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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: How Smart?
Replies: 1
Views: 913

Re: How Smart?

I wish! I think the ideal demise for Covid-45 would be for him to choke on a burger while in his marble bathroom and cough uncontrollably, causing him to lose his balance and slip, bash his head on his gold-plated bath tap, and end up with his face in the pan of his gold-plated toilet. The benefits:...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ketchup
Replies: 6
Views: 2013

Re: Ketchup

Funny that, Phil. I can see only the second (Hunts) bottle in Steven's posting, but not the first (whether in his original posting or in the 'reply' screen). When I opened his posting for editing to extract the URL for the image of the first bottle and pasted it directly into my browser, I got a tot...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Ketchup
Replies: 6
Views: 2013

Re: Ketchup

If the other bottle (which I can't see in your posting) was a flexible plastic bottle with a nozzle, that would be a squeeze bottle.

The Hunts bottle is a standard plastic bottle of ketchup with a screw cap.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Re: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?

There's a reason those parking lots are mostly empty. I believe that the handbaskets (and handcarts) get sent back to Earth for reuse. Otherwise, how are all those people who I am sure we agree have a metaphorical label stuck to their foreheads saying "I'M GOING STRAIGHT TO HELL" going to get there?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: 1932
Replies: 2
Views: 1647

Re: 1932

Sort of. As you implied, in 1932 the United States was in dire economic straits. 1932 was one year in what was subsequently loosely called "The Great Depression", a state of affairs that was relieved by government assistance in the shape of the so-called New Deal. Person B is doubtful that this time...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Re: Who goes to hell - as far as those pious Bible Christians are concerned?

What we need is a proper study to investigate your question by asking the various populations of ultra-pious Christians around the globe what their opinions are concerning the makeup of Hell's denizens. Ideally, we ought also to have someone actually visit Hell and report back on the objective demog...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Two feet of concrete
Replies: 2
Views: 1694

Re: Two feet of concrete

I presume Person A means that in normal circumstances, less than two feet of roadway is visible between you and the car in front because the highways are so crowded with traffic. Los Angeles is particularly notorious for its nose-to-tail traffic jams. Many roads in the US, especially in the suburbs,...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Semicircle
Replies: 2
Views: 2001

Re: Semicircle

I don't know the technical term for that spiked semicircular steel object, but I do know that its purpose is to bar anyone from trying to get round the end of the object it is attached to. You typically find them being used to make the end of a wall or fence that runs up to a river, canal or railway...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: kitsch
Replies: 3
Views: 9539

Re: kitsch

I couldn't help wondering what sort of situation made it worth coining a special word to describe the activity of scraping mud up off the street. Picture the scene: ------- (LOCATION: A COTTAGE IN A SMALL TOWN IN BAVARIA, CIRCA 1830) HUSBAND: Did you kitsch today, Liebchen? WIFE: No, meine Liebe, I ...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It gets the lungs
Replies: 7
Views: 9066

Re: It gets the lungs

That must explain the new habit some people now have of bumping their elbows together as a form of greeting. They obviously can't tell their aerosol from their elbow.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Flying through the letter box
Replies: 3
Views: 2655

Re: Flying through the letter box

I have no idea what Person B is referring to. Maybe they meant to say "the bills are flying through the letter box", but it would still be a complete non sequitur lacking any connection with what Person A said.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bloody hell
Replies: 2
Views: 2475

Re: Bloody hell

The exclamation "Bloody hell!" can be used in a wide variety of situations, ranging from shock, surprise and dismay to approval and admiration. In the context you described, I take "Bloody hell for me" as an expression of admiration from Simon Cowell. This may make his utterance a bit easier to foll...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: League
Replies: 2
Views: 3057

Re: League

The phrase is indeed often used in that context, but it can be applied more generally too.

I suspect the term originated in sports, where groups of teams of roughly similar ability are often organized as a hierarchy of leagues.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Charge way
Replies: 3
Views: 3230

Re: Charge way

Trolley's right.

I suppose the "tine of need" is where you find yourself when you've been forced to fork out over the odds.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Across the desk
Replies: 6
Views: 4344

Re: Across the desk

If I was asked to describe what is happening in the photo, I would say "The woman has fallen asleep at her desk" or "The woman is asleep at her desk". If I particularly wanted to emphasize her posture, I would say "The woman is lying [asleep] across her desk". The form "laying" is also often used, e...