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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Time out
Replies: 0
Views: 120

Time out

An elevator operator got tired of people asking him what time it was, so he decided to mount a clock above the control panel.

The next person to enter looked at it and asked, "Is that clock right?"
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Country etiquette
Replies: 0
Views: 153

Country etiquette

A guy goes skinny-dipping in a country pond. The local gang of brats steals his clothes, but leaves his hat. Holding the hat over his member, the fellow walks down the nearby road and up to a farmhouse to seek assistance. A woman is sitting on the porch, reading. When she notices him, she bursts out...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Blown-up
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Blown-up

An actor who is not 'blown up' is one whose reputation or sense of self-importance has not become unduly inflated, whether by themselves or others.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How much use are dictionaries?
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: How much use are dictionaries?

1) You write, It is not a question of identifying every conceivable scenario in which a word may be used, but rather identifying the mechanisms by which the meaning changes , which are far fewer. The phrase of yours that I have bolded is very vague and could mean anything. To clarify it, could you ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How much use are dictionaries?
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: How much use are dictionaries?

It's unreasonable to expect lexicographers to have to envisage and cater for every conceivable nuance and variation of meaning that could be attached to a given headword. In your example, the question of whether the object being kicked moves or not is pretty irrelevant to the basic meaning of kick, ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 9
Views: 421

Re: Coffee

Here in the US cream is the preferred "whitener" of coffee, so any mention of coffee with milk would be unusual. If you are a US coffee drinker, you'll very rarely be served coffee that isn't made directly from coffee beans. In many other countries that isn't the case: there, you'll often be offere...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 9
Views: 421

Re: Coffee

I would say "I like to drink milky coffee" or "I {prefer / take} my coffee fairly milky" to describe your preference.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Deflationary times
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Deflationary times

A mummy balloon, a daddy balloon and a baby balloon are all watching TV one evening. After a few hours, the parents announce they are ready to head off to bed, but they tell the baby balloon he's OK to stay up a bit longer. An hour later, baby balloon finishes watching his show and also heads toward...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: mattes
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: mattes

I suspect that celestial matters was intended, but was mistyped.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: it will devastate him if
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: it will devastate him if

All seem fine to me.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a plan to
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: a plan to

IMO, yes. The context would clarify.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 12
Views: 473

Re: An operation

Phil White wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:33 pm
I always find "marmalade" an obscenely long word for first thing in the morning.
I suppose you'd prefer just to get 'lade?
by Erik_Kowal
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Pillow
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: Pillow

Let's hope it isn't just a piping dream.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Pineapple
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: Pineapple

I pointed out to a friend of mine that he had turned his lawn into a colony of cannibals by feeding it cuttings of itself. This had never occurred to him before.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: An operation
Replies: 12
Views: 473

Re: An operation

Not bizarre at all. In the USA and wherever else 'C-section' is used in connection with delivering a baby, it's simply a shortened form of 'Caesarian section'.