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by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drink
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: Drink

1. I drink because I enjoy {it / the taste}, not to get drunk.
2. Pressuring {a person / someone} to drink {too much / to excess} is unacceptable.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: North Korea

I believe it's quite a hit with the general pubic.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: North Korea

Bobinwales wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:55 pm
Thank you for the corrected spelling Erik. I thought it was bad enough with an 's', the 'z' makes it even worse.
The 'Merkins like spelling zees, so it seemed only right.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: North Korea

The North Koreans are already missilized. Didn't the, uh, 'American gentleman' actually mean "nuclear warhead-missilized"?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A kind of system
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Re: A kind of system

Those objects are known in Britain as rising bollards, retractable bollards or automatic bollards . They are generally used to allow buses or other authorized vehicles to pass over them while blocking most other traffic. Some installations are designed to detect such vehicles and retract automatical...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kiss and make up
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Kiss and make up

The expression can be used for any combination of sexes, though it is probably best avoided in contexts where it might give rise to faulty inferences about the nature of the relationship between the parties involved. In such situations, you can simply say "make up". It can also be used (somewhat fac...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: A Cautionary Tale

Phew, Bob! You dodged a bullet there!
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Alcoholic smell
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: Alcoholic smell

"She {stinks / reeks} of alcohol!" ("Her {breath / clothes} reek (etc. ...)".) For some reason, English speakers tend not to single out the body of a person for special mention in this context unless there is a particularly salient reason for doing so (for instance, if the person has been arrested o...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 0
Views: 155

Gratitude

A man stops at a farmhouse to buy some eggs. From the kitchen, he can see a pig with three legs lying on the living-room sofa being fed bon-bons by the farmer's young son. The visitor asks the farmer about it. "Him? Well, our lad Tommy fell in the well one day. The pig was the only one who saw him f...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wrong lane
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Wrong lane

I would not describe the white car as being in the wrong lane, for two reasons: 1) The driver of the car has crossed the centre line in order to avoid endangering the pedestrians walking along the edge of the carriageway, so there is no question of faulty driving: provided it does not violate any ov...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: 2 plus 2
Replies: 1
Views: 158

2 plus 2

Tommy's parents had tried everything to help his math grade: tutors, flash cards, Hooked on Math , special learning centers, everything. When nothing worked, in desperation they enrolled him in the local Catholic school. On the very first day, he came home with a serious look on his face, went strai...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Hot shower treatment
Replies: 0
Views: 156

Hot shower treatment

A fellow was telling his doctor about his back pain. The doc said, "When my back hurts, I get into a hot shower with my wife and get her to give me a good rubdown. I think you should try that too!" Next week, the patient returned. "Your idea really worked!" he exclaimed. "By the way, you have a real...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A kind of vegetable
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Re: A kind of vegetable

According to Wikipedia : Momordica charantia, known as bitter melon, bitter gourd, bitter squash, or balsam-pear, is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit. Its many varieties differ substantially in the shape...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Blue parrot
Replies: 0
Views: 126

Blue parrot

A woman has her priest over for dinner. During the meal her guest can't help noticing that his host's parrot, Polly, is surprisingly foul-mouthed. So he offers to put the bird with his own parrots, Peter and Paul, which only recite prayers. As soon as Polly meets the priest's birds, she says, "Well,...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Grimaldi
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Grimaldi

A depressed man is telling his doctor how bad he feels. The doctor suggests he should go to the theatre and see Grimaldi, the clown. "No one was ever funnier! The man's a genius!"

The patient looks at the doctor. "I'm Grimaldi," he replies.