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by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Shower
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Shower

Yes.

You could also more precisely describe it as a shower enclosure, shower cubicle or shower stall.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Metal circles
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Metal circles

The enlarged image seems to depict a more injurious form of barbed wire called razor wire, where the coils of wire are studded not with barbs but with blades.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kitchen device
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: Kitchen device

Box graters often incorporate a blade that enables the utensil to function like a mandoline.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kitchen device
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: Kitchen device

Trolley, has your family tasted your blood yet?
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Medical progress
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Medical progress

It was break time. Four doctors were sitting at the same table in the hospital canteen. The English doctor bragged, “We're so smart, we can transplant a heart into someone and have them functioning properly again in just a few months!” The German doctor replied, “That's nothing. Our country is so ad...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: facts or not facts
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: facts or not facts

The most charitable thing one can say in response to SHS's comment is that she is as prone to brain farts as everyone else in the White House, but that because of her high profile as the President's official spokesperson, hers are more obvious. For instance, doesn't she even realize that what she ca...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings Archive
Topic: English english?
Replies: 88
Views: 6660

Re: English english?

I must update my assertion that Bush 43 is or was the worst US president of this century. That considerable honour now goes to Dolt 45.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Taking the high road
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Taking the high road

In this amusing Washington Post article, Dana Milbank waxes eloquent on Donald Trump's elevated rhetorical powers.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: your help
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: your help

None of those wordings sound natural.

Try instead something like:

"I appreciate {your help / you[r] helping me} with my {efforts at self-improvement / self-improvement efforts}".
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Trees
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Trees

Those are vines or creepers. This particular creeper is probably ivy.

So, "I like to grow {vines/ivy} up my walls". If you don't specify that you like to grow grapevines, most people will assume you mean vines in general.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: comma question
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: comma question

I disagree with Bob that 2) makes no sense. I read its meaning as follows: - I saw Joan. - I also saw other women. These (in contrast to Joan) I found interesting. The comma between 'other' and 'interesting' in 2) marks them off from each other, making them separate and distinct descriptors. This se...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: foofaraw
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Re: foofaraw

Reminds me of 'free-for-all', i.e. a melee. But that's doubtless purely coincidental.

It's not 2017 I'd like to see shot.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: if he has any
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: if he has any

None of those are incorrect (though 'c' sounds a little peculiar), but they all sound dismissive and patronising because they suggest that it's very unlikely that the person mentioned has any interesting ideas. Unless that's what you were intentionally going for, it would be better to say: "I'm sure...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence
Replies: 11
Views: 696

Re: Possessive of city/state & full date at beginning of sentence

Bob's right. Otherwise there would be endless confusion as to which location was being referred to.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swords
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Swords

Image

I would call those tassels.