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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 3486

Re: Authoress

The controversy over what terminology is appropriate to use reflects the fact that for some people, a term like 'actress' or 'princess' describes an objective difference, whereas for others it is a vehicle for perpetuating sex stereotypes. As the above-mentioned article in The Guardian highlights, a...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 8
Views: 1573

Re: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

An article in The Independent's online edition highlights a poem by Elise Wouters which pays homage to 50 Shades of Grey. The article says: --------------------- Belgian writer, poet and visual artist Elise Wouters has turned her pen to the most tumultuous political situation of our times, and she's...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Brexit explained: A layperson's guide
Replies: 8
Views: 1573

Brexit explained: A layperson's guide

In 2015, Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a promise he didn't think he'd have to keep to hold a referendum on Brexit that he didn't think he'd lose. Boris Johnson decided to back the side he didn't believe in because he didn't think it would win. After promising he wouldn't resign if he...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Removing your hair
Replies: 8
Views: 1147

Re: Removing your hair

8. Hello. I posted your hair on Facebook, and one of my friends has asked me to buy it for him. How much is it?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Removing your hair
Replies: 8
Views: 1147

Re: Removing your hair

7. Sorry, Miss, but you might want to check your wig for embedded trash.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Removing your hair
Replies: 8
Views: 1147

Re: Removing your hair

5. Pardon me, would you mind if I dispose of my chewing gum on the tail of your horse?
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: rabble-rouser
Replies: 6
Views: 3480

Re: rabble-rouser

That interpretation would be more convincing if the Bible had originally been written in English. 8)
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: has had vs. had
Replies: 4
Views: 1204

Re: has had vs. had

Rufus Miles wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:31 am
However one could argue that if this were indeed the speaker's intention, then he/she ought to have used "have become"...
True for British English, but I think this kind of tense mixing is largely acceptable in most flavours of US English.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 1796

Re: phone line breaking up

Bobinwales wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:52 pm
I would have said. "That bloke just cut me up!"
You would have left it at "bloke"???
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 1796

Re: phone line breaking up

Why is it "cut off" when the most likely reason was an unplugging of the line (when switchboards had plugs) or someone putting down the keys on the telephone - the least likely - unless you were in a Hollywood cowboy film, a village in occupied France in the 1940s or sometimes in a storm - was the ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phone line breaking up
Replies: 11
Views: 1796

Re: phone line breaking up

Most succinct = "You're breaking up" (i.e. the connection is deteriorating to the extent that your voice is getting so distorted that I can hardly make out what you're saying, and/or your voice is intermittemtly disappearing entirely"). Note that from the speaker's point of view, it's always the oth...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A negative affect
Replies: 6
Views: 1205

Re: A negative affect

A typo, most likely, where the writer had intended to write 'effect'. Almost everyone makes them now and again (I certainly do). :) Actually, there is also a noun 'affect', a term used mostly by psychologists and psychotherapists that means 'mood' or 'state of mind'. Unlike with the verb 'affect', t...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Authoress
Replies: 28
Views: 3486

Re: Authoress

There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why certain occupations or roles have generated separate designations for males and females, and some have not. Ditto why some female designations are often regarded as derogatory or demeaning compared with the similar terms used for their male counterparts...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Barriers
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

Re: Barriers

Trolley's answer is on the money.

Here's a site that sells numerous different items of a similar nature to those barriers/barricades and therefore provides a lot of associated vocabulary if you should need it:

https://safefence.co.uk/crowd-and-traff ... riers.html
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Barriers
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

Re: Barriers

I don't know of any specific designation for barriers of this type. However, they can be described in literal terms as portable ( or lightweight) barbed-wire barriers. It amuses me that someone has inserted roses into one of the barriers in the top photo: attractive bearers of thorns juxtaposed with...