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by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Re: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"

tony h wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:56 pm
I think I am being affected by a big yellow ball in the sky.
:)
Not as much as the person who wrote this news article:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/h ... 70661.html
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words from foreign languages in use in English / Nolo episcopari
Replies: 7
Views: 3100

Re: Words from foreign languages in use in English / Nolo episcopari

Yes. Both of Bush 43's successors (and also the people they defeated). :cry:
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Re: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"

My hypothesis is that we (British) omit the article when going to a place for the purposes of being on the receiving end of the verb-form for that place. So: - hospital, hospitalised - gaol, gaoled - school, schooled vs - college (no colleged) - office (no officed) I don't think being on the receiv...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Re: Grammar in: "go to school" vs "go to the school"

Let's first get the most straightforward instances out of the way. The following are all consistent and hence unproblematic: You go to the (particular) school / jail / office to do a one-off activity of some kind (or at least, there is no open-ended arrangement regarding how often you go there). You...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 28, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: much less
Replies: 6
Views: 1400

Re: much less

But as regards sentence '1', I seem hopelessly lost. I think I have a blind spot or something. To me, in that sentence 'much less' has to be replaced with 'more so'. 1) "The sides of River Up are too wooded for stands, much less visitors." 1a) The sides of River Up are too wooded for stands, more s...
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 25, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gaslighting
Replies: 2
Views: 1655

Re: gaslighting

Thank you, Ken.

My thoughts regarding Trump and... well, American society in general (with the honourable exception of yourself and other US-based fellow-Wordwizards, of course!) are not fit to be expressed in polite company, so I'll keep them to myself in this forum.
by Erik_Kowal
Fri May 25, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Grammer Nazi
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Re: Grammer Nazi

The comments under the Grammer Nazi clip are even Grammer Nazier than than the clip. :lol:
by Erik_Kowal
Wed May 23, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: dangling modifier?
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Re: dangling modifier?

"What he was doing... in my pajamas I have no idea."
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 21, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: so/thus
Replies: 3
Views: 1208

Re: so/thus

In the second sentence of each of those pairs, the final 'thus' or 'so' is superfluous. Leaving them out would make the statements sound more natural and less pedantic. Similarly, the first sentence of each pair would sound better if the rather old-fashioned or bureaucratic-sounding phrase 'certain ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon May 14, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 11
Views: 3274

Re: tinfoil hat

Notice that the cat's tinfoil hat is shaped like a fish. (Any kind will do — except a tuna fish, for obvious reasons.)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Favourite dictionary ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1922

Re: Favourite dictionary ...

I do prefer the paper format when I'm reading a physical book, precisely because it is such a suitable vehicle for serendipitous finds. However, when I'm at the computer it is usually quicker and more convenient simply to use OneLook and its associated resources, especially as those are all more up-...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 2755

Re: spoony

Which is sometimes also the just deserts spoon...

Thanks for painting that amusing little scene for us, Tony. :D
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: All together
Replies: 13
Views: 1681

Re: All together

Thanks for those insights, Tony. :)
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 6
Views: 1328

Re: Secrets

You:

Keep something under your hat; keep mum [about it]; stay quiet / silent [about it]; say nothing [about it]; keep [it] sub rosa [Rare usage]; keep [it] to yourself; keep [it] confidential.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue May 08, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a van for carrying
Replies: 5
Views: 1578

Re: a van for carrying

The usual verbs to describe the moving of objects from one place to another using a vehicle or animal are move, transport, convey and shift, whereas 'carry' suggests they are being moved by hand.

Hence moving, transporting, conveying and shifting rather than 'carrying'.