persones que dediquen una part del seu temps lliure a realitzar un servei als altres o a la comunitat, d’una manera solidària, per voluntat pròpia i sense esperar res a canvi." This transla...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 17755

Re: blind men on galloping horses

Somehow, I keep thinking about those "poor starving kids in China" that I always had to hear about when ever I complained about having to eat creamed corn, or brussell sprouts or liver and onions. That reminds me of when I was about 8 and flicking salt from a salt cellar while waiting in the queue ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Cars
Replies: 7
Views: 1957

Re: Cars

The purpose of a spoiler is to reduce the drag from airflow turbulence (thereby increasing fuel efficiency) and/or to improve the handling characteristics. In the latter case, it is designed to apply downward pressure on the rear wheels when the car is moving quickly, thereby enabling it to corner a...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pay respects
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: Pay respects

ODO defines 'afar ' as follows, and supplies several examples of sentences that include it: afar 1 ADVERB literary At or to a distance. ‘for months he had loved her from afar’ ‘Those who had travelled from afar were allowed to carry home their treasures.’ ‘We drove fast, in case they thought to pull...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pay respects
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: Pay respects

A doesn't want to come near B's coffin because she is afraid that she will be super -upset and cry a lot, so she stands {so far / sufficiently far / such a distance} away that nobody will see her. (She is already heartbroken -- a long-lasting state -- but she fears becoming visibly upset -- a short-...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kleptocracy
Replies: 4
Views: 1349

Re: kleptocracy

<2018 “The Hudson Institute has promoted programs examining the rise of kleptocracy in governments around the world, with Russia as a prime target.”— New York Times , 21 August> According to Wikipedia , "The Hudson Institute is a politically conservative,[6] 501(c)(3) non-profit American think tank...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Charmed
Replies: 4
Views: 1240

Re: Charmed

In my opinion, it would be said more by older people than by younger folk. And it would be more likely to be said to a woman than to a man.

But as always in questions of social protocol, perceptions and usages vary, so other people may have a different sense of the term than I do.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Restaurant roof
Replies: 5
Views: 1314

Re: Restaurant roof

I would call it a pergola.

This is the kind of 'arbour I imagine Tony was thinking of:

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